Preview: Nottingham Forest (A)

Blackpool return to action after the international break this weekend in a trip to Nottingham Forest.

The Seasiders ended the international break on a high two weeks ago, thanks to an impressive 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers which made it four games unbeaten. As a result of that win, Neil Crtchley's men rose to 12th in the Championship table - three points off of the play-offs and seven points above the relegation zone with 11 matches played.

Saturday's hosts come into the match five places below Blackpool in 17th place, after a difficult start to the season, which saw them go through the first seven matches without victory. Since Steve Cooper took charge, the side have picked up dramatically, and are unbeaten in their last four matches.

The Manager: Steve Cooper
Just three weeks into his job at Nottingham Forest, Steve Cooper has made an impressive impact at the City Ground. The 41-year-old, who guided Swansea City to the Championship Play-Off Final last season, is unbeaten in his first three matches, winning two of them to see his side rise from the bottom of the table to 17th. Prior to his two year period in charge at Swansea, Cooper spent several years within the England youth setup, as well as at Liverpool.

The Key Man: Brennan Johnson
A product of Forest's Academy, Brennan Johnson has come through the ranks to become one of the first names on the Forest team sheet this season. The 20-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful year on loan at Lincoln last season, scoring 13 goals to see the side reach the Play-Off Final, where he played the full 90 minutes in the Wembley showpiece against the Seasiders. Johnson has two goals to his name this season, scoring against Derby County and Barnsley.

Our Last Three Meetings
14/02/15 - Blackpool 4 Nottingham Forest 4
09/08/14 - Nottingham Forest 2 Blackpool 0
08/02/14 - Blackpool 1 Nottingham Forest 1

Who Comes Out On Top?
Of the 84 meetings between Blackpool and Nottingham Forest, Forest slightly run out on top with 30 wins compared to Blackpool's 27. There have been 27 draws between the two sides.

The Referee: Kevin Friend
Kevin Friend will officiate Saturday's match, which will be his first Blackpool match in five years. His last one was in a 1-0 Football League Trophy defeat to Bolton Wanderers in October 2016.

There are a limited number of tickets remaining for tomorrow's match, which can be purchased from the Club Shop. Please note, there will no pay on the day option available for supporters. You must have purchased a ticket in advance.

Supporters not travelling to Nottingham can purchase an audio pass to listen to all of the action live. Supporters outside of the UK and Ireland can also purchase a match pass to watch the game live. Visit Tangerine TV for all the details.

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