Nottingham Forest take on Coventry tonight and in Martyn Waghorn, the visitors have a player who loves scoring against the Reds.

The striker moved to the Sky Blues during the summer, switching from Derby amid their shambolic off-field situation.

Waghorn had actually signed for the Rams in a deal worth £5 million from Ipswich in August 2018. He scored 30 goals in 123 appearances for Derby and walked away for free in the summer.

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This season has been more of a struggle for the striker. He’s only started 10 Championship games and he could be on the bench again tonight.

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That will suit Forest down to the ground given that Waghorn has a horrible knack of scoring against the Reds.

His first goal against Forest came from the penalty spot as Leicester were thrashed 5-1 by the Reds in 2010.

He then had to wait until 2014 to silence the Reds once again. He scored and assisted two as Wigan won 4-1 at the City Ground in Billy Davies’ second spell in charge.

In 2017/18, Waghorn was at it again. This time playing for Ipswich, he scored and set two more up as the Tractor Boys beat Mark Warburton’s team 4-2 at Portman Road.

The 32-year-old’s most recent goal came behind closed doors for Derby.

He scored a scrumptious free-kick that went in off the underside of the crossbar as Derby and Forest drew 1-1 during the 2020/21 campaign.

Forest will hope Waghorn doesn’t continue habit tonight

The Reds might be satisfied to see the former Rangers man named on the bench tonight. Although he’s not a particularly good player, he does seem to come up trumps against Forest.

The Reds are a different animal these days. With Joe Worrall, Tobias Figueiredo and Scott McKenna at the back, Forest will fancy keeping Waghorn out.

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He can be an awkward player, however, and if he does get on, the Reds will need to keep a close eye on him.

Waghorn has scored just once this season and his move to Coventry hasn’t really gone according to play, it’s fair to say.

Forest will hope that barren run in front of goal doesn’t come to an end this evening for the ex-Derby man.

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