Dougie gunning for PNE

Kelvin Wilson spent 16 months at PNE before joining Nottingham Forest
Kelvin Wilson spent 16 months at PNE before joining Nottingham Forest
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Nottingham Forest will be looking to reverse their recent fortunes when they face Preston North End tonight.

Forest come to Deepdale without a win in seven games and are just a point and one place above the Lilywhites.

United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin

United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin

They were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, home draws with Ipswich and Burnley having come before that.

The run has ramped up the pressure on Forest boss Dougie Freedman, who is the seventh incumbent of the City Ground manager’s office in four years.

Freedman is having to cope with a lengthy casualty list as he tries to get his side going in the right direction.

Eleven players were missing at the weekend due to injury or suspension.

Midfielder David Vaughan adds his name to the list of absentees at Deepdale, having got his fifth booking of the season on Saturday.

Looking ahead to the visit to Lancashire, Freedman said: “What is the key for us on Tuesday?

“We have to persevere, we do not run away, we do not hide. We will pass the ball, stand up for each other and we will show commitment.

“We will get our break and all I ask for now is that we have no further setbacks.

“Can we please have a week where we do not have any more injuries? Then I will feel very confident.

“We had a fantastic September, but in October we had too many draws, too many 1-0 defeats.

“We have to keep believing, the last thing this club needs, in my humble opinion, is a change, when it comes to either the players or the management staff.

“We are very focused on what we are doing.”

Former Preston defender Kelvin Wilson will be in the Forest back line against the Lilywhites.

Wilson joined PNE from Notts County in March 2006, his time at Deepdale lasting until July the following year when he was sold to Forest for £300,000.

He had four seasons with Forest before moving on a Bosman to Celtic.

After two years in Scotland, Forest paid £2.5m to bring him back to the City Ground.

This is the first meeting between PNE and Forest since the early weeks of 2014 when they played in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

They last clashed in the league in February 2011, the sides drawing 2-2 at the City Ground.

That night, Billy Jones scored a 90th-minute equaliser.