Nottingham Forest will lock horns with Hull City tonight knowing that three points can see them head back into an automatic promotion place in the Sky Bet Championship.
Last night’s results couldn’t have gone much better for the Reds and the chance is there for them should they take the opportunity.
Sabri Lamouchi’s men will look to get back to winning ways after suffering their first defeat since the opening day of the campaign against Wigan at the weekend.
The Reds boss could make changes to his team after leaving the likes of Tiago Silva, Joao Carvalho and Lewis Grabban out of his starting eleven against the Latics.
One other change that he might choose to make is in midfield where John Bostock started on Sunday. The former Tottenham man has not played for a little while and two games in four days could prove problematic for the man on loan from Toulouse.
Silva would be the natural option to replace Bostock in the middle of the park but with the games coming thick and fast, Lamouchi might choose to run the rule over Ryan Yates – and that might not be a bad idea.
It would, of course, be harsh to drop Bostock after one below-par performance but Lamouchi seems likely to take a look at Yates at some point.
The 21-year-old has missed the start of the campaign to undergo an operation on his knee and now faces a fight to get back into the team after becoming a regular under Martin O’Neill.
With Alfa Semedo and Samba Sow both struggling to be fit for this week’s home double-header, the door could swing open for Yates to stake a claim.
The academy graduate has bundles of energy and is not against sticking his foot in. Despite a plethora of midfield talent, it would appear that he is still going to be part of Lamouchi’s plans.
Given the wealth of players competing for his place in the team, it is fair to say that if Yates is given a chance to shine this week, he will need to grasp it with both hands.
Sow was a snip at £640,000 (Nottinghamshire Live) and has been one of Forest’s best summer recruits. He looks firmly established as the man to do the running alongside Ben Watson and it will take something pretty special from either Bostock or Yates in order to maintain a place in the side.
The Championship is a long season, however, and with injury and fitness concerns beginning to show, now might the ideal chance to give Yates a mini-run to try and prove himself to the new boss.