Forest v Sunderland Team News

Forest are still without Arron Davies (calf), Paul Anderson (thigh), Joe Garner (knee), Lewis McGugan (thigh) and Kelvin Wilson (back).
Nathan Tyson and Andrew Cole are fit only for a place on the bench.
And Colin Calderwood must decide whether to rest Julian Bennett, recovering from a hamstring problem, although the full-back is likely to feature.
Roy Keane is likely to make five changes from the team that won at Spurs, with Darren Ward, Pascal Chimbonda, Carlos Edwards, David Healy and Djibril Cisse coming in.
El Hadji Diouf and Kieran Richardson are likely to be rested altogether.
FOREST (probable): Smith, Chambers, Morgan, Breckin, Bennett, Perch, Moussi, Cohen, McCleary, Earnshaw, Martin. Subs (from): Roberts, Cole, Tyson, Sinclair, Byrne, Thornhill, Heath, Reid, Moloney, Newbold.
SUNDERLAND (probable): Ward, Chimbonda, Nosworthy, Collins, Higginbotham, Edwards, Whitehead, Reid, Stokes, Cisse, Healy. Subs: Gordon, Leadbetter, Miller, Yorke, Diouf, Murphy, Bardsley.
Iain Williamson (Berkshire): Has been busy with the cards already this season, sending off three players and booking ten in his two matches.
But that may not come as a surprise given that he has averaged close to four cards per game over the past four seasons.
When he took charge of Forest's game against Leyton Orient last season, however, the Reds won 4-0 and only a single player was carded.
Djibril Cisse The French international striker marked his Premiership return by scoring the winning goal as a substitute at Spurs at the weekend.
He is likely to start against Forest as Roy Keane looks to improve his match fitness after signing him on loan from Marseille.
Robert Earnshaw v Darren Ward The striker has been Forest's main goal threat this season, with his pace and positional sense. But standing between him and his third goal of the campaign will be fellow Welsh international Darren Ward. The former Forest, Notts and Mansfield keeper is likely to be given a game ahead of Craig Gordon.

Bennett warns Keane "It will be different in the Cup!"

Nottingham Forest have the inside knowledge to surprise Sunderland in the Carling Cup tonight, insists Julian Bennett.
The Reds have been matched up with Roy Keane's Premiership outfit only weeks after facing them in a pre-season friendly at the City Ground.
Though they lost that match 1-0, defender Bennett is convinced that Forest will benefit from having had the opportunity to size them up.
And he believes Forest have enough quality to cause an upset, saying: "We know what to expect from them. Hopefully we can go that one step further this time and get the win.
"We matched them in all areas really, there was not that much in it. It was a very good goal that decided it, from Kieran Richardson.
"But it was even otherwise and we will be looking to do better when we have a fully fit squad. We will give them a good game."
Bennett believes it will be a completely different game because of the competitive edge added by both teams' desire to make it into the third round.
"They obviously have that Premiership quality and we will know a little bit about them," he said.
"But it will be different in the cup, it will be a different game because there is so much more at stake."

McManus said "No" to Forest

Crewe new boy Scott McManus has revealed he rejected the chance to joining Nottingham Forest in favour of moving to Gresty Road.

The 19-year-old left-back signed a two-year deal with the Railwaymen on Monday after having a trial with Championship outfit Forest.
However, the former Manchester United trainee believes his development will be aided by having greater first-team opportunities with the Railwaymen.
He told the Sentinel: "I've been to Nottingham Forest on trial as well, but I've signed where I preferred to come.
"I have a better opportunity here I think, there is a better chance for me to progress with my career."

Source: TeamTalk

Watson move back on?

Nottingham Forest are again being linked with a move for Ben Watson, who looks up for grabs at Crystal Palace.

The midfielder remains at Selhurst Park despite strong interest from Forest, QPR and Birmingham City but reports now claim Palace are ready to let him go.

Forest are ready to pay £2.5million in installments for Watson and Palace reports claim Forest are ready to accept that method as the transfer deadline fast approaches.


Lee Martin signs loan deal

As predicted in the Evening Post, the 21-year-old, who can also play up front, has joined on loan until January. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will even allow Martin to play in the Carling Cup against Morecambe tonight.

Source: Nottingham Evening Post

New left-winger on loan

Nottingham Forest will today announce the signing of Manchester United winger Lee Martin, on a season long loan deal.

The 21 year old, is a left sided player and has been described in some quarters as the 'new Beckham.' Although he's been at United since 2003, he's failed to make the breakthrough into the first team.

Martin has spent a fair bit of his time out on loan and has had spells with Rangers, Stoke, Plymouth and Sheffield United.

Source: Football365