Alex McLeish considers rotating his Nottingham Forest squad against Oldham
ALEX McLeish may tinker with his Nottingham Forest line-up when they face Oldham in the FA Cup today.
The new Reds boss maintained a habit of rotating his squad when his Birmingham City side won the Carling Cup in 2011.
And he says he will consider doing the same, to some degree, when Forest face League One opposition in the third round at the City Ground.
"I will put a team on the pitch that can get us to play the football we need to get us through to the next round of the competition," he said.
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"We have an abundance of players here and whoever comes in should be showing that they deserve to hold on to their place in the team.
"Whether we make massive changes, I don't know. We will try to keep close to the formula we have used in the last few games.
"At the moment, there is a good atmosphere, the players are trying to impress and I would hope for good performances from them this weekend.
"It was a wonderful run to the Carling Cup final, with Birmingham.
"It was not without hiccups, we did have some luck.
"We played a few lower division clubs and I rotated the squad a little bit.
"We only beat Brentford on penalties, so that shows that we needed some good fortune.
"But there is nothing like a cup run to get confidence going, to get the fans positive.
"Hopefully we can get through to the next round this weekend."
McLeish does not underestimate the challenge Oldham will pose, however.
And he has told his players they must be at their best if they do want to secure victory over the Latics.
"Paul Dickov has shown himself to be a shrewd manager, despite some difficulties," said McLeish.
"It is not an easy job, but he has come through adversity and he will have a plan; he will be doing something on the training ground to try to give them a chance of achieving a giant killing.
"We have to take care of this game."