09 November 2019 15:21
Eric Lichaj will return to Nottingham Forest tonight and given the number of times he played for the Reds he should get a warm reception from the home crowd. The current Hull City captain served Forest with relative distinction during his five years at the club, having signed on a free transfer back in 2013 from Aston Villa. Lichaj didn't exactly play for the Reds at a time when the club was blessed with lots of quality. Indeed, during his time as the regular right-back, Forest did come closer to playing in League One than they ever did the Premier League. Catastrophic boardroom misdemeanours, a series of failed managers and several signings that flopped, all contributed towards the American not enjoying the most successful of times at Forest.
In truth, he was a dedicated individual who genuinely looked like a man who cared about pulling on a Forest shirt. His departure during the summer of 2018, however, is perhaps symbolic of Forest moving on as a football club. The right-back did a job wherever he was asked to for the Reds and he made 188 appearances for the football club, featuring in both full-back positions. In another era Lichaj might not have played anywhere near as many games for Forest has he did, however, and things are now thankfully being done properly with regards to recruitment. Last season Forest had Tendayi Darikwa, Sam Byram and Saidy Janko all play right-back at various times.
Get the biggest Weekday Nottingham Forest FC stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Former Nottingham Forest defender Wes Morgan hasn't ruled out a fairy tale return to the City Ground when his Leicester City contract comes to an end at the end of the season. Brought up in The Meadows, Big Wes, as he was fondly known on Trentside, made more than 400 appearances for the Reds before moving on to pastures new when signing for the Foxes in a £1m deal in January 2012. Morgan, who lives on the outskirts of Nottingham, played in every game when the former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri led the club to the Premier League title in the 2015-16 season. And the big defender says he will weigh up his options at the end of the campaign - revealing he'd consider a fairy tale City Ground return to pull on the Garibaldi jersey again. Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, the 35-year-old says he will consider how he feels - physically and mentally - before deciding his next step. "Last year I got some accreditations and qualifications in sports and business management. "I think I'm just preparing to cover all bases and see how I feel and where I want to go to when it comes to that time." And, when asked about a possible return to the City Ground, he said: "I had a great time at Forest, spent almost 10 years at the club. "It feels like a hundred years ago now since I've been here. "Come this time next year they might have got promoted and they might ask if I'm interested in joining the club. It would be nice to get back on the City Ground I'll say at some point. "You never know what could happen." But Morgan was quick to show respect to his current club. "It's such a great club, I know it inside out. Get the biggest Weekday Stoke City FC stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email How do Stoke City's attendances compare to their Championship rivals? Over the course of the season we will keep you up to date with the average gates at the bet365 Stadium, City's best and worst attendances of the campaign and where they rank against second tier foes such as Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City. How does the Potters' highest attendance and overall average compare with the rest of the Championship? 6 Stoke City 23,096 (Image: EMPICS Sport) 10 Birmingham City 20,265 12 Charlton Athletic 18,218 21 Wigan Athletic 11,515 23 Hull City 10,602 24 Luton Town 10,058 Nottingham Forest 23,800 Huddersfield Town 20,372 The Potters' average attendance last year was 25,199, putting them in 7th place in the Championship behind Aston Villa, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Sheffield United and Norwich City. This year's average attendance is currently slightly down on last year's. StokeonTrentLive has launched a WhatsApp service dedicated to keeping you up to date with the latest Stoke City news! That Josh Magennis turned villain after auditioning for the part of hero must have only added to Hull City's satisfaction as they came home from the City Ground with three points last night. The centre-forward set his side on their way to a 2-0 lead only to lose his head once Matty Cash halved the deficit. Nottingham Forest's Albert Adomah (right) and Hull City's Eric Lichaj battle for the ball at The City Ground. Their 4-2-3-1 formations might be the same, but Hull and Nottingham Forest play it very differently and the old-fashioned grit of the East Yorkshire side came in very handy against Sabri Lamouchi's sophisticates as they moved up to 14th in the Championship. Forest's is very much the fashionable approach, full-backs pushed on, wide men took inside to open up space and holding midfielders often auxilliary midfielders. Joao Carvalho and Sammy Ameobi both gave the visitors early warnings, the No10 twinkling his toes before curling a shot wide of goal, the gangly but speedy wide man putting Eric Lichaj on the ground with a shimmy only for Jordy de Wijs to cut out the cross. Hull manager Grant McCann billed the game as a test of character after back-to-back defeats and he must have been delighted with how tigerish his Tigers were after Magennis's rashness forced them to play a quarter of the game with 10 men. In Magennis and unused substitute Tom Eaves Hull have two big target men centre-forwards, and Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen are wingers rather than wide attackers. Jon Toral had a shot saved after 19 minutes but an off-balance Bowen put his shot over when he drifted in off his right flank. Bowen ought to have done better on the half-hour, Grosicki exploiting left-back Jack Robinson's wanderlust to play his team-mate into time and space but Brice Samba saved. Forest were still having a say, Ameobi chasing a lost cause and back-heeling the ball before it went out for a goal-kick to instead win a corner. Hull City's Jarrod Bowen celebrates scoring his side's second goal at The City Ground. The centre-forward headed over from another corner won by Thiago Silva's exquisite pass and Robinson's cross. But the balance of play had shifted and Hull made it count in the 38th minute. Whether it was excellent goal-poaching or sheer luck, Magennis followed his first league goal for Hull on Saturday with his second, turning in Toral's shot. Hull were quick to add to it after the break, with Bowen pivotal. A volley from Grosicki's pass forced Samba into a save then, a minute later, Bowen gave the goalkeeper no chance as Hull struck on the counter-attack. Grosicki released Toral who cleverly drew his man, then squared for a chance Bowen was never likely to pass up. Forest had cut the lead within five minutes, right-back Cash running relatively unfettered into the inside-left channel and sliding his shot into the net. After wobbling a little, Hull regained their composure, only for Magennis to lose his as the crowd played its part. Oliver Langford waved play on when Lichaj got a crucial toe on the ball in the penalty area but the crowd were in uproar as Ameobi beat the turf, arguing the defender had gone through him. Magennis's temperature rose too, launching into a terrible tackle on Ben Watson which saw him red-carded by Langford for the second time this season. The more pragmatic George Honeyman replaced Grosicki as Hull attempted to dig in. It made for a tense finale with Long and Bowen both booked for time-wastin, although the Hull back four kept the goalkeeper's workload to a minimum. Cash dragged a shot wide as Forest camped in Hull terrirtory without hitting the target often enough. Joe Lolly looked as if he was going to do just that, only for the ball to hit one of the massed ranks of defenders between him and the goal. Nottingham Forest: Samba; Cash, Worrall, Rodriguez, Robinson (Mir 80); Watson, Silva; Lolley, Carvalho (Yates 61), Ameobi (Adomah 73); Grabban. Hull City: Long; Lichaj, Burke, de Wijs (Tafazolli 65), Elder; Lopes, Irvine; Bowen, Toral (Honeyman 73), Grosicki (Balogh 73); Magennis.