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Now eight matches into his reign as Nottingham Forest boss, Steve Cooper is realising that life at the City Ground is not as rosy as he may have thought.
On the back of a four-match winning streak, Forest have collected just two points from three games, both of which have been earned through late equalisers.
Their most recent win against Bristol City also came courtesy of two last-gasp strikes, and a trend is developing where they are struggling to gain an upper hand during the opening three quarters.
While Cooper will be delighted with the character of his squad, he is still waiting for something to click with the rest of their game.
Still, a return of 15 points from eight matches is promotion-level form, and there will be no complaints if that ratio can be replicated over the coming months.
With Max Lowe available to return to the Forest XI, Jack Colback could return to central midfield at the expense of James Garner.
Having netted Forest’s late equaliser against Sheffield United, Lewis Grabban is in line to replace Lyle Taylor in attack.
Philip Zinckernagel will also hope to come back into the team ahead of Joe Lolley.
Barring any late fitness issues, Preston boss McAvoy could stick with the team which started at Bournemouth.
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Brad Potts, Greg Cunningham and Daniel Johnson are all alternatives if he wants to introduce fresh legs in certain areas of the pitch.
Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Samba; Worrall, Figueiredo, McKenna; Spence, Yates, Garner, Lowe; Lolley; Johnson, Grabban
Preston North End possible starting lineup:
Iversen; Van den Berg, Bauer, Hughes; Barkhuizen, McCann, Whiteman, Earl; Browne; Riis, Maguire