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Posted Fri 30 Jan 15

Forest v Millwall

Get all the news and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's kids for a quid game against Millwall at The City Ground tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

   Nottingham Forest v Millwall      
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 31 January 2015 (kick-off 3pm)
The City Ground

Pre-match brief

The high-pressure nature of the Sky Bet Championship will be in evidence once again this weekend as two sides desperately struggling for form, Nottingham Forest and Millwall, go head-to-head at The City Ground.

Stuart Pearce may be worried about a sequence of just one win in ten games but his opposite number Ian Holloway has seen his side taste success on only one occasion in their last 15 outings in both league and cup.

Forest will know that victory over their South London opponents on Trentside is a must if they are to keep their play-off hopes alive while Millwall arrive in Nottingham entrenched in the relegation zone and now five points off safety.

Team news

Nottingham Forest striker Matty Fryatt could be fit to return to the matchday squad after recovering from an injury that has kept him out of first-team action since the 3-1 defeat to Birmingham at The City Ground on 28 December.

Tomorrow's game will once again come too soon for Dexter Blackstock and Michael Mancienne as the pair edge closer to a return while Chris Cohen and Andy Reid remain long-term absentees for Stuart Pearce's side.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway will be without the services of defender Sid Nelson after he was sent off in the goalless midweek draw with Reading at The Den so Alan Dunne could come into the side in Nelson's absence.

A bright second-half display from new signing Paris Cowan-Hall could be enough to earn him a start at The City Ground but Forest loanee Dan Harding will not feature for the Lions as per the terms of his loan agreement.

View from the Red corner

Stuart Pearce: You have to compete against Millwall. Whenever I played against them at any level, they’ve had a DNA at the football club – ‘it’s us against the world’.

“That stays with them. You have to compete and win the battle.

“After that, you have to make sure your football’s good enough to come out on top.

Click here to read more of the manager's thoughts ahead of the kids for a quid clash with Millwall.


What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest head into tomorrow's game looking to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat at Fulham last time out and find a win which would allow them to harbour slim hopes of reaching the Championship play-offs.

Stuart Pearce's men have won just one of their last ten matches, the last-gasp 2-1 victory at local rivals Derby County, and will need to take an important three points tomorrow before they enter a hectic run of fixtures.


Millwall arrive at The City Ground tomorrow in a poor run of form which has seen them go eight games without a win dating back to their 1-0 success at Brighton and Hove Albion back on 12 December.

Ian Holloway's side have recently suffered back-to-back defeats away from home against the Championship's bottom side Blackpool (1-0) and League One outfit Bradford City in the FA Cup where they were thrashed 4-0.

The Lions did achieve an improvement of sorts in midweek as they were able to hold Reading to a goalless draw at The Den despite seeing defender Sid Nelson red-carded just before half-time.

Haven't we met before?

Nottingham Forest and Millwall shared a goalless draw in the reverse fixture at The Den back in September as The Reds managed to keep hold of their one-point lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

The corresponding fixture between the two teams last season saw Millwall deal a massive blow to Forest's hopes of reaching the play-offs as goals from Scott Malone and Lee Martin gave the Lions a 2-1 win on Trentside.

Earlier in the season, goals from Matt Derbyshire and Jamaal Lascelles had earned The Reds a Capital One Cup second-round victory over Millwall by the same scoreline at The City Ground.


Are tickets available?

Tickets are still available for tomorrow's kids for a quid clash against Millwall. Under 12s can come to the game for just £1 while adults are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as prices increase on matchday.

For more details and for a full list of prices, please click here.


Is there hospitality available?

Hospitality packages are still available for Saturday's visit of Millwall to The City Ground including a special Burns Night celebration in the Robin Hood Suite.

Haggis will be on the menu, with guests treated to a pre-match interview from proud Scotsman John McGovern, a piece of music from an official bagpiper and the day hosted by former international Kenny Burns. 

For more information or to make a booking, please e-mail hospitality@nottinghamforest.co.uk or call 0115 982 4450.

What else is happening?

This weekend’s fixture against Millwall has been dedicated to celebrating the work of Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, as part of its Season of Action.

Both sets of players, management staff and supporters will embrace the diversity of English football by wearing Kick It Out t-shirts, donning badges and stickers and distributing promotional material.

Supporters who want to learn more, or who want to play a more active role in Kick It Out’s Season of Action, can get in touch with the organisation by calling 0207 253 0162, emailing info@kickitout.org or visiting their TwitterFacebook and Instagram pages.

Are there any offers on?

Nottingham Forest are offering supporters new concourse catering options for tomorrow's visit of Millwall.

Until 2.30pm tomorrow afternoon, all bottles of Carlsberg and IPA are down from £3.80 per bottle to £2 while any pie and hot drink meal is down from £5.10 to just £4.

There will fruit bags on offer to the club's young supporters in the family area while chicken curry, rice and naan bread as well as Rollover hotdogs will be available in all areas of the ground.

The above offer is open to both Nottingham Forest and Millwall supporters.

What if I can't make the game?

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

Is there a programme?

The official matchday programme is available to buy and download for tomorrow's meeting with Millwall.

The 76-page edition, priced at £3, includes columns from Fawaz Al Hasawi and Stuart Pearce as they reflect on the games against Derby and Fulham while there is an in-depth look at the visitors Millwall.

There is a special look back at the memorable derby day win at the iPro Stadium with exclusive interviews with Ben Osborn, Jack Hobbs, Robert Tesche and John McGovern who all share their thoughts on the day.

Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad or iPhone. Perfect for supporters unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app now.

Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.

What are the odds?

Nottingham Forest are the 3/4 favourites to get back to winning ways against Millwall at The City Ground tomorrow with the draw priced at 13/5 and a win for the visitors further out at 100/30.

Stuart Pearce has stressed the need for his side to make a positive start tomorrow so 4/7 on Forest to score the first goal of the game could be a good bet while Britt Assombalonga can be backed at 11/1 to score in the first ten minutes.

There are odds of 7/1 on The Reds recording a 2-0 victory over their South London opponents while a potentially nervy 2-1 win for Forest can be backed at 15/2.

For all the latest odds on tomorrow's game, please visit www.skybet.com/forest and make a prediction for Forest v Millwall.

Who is in charge?

Referee: Mark Heywood 
Assistant Referees: Scott Oldham and Jason Whiteley 
Fourth official: Trevor Kettle

Who else is playing?

Bournemouth v Watford (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Brentford v Middlesbrough (Saturday, kick-off 12.15pm)
Huddersfield v Leeds (Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Birmingham v Norwich
Blackburn v Fulham
Blackpool v Brighton
Bolton v Wolves
Cardiff v Derby
Charlton v Rotherham
Ipswich v Wigan
Reading v Sheffield Wednesday

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