Nottingham Forest considering changes for Watford trip, confirms coach

Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce is likely to change Forest’s starting line-up for Tuesday evening’s trip to Watford.

The Midlands side travel to Hertfordshire on Tuesday looking to recover from the breaking of their unbeaten run on Saturday.

A 2-1 defeat at Cardiff knocked the club off the top of the table, and, with Norwich losing and Watford winning on the same day, the Hornets finally broke the deadlock and moved alone to first place.

Sitting three points ahead of their promotion rivals, Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic will be looking to claim his first home victory, with a win clearing a six-point gap between the two clubs. If their respective performances mirror those shown at the weekend, the Hornets should have no trouble in stealing three points off Stuart Pearce’s side, but Pearce is already figuring out ways to fix the problem - with changes likely to be made to the starting line-up.

First-team coach Brian Eastick told the official Forest website: “There’s one enforced change with Henri Lansbury picking up his fifth booking. It’ll be an opportunity certainly for one player to come into the team and show what he can do.”

In the defeat at Cardiff, the biggest problem that arose with the Forest line-up was the amount of space in front of the defensive line - something that could cost them when faced with the attacking talents possessed by Watford. Eastick confirmed that he was aware of the Hornets strengths, and that Pearce will decide the team to counteract any attacks they may face.

He added: “I don’t think Stuart has made his mind up completely on what his starting line-up will be. He’s mulling over one or two things in his mind. As always, he’ll take the opposition into consideration; the way they play, what their strengths and weaknesses are.

“You can get carried away with systems. He may tinker a little bit with the formation in front of the back four, but it will depend on the personnel he has available to him and the reports we’ve had on Watford.”

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