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Preview: Millwall (H)

3 August 2017

Nottingham Forest get set to open their 2017-18 Sky Bet Championship season when Millwall visit The City Ground on Friday night.

Mark Warburton's men went through pre-season unbeaten and are in good shape heading into the curtain raiser against Neil Harris's Lions.

Millwall returned to the second tier after winning the League One play-offs last season and they will be hoping for a positive start to life back in the Championship.

See what manager Mark Warburton and forward Zach Clough had to say.

Team news

Matty Cash and Jamie Ward will miss out for The Reds, with both having picked up injuries in the pre-season matches against Girona and Burnley respectively.

Stephen Henderson and Danny Fox are also on the road to recovery after their injuries and are back in training. 

Millwall have added plenty of fresh faces to their squad, with the likes of Ryan Tunnicliffe, George Saville and Jed Wallace joining and all will be keen to be in the starting line-up come kick-off tomorrow.

Tickets

There is set to be a sell-out crowd at The City Ground for the season opener, with more than 27,000 tickets being sold. 

Millwall are also set to bring a healthy away following for the first clash of the season and all is set for a great night under the lights.

For full ticket information click here.

Other fixtures

All to take place at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Sunderland v Derby (Friday, 7.45pm)

Bristol City v Barnsley

Burton v Cardiff

Fulham v Norwich

Ipswich v Birmingham

Preston v Sheffield Wednesday

QPR v Reading

Sheffield United v Brentford

Wolves v Middlesbrough

Aston Villa v Hull (5.30pm)

Bolton v Leeds (Sunday, 4.30pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 1-0 Millwall

4 August 2017

Barrie McKay struck a wonder-goal on his Nottingham Forest debut to give Mark Warburton’s side an opening weekend win against Millwall.

The winger beat Jordan Archer with a great strike from 25 yards in the first half to earn Forest the three points. Millwall threw plenty at The Reds’ goal but couldn’t find a breakthrough.

Mark Warburton handed full debuts to Tendayi Darikwa, Barrie McKay and Daryl Murphy while fellow new signings Kieran Dowell and Jason Cummings started on the bench.

A packed City Ground gave The Reds a big welcome, with the fans in the Trent End showing their colours with a fantastic red and white display.

Forest had plenty of possession in the early minutes of the game without looking threatening, but it was the newly-promoted side who created the early openings.

Aiden O’Brien had a tame header saved by Jordan Smith but the keeper was unable to get near Steve Morison’s header on 13 minutes as his close-range effort cannoned back off the crossbar following a corner.

The chances kept coming for The Lions as they mounted pressure on The Reds’ goal. Lee Gregory lashed an effort over on 15 then O’Brien had another guilt-edged chance on 18 to head home at the back post but his effort went over the bar.

The Reds started to edge their way back into the match, with Darikwa causing problems down the Millwall left. Fellow new signing McKay also looked lively and he found the breakthrough with a superb strike on 41 minutes.

The Scotsman jinked past his man on the left before cutting inside and letting fly with a ferocious effort which crashed into the net off Jordan Archer’s right-hand post.

McKay was involved straight after the break as he burst down the left flank and got to the byline. His cut back was met by Ben Brereton at the far post but he was denied by a fine block by James Meredith.

The visitors posed a big threat though and should have levelled the match on 51. A mix up in the Forest defence gifted the ball to Morison who squared to his strike partner Gregory, but the forward could only fire over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Another chance came and went for Millwall on 64 minutes as they broke forward quickly. Morison teed up Jed Wallace whose effort was brilliantly smothered by Smith.

The Lions applied more pressure and they thought they had found the equaliser on 76 as Morison poked home at the back post, only to see referee Peter Bankes blow his whistle and rule it out.

The introduction of Kieran Dowell for his first appearance in a red shirt added some impetus to the Forest attack, linking up well with Zach Clough on a couple of occasions to come close to doubling the advantage.

There was a final opportunity for Millwall in injury time to salvage a point but Fred Onyedinma could only head wide following a long throw-in in injury time as Forest held out for an opening weekend win.

Forest: Smith, Darikwa, Worrall, Mancienne (c), Traore, Vaughan, Clough, Osborn (Cohen 59’), McKay, Brereton (Dowell 59’), Murphy (Mills 77’)

Unused subs: Evtimov, Lichaj, Cummings, Vellios

Goal: McKay 41’

Millwall: Archer, McLaughlin, Meredith, Hutchinson, Cooper, Wallace, Williams (Elliott 83’), Saville, O’Brien (Onyedinma 67’), Morison (c), Gregory (Ferguson 78’)

Unused subs: King, Craig, Thompson, Webster

Booking: Saville 89’

Attendance: 28,065 (Away 1,778)

Referee: Peter Bankes

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Ticket News

Contingency plans in place

3 August 2017

As stated in our update on Tuesday we hope that you will have received your season card in the post today at the latest. If you have not we apologise unreservedly.

We are determined that every supporter who has paid for a season card will gain access to the stadium for the match tomorrow. As such we have put the following contingency plan in place.

1. We have opened eight dedicated kiosks at The City Ground to issue paper tickets. They are arranged in alphabetical order by surname and are located next to the main reception in the Peter Taylor Stand car park.

2. The kiosks will be open from 3pm to 9pm on Thursday and from 9am to 8pm on Friday. You will need to give your customer number and provide proof of identity in order to claim your match ticket.

3. We stress that once you have obtained your paper ticket for the match YOUR SEASON CARD WILL NO LONGER BE VALID FOR THE MILLWALL MATCH and you MUST use your issued paper ticket to obtain access to The City Ground for the Millwall fixture.

4. We would respectfully ask that if you are able to wait until Friday's post to see if your season card has arrived that you do so.

We hope that all season cards will arrive by post in the anticipated timescales and that these contingency plans are unnecessary.

We apologise unreservedly for the errors that have occurred with season card sales and the lessons will be taken on board for next season.

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