Nottingham Forest will look to right the wrongs of last weekend’s miserable home defeat to Bristol City on Saturday.

The opponents, Wigan Athletic, have the second worst away record in the Championship and three points are firmly there for the taking for the Reds.

Boss Martin O’Neill will be well aware that his new charges can ill afford any more slip-ups when it comes to claiming a play-off place.

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O’Neill was criticised by some sections of the Forest support for his tactics last week; with his choice to leave Joao Carvalho on the bench deemed an aberration by many.

The 21-year-old has six assists to his name this season and is Forest’s most obvious creative spark.

Having now had a full week on the training ground with his new squad, O’Neill could ring some changes after last week’s poor showing.

The Bristol City defeat leaves Forest seven points away from the top six, and with several sides in FA Cup action this week, the Reds have a real opportunity to make some ground up.

Ahead of the City Ground contest, Seat Pitch looked at how O’Neill might line-up this weekend.

GK – Costel Pantilimon

The Romanian improved last weekend against Bristol City; making several crucial stops with the game goalless.

Pantilimon will seemingly retain the gloves under the stewardship of O’Neill.

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RB – Saidy Janko

With Sam Byram injured and Tendayi Darikwa still suspended, it seems obvious that the Swiss defender will continue on the right-hand side.

The man on-loan from Porto will need to improve on last weekend’s performance where he was particularly out of sorts.

CB – Yohan Benalouane

The Tunisian defender was Forest’s best player during his debut last weekend.

The 30-year-old will be hoping to build on that performance and become a mainstay in the starting line-up.

CB – Danny Fox

The defender could play his last game on Saturday before moving, perhaps ironically, to Wigan.

 

According to the Nottingham Post, the Latics are keen to sign Fox, although a defensive crisis dictates Forest will need him on Saturday.

LB – Jack Robinson

Fox’s return from suspension should allow Robinson to move to a more natural left-back berth.

Forest look a lot more balanced across the back when two natural full-backs are present.

RM – Arvin Appiah

Having penned a new long-term contract this week, as confirmed by the club’s official website, could the youngster be handed his first start?

The 18-year-old has taken his first-team bow this season from the bench and it remains to be seen when he will be handed that elusive maiden start.

CM – Jack Colback

Forest’s model of consistency will surely retain his place in the side for the visit of Wigan to the City Ground.

Colback was one of few Forest players who could take any credit from last weekend’s defeat and he always puts in a shift.

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CM – Claudio Yacob

The Argentinean captained the side last weekend and it seems unlikely he will lose his place here.

Two holding midfielders can work for the Reds but it is heavily dependent on some creative flair being present in the final third of the pitch.

LM – Joe Lolley

The ex-Huddersfield man was left isolated on the right-hand side last weekend and O’Neill would be wise to shift him back to the left this weekend.

Forest need to get Lolley firing again and moving him back to his natural position would certainly be ideal.

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AMC – Joao Carvalho

Forest desperately missed the Portugal under-21 international last weekend and he must start on Saturday.

The 21-year-old has three goals and six assists to his name this season and is arguably Forest best player technically.

ST – Lewis Grabban

Grabban hasn’t scored for seven games and the Reds could do with him returning to form sharpish.

In fairness the 31-year-old hasn’t exactly had the most efficient service of late and Forest will look to feed their talisman on Saturday.