Calderwood moves to stop the Forest rot

COLIN Calderwood has moved to arrest Nottingham Forest's poor start to the season by bringing in two loan players.

Derek Davis

COLIN Calderwood has moved to arrest Nottingham Forest's poor start to the season by bringing in two loan players.

Former Derby keeper Lee Camp will make his debut against Ipswich tonight after signing from QPR for a month, while Carl Fletcher will City Ground bow after playing in the 2-1 loss at Loftus Road following his arrival from Crystal Palace.

With just five points so far, all coming at home, Forest boss Calderwood was looking for more steel through the spine.

He said: “What we need is genuine toughness, allied with ability and a will to win.

“Lee had a particularly good season last season and is a firm favourite with the fans at QPR. We think it will bode well for the future, this will make us stronger.

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“They have both been successful at this level and we still have a predominantly young group who will do well - I will almost guarantee that. We will do well.

“But when they haven't perhaps seen success at this level it is advisable to bring in people who have been there and done it, who have been a success in the Championship.

“These players have both trodden that path and we are looking for them to bring more than just an appearance or two.

“We hope these are the changes that will give us the better results that will get us started.”

Although Calderwood is showing the usual respect for Ipswich he believes tonight is the chance for his side to push towards catching Doncaster and Barnsley.

He said: “They had a terrific home record last season and a poor away one, but they were still on the verge of the play-offs.

“We have a nice couple of games coming up, actually. We have to take some points out of them. We have to get started.

“There is no better time to put in a good home performance and take some reward from it. We have to be strong mentally.”

Forest have £4m of talent out injured with Rob Earnshaw struggling with a tight hamstring, Joe Garner misses out with a knee problem and Guy Moussi has had ankle surgery.

Julian Bennett is a doubt after picking up a hip injury at QPR.