Rumour on Twitter was that Clarke was carrying a slight strain that CW didn't want to risk. Brooks needs to be rested occasionally.
Selecting Donaldson was a mistake though as he clearly wasn't on the pace - and at one point looked like even I could have beaten him when he was trying to chase down a ball.
Forest fans were mainly gracious in their victory, praising us as a very good side, though one of them suggested we might struggle if we get a number of injuries - you mean like we've had for the last 4 games - doh!
What's wrong with Sharp btw? I haven't seen much mentioned about his injury and CW suggested on Friday that his injured players were all back in contention.
I think 5-5 wouldn't have been an unfair result Saturday, but once again we turned up in an established Championship side's back yard with no fear and played some fantastic football at times.
The defending wasn't to our usual high standards (no Jake Wright at the start - coincidence?) and we're still wasting too many chances to put in a killer ball when we get down the flanks or, even worse, get right to the byline on the edge of the box.
Duffy had a stormer I thought. Perhaps if we had had Brooks and Clarke from the start we'd have won that one easily, but CW must have had his reasons.
What worries me is Baldock's injury, with Freeman still not ready and, even if he was, without match practice. Ipswich will be a tough test as their forwards are on fire, and they love a long ball...