Nottingham Forest will be looking to get back to winning ways when they face Millwall at the New Den on Friday in the Championship. 

It certainly won’t be an easy game against Gary Rowett’s side.

The 45-year-old manager isn’t the most popular figure with Nottingham Forest supporters given his time at bitter rivals Derby County both as a player, and more recently as manager.

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Millwall named the former Burton Albion, Birmingham City, Derby and Stoke City manager as the successor to Neil Harris in October. Rowett hasn’t made a bad start in his new job.

The Lions have played six games under his management so far. They have won three of those games, drawing twice and losing just once.

Rowett will be looking forward to continuing his ongoing banter with Nottingham Forest supporters. The bitterness between the two parties began during Forest’s goalless draw against Derby at the City Ground in March 2018.

The Reds engaged in a bit of banter with Rowett by singing a derogatory chant about his choice of trainers. Rowett didn’t seem to take too well to the chant and even had to deny putting two fingers up to the home fans after the game.

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Banter

He told the Independent: “No I didn’t at all. I was trying to get four fingers up to say we’ve taken four points off them this season, for a bit of banter.

“They were giving me a bit of stick, I gave them a little bit back. There’s no malice involved at all.”

 

Rowett went on to joke in his post-match press conference that Nottingham was just six months behind in the fashion stakes.

He returned to the City Ground with Stoke last November in the Championship, and again his side came away with a goalless draw.

He spoke about the incident again before the match. He told the Stoke Sentinel: “I’m under pressure now aren’t I because if you remember against Derby, they gave my trainers a little bit of stick.

“I tried to give a bit of stick back tongue in cheek… there’s not enough banter in football is there? It’s all good fun.”

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Rowett doesn’t have a bad record against Forest as a manager. He has come up against the Reds 10 times, winning three, drawing four and losing three.

The Reds are a different prospect under Sabri Lamouchi this season though.

Nottingham Forest supporters will be hoping the Reds get one over on the ex-Derby County boss this Friday.

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