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Preview: Shrewsbury (H)

8 August 2017

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Nottingham Forest take on Shrewsbury Town tonight in the first round of the Carabao Cup (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds welcome The Shrews to The City Ground after starting their season with a 1-0 win against Millwall on Friday night.

Barrie McKay's first-half goal proved decisive as Forest secured victory but their attentions now turn to the cup and the challenge of League One Shrewsbury.

Paul Hurst's side had an equally positive start, defeating Northampton Town with an injury-time winner and they will be hoping for an upset on Trentside.

See what Mark Warburton had to say about the match here.

Team news

Matty Cash, Jamie Ward, Danny Fox and Stephen Henderson all remain on the sidelines, but Mustapha Carayol is fit again and is set to be involved. 

Mark Warburton has vowed to make several changes to his side from Friday night's opener but believes whatever team he puts out will be strong enough to progress. Read what he had to say on team selection here.

The opposition

Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst is expecting a tough match when they visit The City Ground tonight.

He told Shrewsbury's official website: "It will be difficult.

"I watched them in pre-season and I watched them on Friday night. Mark Warburton was very critical of their performance because they gave up a few chances, but at the same time they have spells of play where they are so comfortable on the ball.

"They are a very hard to team to set-up against, because ultimately they've got better players. They are hoping for a much better season, which I think they will, so it's a tough one."


Season card holders can take advantage of reduced-price tickets for this game, with adult tickets at just £10 and all aged 4-11 tickets only £1.

Full ticket information can be found here


Tonight's match will not be streamed live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, however audio commentary will be available from 7.15pm.

You can also follow the game via the Match Centre and on Nottingham Forest's official social media channels.

Other fixtures 

All fixtures to be played on Tuesday at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated:

Accrington v Preston

AFC Wimbledon v Brentford

Barnsley v Morecambe

Birmingham v Crawley

Bradford v Doncaster

Bristol City v Plymouth

Bristol Rovers v Cambridge

Cardiff v Portsmouth

Coventry v Blackburn

Exeter v Charlton

Fleetwood v Carlisle

Forest Green v MK Dons

Grimsby v Derby

Luton v Ipswich

Mansfield v Rochdale

Millwall v Stevenage

Norwich v Swindon

Oxford v Cheltenham

Peterborough v Barnet

QPR v Northampton

Rotherham v Lincoln

Scunthorpe v Notts County

Sheffield Wednesday v Chesterfield

Southend v Newport

Wigan v Blackpool

Wolves v Yeovil

Wycombe v Fulham

Reading v Gillingham (8pm)

Colchester v Aston Villa (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

Crewe v Bolton (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

Leeds v Port Vale (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

Oldham v Burton (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

Sheffield United v Walsall (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

Bury v Sunderland (Thursday, 7.45pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 2-1 Shrewsbury

8 August 2017

Nottingham Forest battled through tough conditions to beat Shrewsbury Town 2-1 in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Goals from Mustapha Carayol and Jason Cummings sealed The Reds’ passage into the second round at a rain-soaked City Ground, with Shaun Whalley’s penalty ensuring it was a nervy ending.

Mark Warburton changed all eleven players from Friday night’s win over Millwall, handing debuts to Andreas Bouchalakis and Jason Cummings as well as a full Reds debut to Kieran Dowell.

Shrewsbury set themselves up well and looked organised in the opening exchanges as they forced The Reds to play the majority of the time inside their own half.

The first effort of note came on 23 minutes through Cummings as his tremendous long range effort clipped the top of the bar. The Scotsman played a one-two in the middle of the park with captain Chris Cohen before letting fly with an effort from 30 yards which dipped over Dean Henderson in the Shrewsbury goal but not under the crossbar.

Forest didn’t have to wait long to take the lead though and five minutes later they were ahead through Carayol. Dimitar Evtimov launched a long kick forward which Carayol latched onto then as he charged into the area he was brought down by Shrewsbury skipper Abu Ogogo.

The winger brushed himself down and stepped up calmly to send Henderson the wrong way and put Forest 1-0 up.

The second half started with the conditions worsening as the rain came down harder on Trentside, making it more difficult for both sides to get a grip on the game.

The introduction of Ben Osborn to The Reds midfield allowed them to take control of the game and start moving the ball around with confidence.

Three efforts in quick succession saw Forest denied as first Carayol then Chris Cohen had efforts blocked before sub Tendayi Darikwa lashed just wide from the edge of the box on 72 but debutant Cummings broke down The Shrews defence to double the lead three minutes later.

Carayol picked the ball up in the middle of the park and played a perfectly timed pass for Cummings to run onto behind the defence, and the summer signing brilliantly fired past Henderson at his near post.

The visitors responded well and they were back in the game on 79 through a penalty of their own. Niall Ennis was brought down in the area by Bouchalakis and substitute Whalley stepped up to convert despite Evtimov getting a strong hand to the ball.

Shrewsbury pushed men forward in search of an equaliser, leaving gaps at the back which The Reds looked to exploit. Cummings almost found his second on 88 when he sent an effort towards the far corner only to see Henderson pull off a great save.

The League One side had one last chance in added time as Whalley got to the byline to stand a cross up at the back post. Alex Rodman rose highest to head at goal but Evtimov was on hand to save and keep The Shrews at bay.

It was a tough night for The Reds in difficult conditions and against a stubborn Shrewsbury side but Mark Warburton’s men progress into the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Forest: Evtimov, Lichaj, Mills, Hobbs, Fox (Darikwa 63’), Bouchalakis, Cohen (c), Dowell (Osborn 63’), Carayol, Cummings, Vellios (Walker 74’)

Unused subs: Smith, McKay, Brereton, Worrall

Goals: Carayol pen 29’, Cummings 75’

Bookings: Fox 17’, Cummings 65’

Shrewsbury: Henderson, Bolton, Nsiala, Sadler, Brown, Rodman, Nolan, Ogogo (c), Adams (Dodds 83’), Gnahoua (Whalley 66’), Ennis (John-Lewis 83’)

Unused subs: MacGillivray, Jules, James, Shielis

Goal: Whalley pen 79’

Bookings: Ogogo 29’, Ennis 83’

Attendance: 7,546 (841 away)

Referee: J Busby

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