Selhurst Park, Saturday 3.00pm
Meanwhile, Jonathan Parr (hamstring) and Paul McShane (hip) are doubts so manager Dougie Freedman will have have to field a makeshift defence. Midfielders David Wright and Owen Garvan should be fit for selection.
Forest's star winger Garath McCleary faces a late fitness test after injuring his hamstring last Saturday. On-loan defender George Elokobi misses out with his hamstring problem. Danny Higginbotham, midfielder Lewis McGugan and strikers Ishmael Miller and Marcus Tudgay are aiming for starting roles.
"We are not strong enough [to make the play-offs] – we have not got the strength in depth and we are a growing club with growing young players.
"They will be ready one day, I cannot quite put my finger on when, but I know it's a manager's get-out to say we aren't ready. I said two months ago, we are a fantastic team, with a good spirit that is getting better.
"If we can add to the squad in certain areas then I believe we will be a lot stronger. We have had 15 draws this year and lots of clean sheets, so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell you where we need to improve. Hopefully, in the summer, we will do that and then we will be ready for the play-offs.
"Injuries are starting to catch up with us – the last 15 games, we have been playing with virtually the same group of players week in week out. It has just caught up with us and when you have injuries to key players, it is tough.
"Players like Mile Jedinak and Anthony Gardner, who is out for the rest of the season, Jonathan Parr (tight hamstring) and Paul McShane is a doubt for Saturday. It isn't ideal, but I might have to play a different formation, in terms of our defensive shape, but I confident we can cope,
"Nottingham Forest will be another tough game – they have had some good recent results and seem to be playing well under Steve Cotterill. However, we are at home and if we approach the game in the right way, then we can get a result."
"It's a fantastic dressing room to be in at the moment and everybody at the club shares the same ambition – to take the club forward. The gym is always busy and the lads are having to be told to leave the training pitch – it's a great place to be.
"I know we lost to Derby, but we showed a real fighting spirit after going 3-0 down. I have played in a lot of matches and to go 3-0 down at a place like Derby, it would have easy to throw in the towel. We have a fantastic spirit, which nearly got us something from the game.
"We have defended fantastically well as a team this season, but we made three mistakes and they scored three goals. I am sure it is a little blip and we will be working hard on the training ground to make sure we don't make the same mistakes."
"If you haven't got two good centre-backs in this division you'll get beaten. I spoke to Lee Camp and he said he felt pretty comfortable behind them in goal.
"We looked solid and organised with 11 really hard-working performances. We have had a hard run and there has been a lot of hours that have been put in on the training ground. We've put in a lot of work and now what we need to do is carry on and do it against against Crystal Palace.
"I have put a number on what is needed (to stay up) and I will let people surmise on that. I have an idea where we are and what we will need. Easter is a crucial period.
"Palace have had a good solid season in the league and a fantastic cup run but that probably took a lot out of them.
"We have had a tough run lately and if you look at Doncaster, they will have played four out of their last five at home and we have had four out of five away from home. Over that period, we have had the toughest run, which includes Palace tomorrow. We have done well.
"We would have liked more points from that game at home but as the crowd showed, we deserved more against Brighton. But as long as we can pick up enough points (to secure safety) we will be happy, wherever we get them."
|Date||Type||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|10/12/2011||League||Nottm Forest||0 - 1||Crystal Palace|
|07/05/2011||League||Crystal Palace||0 - 3||Nottm Forest|
|18/12/2010||League||Nottm Forest||3 - 0||Crystal Palace|
|23/03/2010||League||Nottm Forest||2 - 0||Crystal Palace|
|24/10/2009||League||Crystal Palace||1 - 1||Nottm Forest|
Nottm Forest 2-2 Palace
Saturday December 29 2012
Nottm Forest: Camp, Ward, Harding, Halford, Collins, Cohen (Lansbury, 78), Guedioura (Cox, 85), Majewski (McGugan, 64), Reid, Blackstock, Sharp
Subs not used: Gillett, Moussi, Darlow, Moloney
Goals: Reid (45), Sharp (90)
Bookings: Harding, Halford, Sharp
Palace: Speroni, Gabbidon, Ramage, Moxey, Moritz (Williams, 72), Dikgacoi, Bolasie (Garvan, 84), Jedinak, Parr, Murray, Zaha (J Easter, 71)
Subs not used: Martin, O'Keefe, Fitzsimons, Appiah
Goals: Murray (9, 81)
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