Nottingham Forest face Rotherham United at the New York Stadium in the Championship this weekend. 

The Reds currently find themselves sat just three points off the play-off places. They realistically need to secure three points against the Millers to have any hope of gatecrashing the top six.

These two sides haven’t met at the New York Stadium since September 2016, in which they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

It’s fair to say that a lot has changed at the City Ground since then. Only one player from Philippe Montanier’s starting line-up for that game remains in the first team picture under Martin O’Neill.

Ahead of this weekend’s game, Seat Pitch take a look back at the starting line-up from over two years ago, in a season which ended with the Reds narrowly avoiding relegation to League One.

Goalkeeper and back four

Vladimir Stojković was the man between the sticks in this game. He made 21 appearances in total for the Reds, keeping just one clean sheet and conceding a whopping 40 goals.

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Eric Lichaj and Armand Traoré occupied the right-back and left-back spots respectively.

Former Toronto FC centre-back Damien Perquis started in the heart of defence alongside Matt Mills. The pair made a combined total of 106 appearances for the club.

 

It’s fair to say that it wasn’t a defence that filled you with much confidence.

Midfield trio

Jorge Grant was given a rare chance to impress in the starting line-up, making his 16th appearance for the Reds.

Henri Lansbury was arguably the first name on the team-sheet under Montanier. He assisted Mills’ opener with a superb right-footed corner.

Midfield flop Pajtim Kasami made up the midfield. The Switzerland international, on loan from Olympiacos at the time, regularly featured under Montanier but never lived up to the hype generated by his arrival.

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In attack

Apostolos Vellios was the figurehead of the Reds’ attack in this game. Although he only managed to score eight goals in 45 appearances for the club, he did score an outrageous overhead kick in this fixture.

It was arguably the highlight of his two-year spell at the City Ground.

Nicolao Dumitru memorably stated the he hoped to be the next Oliver Burke when he joined the Reds ahead of the 2016/17 campaign. In reality, he only managed to score one goal in 12 appearances for the club.

He certainly didn’t make any impact in this fixture and was replaced by fellow flop Nicklas Bendtner midway through the second-half.

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Ben Osborn started on the left-hand side. He is the only player who remains at the City Ground from the matchday squad from over two years ago. Jorge Grant and Jordan Smith are the only other players still on the club’s books, but are both currently on loan at Mansfield Town.

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