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Such has been Forest’s form that it came as a surprise when bookmakers made them clear outsiders to extend their unbeaten record to nine games at the Riverside Stadium.
However, the East Midlands outfit were well beaten by Boro, Cooper posting just his second defeat in 16 games since his arrival in September.
The level of performance will concern Cooper, but the Forest head coach knows that his squad have shown in the past that they are capable of shaking off a defeat.
Nevertheless, having played more games than several of the teams above them, Thursday’s meeting with Huddersfield is one of high importance, particularly having slipped down to ninth ahead of Wednesday’s games.
On a positive note, the reverse fixture occurred in the days before Cooper’s appointment in September, a team led by caretaker Steven Reid prevailing 2-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Forest will be able to call upon right wing-back Djed Spence, who was forced to miss the game with his parent club on Boxing Day.
Despite moving Ryan Yates back into midfield not paying off in the North-East, Cooper could stick with his middle four, with Jack Colback continuing to deputise on the left.
Lyle Taylor is an option in the final third, but this fixture may come too soon for Max Lowe.
Tom Lees will miss out for Huddersfield after suffering a head injury against Blackpool, but Levi Colwill is in line to return after illness.
Jordan Rhodes is likely to remain on the substitutes’ bench, despite making an impact versus the Seasiders, but Josh Koroma could take the spot of Duane Holmes.
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Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Samba; Worrall, Figueiredo, McKenna; Spence, Yates, Garner, Colback; Zinckernagel, Grabban, Johnson
Huddersfield Town possible starting lineup:
Nicholls; Pearson, Sarr, Colwill; Thomas, High, O’Brien, Toffolo; Koroma, Ward, Sinani