Rob Green and Darren Bent have backed Nottingham Forest to experience a revival of fortunes under Chris Hughton (Sky Sports News; 20/10; 11:25)
Both players spent their career playing in the Premier League, Championship and both collected England caps.
Hughton checked in at the City Ground two weeks ago and claimed a win during his first game in charge at Blackburn Rovers.
Green believes that Hughton is exactly the man Forest need to get them back up the Championship table.
He told (Sky Sports News; 20/10; 11:25): “They got a win on Saturday, albeit a fortunate one.
“You look at the nature of the club and how it’s been. What Chris Hughton brings is consistency, wherever he’s been his team have always had defensive stability too.”
Forest were extremely organised during Saturday’s first victory of the campaign and he will hope for more tonight against Rotherham United.
Bent spent a short period of time playing for fierce rivals Derby County and he thinks Forest’s poor start was down to their ending to last season.
He believes clubs will start to view Forest differently now though.
Bent said: “They never really recovered, they didn’t score for the first three or four games and were shipping goals left, right and centre.
“I think now they’ve got Hughton he will go in there, bring that defensive stability and I think plenty of teams will be thinking that Nottingham Forest are a completely different outfit now.”
NFN Verdict – Defensive stability key for Hughton
Forest would dearly love to register another three points tonight in Hughton’s first home game.
If the Reds are to get themselves into the mix later on in the campaign then the groundwork must be put in now.
With Derby heading to Trentside on Friday night, Forest would dearly like to head into that in confident spirits.
Being tight at the back could bode well for Forest.
With plenty of attacking talent, the Reds will always fancy themselves to score goals and being organised at the back is a great starting point.