After the disappointment of the first defeat under the new régime, the Reds get a quick chance to make amends, and will hopefully have practiced their set-piece deliveries in the meantime.
Forest welcome back Guy Moussi after his suspension for two silly yellow cards at Blackpool, and the Frenchman may replace Jonathan Greening at the heart of midfield; Jesus’ place may depend upon the fitness of Greg Cunningham, who limped off on Saturday, but is expected to be fit. Other than that, I wouldn’t expect too many changes, mainly because there simply aren’t enough first-teamers to call upon.
Reading do not report any fresh injury problems – over the summer they lost Shane Long, but gained two notable first-teamers in striker Adam Le Fondre and giant defender Kaspers Gorkss. Their squad must be in pretty good nick as last season’s key players Jimmy Kebé, Noel Hunt and Ian Harte were all on the bench at the weekend.
Last season’s home match was a seven-goal thriller, with the value for money sadly being superceded by the disappointment of defeat to a late goal which was credited to Simon Church. I think most Forest fans would be happy if the goal count was lower, but the amount of points gained higher.