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Fleetwood v Nottingham Forest

12 August 2012

Summer signings pushing for Forest places

Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon looks set to hand debuts to several players in their Capital One Cup first-round tie against Nottingham Forest. 

Gerard Kinsella became the Cod Army's 11th summer signing this week and joins a list of those in the hunt for a first-team place. 

Youl Mawene, David Ball, Conor McLaughlin, Jon Parkin, Damien Johnson and Barry Nicholson will all be hoping to start at Highbury Stadium as the seaside club prepare for their first season in league football. 

The tie will be an historic event for the club as they make their debut in the competition. 

Mellon's side have good form in cup competitions after beating Wycombe and Yeovil en route to the FA Cup third round last season. 

Chris Cohen should be the only absentee when Nottingham Forest begin their campaign. 

Cohen missed almost the entire 2011/2012 campaign after suffering serious knee ligament damage against local rivals Derby last September. 

The versatile midfielder is well on the road to recovery but the first-round tie against the Cod Army is likely to come too soon for him to be involved. 

The match will be Sean O'Driscoll's first competitive fixture as manager. 

He will have all six of the club's summer signings - Adlene Guedioura, Danny Collins, Greg Halford, Dan Harding, Simon Gillett and Daniel Ayala - vying for debuts.

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