Over the years Nottingham Forest have had their fair share of bogey teams that have just always held the upper hand whenever the two sides have met.

Walsall, for example, is the immediate club that springs to mind. During the late nineties and the early years of the noughties, Forest rarely defeated the Saddlers; whilst during the 2015/16 campaign, they won 4-3 at the City Ground to dump Forest out of the League Cup.

Until a few recent good results, Brentford were another one. Prior to the 2-1 win against the Bees last season, the Reds had lost seven out of nine games against the Londoners.

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Bogey clubs are one thing, they just tend to happen in football. This weekend’s game with Preston North End was set to throw Forest a reunion with a bogey man, however.

David Nugent has not scored more goals against a single team than he has against Forest. The veteran left Derby for Preston in the summer and as a result, Reds supporters might have cast a disgruntled eye towards the two meetings between the two teams.

Forest fans needn’t fear, however, as Alex Neil has ruled out the possibility of Nugent featuring this weekend.

In a Tweet on Preston’s official account, the club confirmed that the Forest game will come too soon for the man who just loves scoring against the Reds:

Having played for Leicester City and the Rams, Nugent has to be seen as the one pantomime villain still playing; Richard Keogh might just lay claim to being another active player in such a bracket.

If the 34-year-old’s name is on a team-sheet alongside a group of Forest players you’d certainly bet good money on him notching.

Good omen

Not this week, however, as Forest earn a reprieve from a man who has proved a constant thorn in their side.

Preston produced daylight robbery in leaving the City Ground with all three points last season under Aitor Karanka’s management.

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Alex Neil’s teams are typically hardworking and energetic and had Nugent been in their ranks this weekend the omens might not have been in Forest’s favour.

Some Forest fans might have relished the chance to wind Nugent up once again; although none would have been looking forward to his inevitable striker into the Forest net!

A reunion with the man who once scored an England goal is off the agenda and that might just bode well for Forest to extend their unbeaten run.


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