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16 December 2017 Venue Ashton Gate Attendance

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Match Previews

Preview: Bristol City (A)

15 December 2017

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Nottingham Forest will be keen to build on last Saturday's win when they travel to Bristol City on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds picked up three points in a battling display against Bolton Wanderers at The City Ground last weekend and will be keen to build some momentum going into the Christmas period.

But the away form has been a bit of a stumbling block this season, with three league wins on the road and Mark Warburton will be looking for a positive outcome by Saturday evening.

Bristol City on the other hand have surprised most by being in the mix at the top end of the table and sit in third spot heading into this weekend's fixtures.

With three wins on the spin, including a win at Sheffield United last weekend, The Robins are set to provide a stern test for The Reds.

See below for the pre-match views from the Forest camp.

Team news

Jack Hobbs and Tendayi Darikwa remain on the sideline through injury while Danny Fox and Chris Cohen take a step closer to a return.

David Vaughan will be pushing to be involved after being left out for tactical reasons in the win over Bolton.

From the opposition

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson is looking for his side to build their own history this season as they gear up to take on Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "I think the history of the club doesn't reflect the 11 players on the pitch, not in Nottingham Forest's case, because they have a good side, as do a lot of clubs in the Championship.

"It's up to us to build our own history. This club has history of its own but not enough as far as top-flight football is concerned so that's what we're trying to achieve and ascertain.

"Obviously Forest are a very good side with a lot of young players, a lot of bright, pacy footballers on the counter attack and it will be a tough game.

"I went to watch them play against Bolton last Saturday and they got a deserved victory and we'll have to be at our best to make sure we get the result. But I think the boys are in good spirits and know we have to play better than we did in the first half against Sheffield United.

"We are at home and our last home game was very good against Middlesbrough and everybody believes in us at the moment and that's the key."

One to watch - Bobby Reid

The Robins top scorer this season, midfielder Bobby Reid has had a fine first half of 2017-18. The 24-year-old has found the net 11 times in all competitions in this campaign and his goals and assists have been a key part behind Bristol City's success this season.

Reid came through the ranks at Bristol City, making his debut in the final game of the 2010-11 season. He gained experience on loan at Cheltenham Town, Oldham Athletic and Plymouth Argyle but has developed into an influential figure in the past few seasons.

Last visit


Saturday's game is strictly all ticket and there will be no sales on the day to visiting supporters. 

Forest fans have until 5pm on Friday to purchase tickets from the Nottingham Forest ticket office, and they should let the ticket office know if they intend to collect their ticket from the ticket office or from the away turnstiles at Ashton Gate from 1.30pm on Saturday.

Ticket information can be found here.


The match will be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available.

There will also be full coverage on the club's official social media channels as well as in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Sheffield Wednesday v Wolves (Friday, 7.45pm)
Birmingham v QPR
Bolton v Burton
Brentford v Barnsley
Derby v Aston Villa
Ipswich v Reading
Leeds v Norwich
Millwall v Middlesbrough
Preston v Sheffield United
Sunderland v Fulham
Cardiff v Hull (5.30pm)

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Match Reports

Bristol City 2-1 Forest

16 December 2017

A Kieran Dowell goal was in vain as Nottingham Forest suffered a 2-1 defeat against Bristol City at Ashton Gate this afternoon.

The midfielder hit a stunning goal just after half-time to give The Reds a lifeline but two first-half goals by Marlon Pack and Joe Bryan proved decisive.

Nottingham Forest made two changes as Mustapha Carayol was given a starting place in place of Barrie McKay, while Andreas Bouchalakis replaced Ben Osborn.

There was very little clear chances for either side in the opening 20 minutes of the match. Daryl Murphy tested Frank Fielding in the ninth minute with a left-footed shot across goal but the City keeper was equal to the challenge.

The hosts responded with a couple of chances of their own through Pack and Bobby Reid.

Reid arrived late onto a cross by Bryan from the left but was unable to manufacture any real attempt on goal and test Jordan Smith.

On 37 minutes Pack and Bristol City did manage to find the target and take the lead. The midfielder found space on the edge of the visitors' penalty box and fired a shot low and hard past Smith into the bottom left-hand corner.

The home side were high on confidence and looking threatening with every attack and they nearly doubled their lead through Jamie Paterson and Pack, but Smith produced an outstanding double save to deny the former Forest man and then somehow claw out Pack's header from the follow-up.

There was, however, nothing Smith could do to prevent Forest going two down in injury time of the first half. Bryan tried his luck from range and saw his left-footed effort take a wicked deflection past Smith and into the visitors net.

Forest came out for the second half in need of a lift and they got one through Dowell almost straight from the restart.

The Everton loanee struck a superb left-footed shot from range over Fielding and into the top corner to give the visitors hope and reduce the deficit to one.

Forest were enjoying their best spell of the match, dominating possession and cutting the hosts open on the attack.

Tyler Walker had a good opportunity with quarter of an hour remaining. Liam Bridcutt delivered a cross low at the near post from the right but Walker was unable to make any real connection as the ball deflected wide from the corner.

From the resulting corner Ben Osborn unleashed a fierce left-footed shot from the edge of the area, but the ball skimmed the crossbar and went over.

Despite all their endeavour, the visitors were unable to find a second breakthrough in the closing stages and it was the hosts who claimed all three points at Ashton Gate.

Forest: Smith; Mancienne (c), Worrall, Mills (Osborn 45'), Lichaj; Bridcutt, Bouchalakis (Clough 63'); Walker, Dowell, Carayol (Brereton 77'); Murphy

Unused subs: Evtimov, McKay, Cash, Ward

Goal: Dowell 47'

Bookings: Bridcutt 63', Worrall 86'

Bristol City: Fielding; Wright (c), Flint, Baker, Magnusson; Brownhill, Smith, Pack, Bryan; Paterson (Taylor 77'); Reid (Woodrow 90')

Unused subs: Steele, Vyner, Leko, Eliasson, Djuric

Goals: Pack 36', Bryan 45'

Bookings: Brownhill 25', Woodrow 90'

Referee: James Linington

Attendance: 20,128 (1,267 away)

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