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Chris Hughton faces these Nottingham Forest dilemmas ahead of QPR at 3pm

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Chris Hughton will be hoping for more of the same from his Nottingham Forest side this afternoon, as the Reds prepare to host Queens Park Rangers at the City Ground.

The Reds arrested a run of six games without a win on Good Friday, with James Garner’s first-half strike securing a 1-0 away win over Cardiff City in South Wales.

Another win this afternoon would put further daylight between themselves and the bottom three, and Hughton will be looking for his side to mathematically secure their Championship status as he looks ahead to the summer.

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After a superb collective effort against the Bluebirds, the manager needs to get the balance between continuity and match sharpness right when it comes to naming his side this afternoon.

But what dilemmas may he have ahead of kick-off? Here, we take a look at a couple…

Blackett or Ribeiro?

Friday afternoon saw Tyler Blackett make only his second league start under Hughton, coming in for the injured Gaetan Bong at left-back.

The defender produced a solid performance, too, keeping Tom Sang and Harry Wilson at bay down the right-hand side.

After producing such an astute display at left-back, it would be harsh to drop the 27-year-old this afternoon, however for a player who hasn’t played an awful lot this season, it’s also important that he doesn’t overdo it.

Yuri Ribeiro, who was left on the bench on Friday, is in line to earn a recall, but Blackett’s display in South Wales has certainly given Hughton food for thought heading into today.

Midfielder to drop out?

Filip Krovinovic is certainly in line to make a return to the starting line-up after being left on the bench against Cardiff.

Who the Croatian comes in for, however, is another matter entirely.

The most likely candidate would be Cafu, who was replaced by Jack Colback on Friday towards the latter stages of the contest.

But in a game where Forest are more inclined to attack, Cafu may keep his shirt and play alongside Krovinovic, with one of either Ryan Yates or James Garner sitting in the holding midfield role.

A change up top?

Two games in the space of three days could also culminate in fresh legs up top.

Lewis Grabban has led the line from the off in the last three games, but could be due a rest having only just returned from a spell on the sidelines.

Lyle Taylor is a contender to replace him having impressed off the bench against Cardiff, but Glenn Murray will also be eager to start having been an unused substitute on Friday.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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