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Preview: Bolton (H)

8 December 2017

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Nottingham Forest will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday when Bolton Wanderers are the visitors to The City Ground.

Defeats against Cardiff City and Ipswich Town have set Mark Warburton's side back but The Reds are determined to bounce back on home soil on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Bolton had a difficult start to life back in the Championship after winning promotion last season, but Phil Parkinson's side have started to pick up some form to move them away from danger.

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

Team news

Danny Fox has returned to training ahead of schedule as he makes his recovery from injury, while Chris Cohen also continues to take steps towards a comeback. Tendayi Darikwa remains an absentee for The Reds.

From the opposition

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson is hoping that the boost of climbing out of the bottom three last weekend can stand his side in good stead at The City Ground tomorrow.

He said: "Psychologically it was good to come out of the bottom three and we are looking to build on that away at Forest. It is a really important game for us. 

"Getting our first away win is crucial. The mentality away from home has been good in recent weeks and we need to continue that and but improve on it as well and I feel that we are a team that is getting better."

The game will also see Bolton cross paths with former player Zach Clough and Parkinson hopes they don't see the best of him on Saturday.

"It will be nice to see Zach," he said. "He was a popular figure here having come through the system. We took the decision to sell him back in January which was a tough one because he was a key player for us, but it worked out well in terms of us getting promotion and bringing other players in.

"We wish him all the best but hopefully, for us, he doesn't get on the pitch and do well."

One to watch - Gary Madine

Powerful centre forward Gary Madine has found his goalscoring touch in recent weeks with his brace against Barnsley last weekend earning The Trotters all three points.

The 27-year-old has scored six times so far in this campaign and his goals could prove crucial if Bolton are to keep their place in the Championship.

A product of Carlisle United's youth academy, Madine had brief spells on loan with Rochdale, Coventry City and Chesterfield before earning a move to Sheffield Wednesday in January 2011

He made over 100 appearances for The Owls, including helping them to promotion to the Championship in 2012, before signing for Bolton where his 10 goals last year aided their promotion push.

Last visit


The festive season is coming to The City Ground on Saturday with the Christmas extravaganza. All kinds of seasonal activities will be taking place around the ground, see here for full details.

Tickets are on general sale, with under 18s tickets costing just £5 so it is set to be a real family occassion. Full ticket details can be found here.


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

There will 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 United v Bristol City (Friday, 7.45pm)
Aston Villa v Millwall
Barnsley v Derby
Burton v Preston
Fulham v Birmingham
Hull v Brentford
Middlesbrough v Ipswich
QPR v Leeds
Wolves v Sunderland
Norwich v Sheffield Wednesday (5.30pm)
Reading v Cardiff (Monday, 8pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 3-2 Bolton

9 December 2017

Nottingham Forest returned to winning ways this afternoon with a 3-2 victory over Bolton Wanderers at The City Ground.

Goals from Barrie McKay, Joe Worrall and Ben Brereton helped Forest to all three points as they moved back into the top half of the Sky Bet Championship table.

Mark Warburton made two changes to the side beaten at Ipswich Town last weekend as Armand Traore and David Vaughan were replaced by Matt Mills and McKay respectively.

Seeking to respond to the disappointing result at Portman Road, Forest started brightly and had the lead inside three minutes. Tyler Walker raced down the right-hand channel and delivered a perfect cross for McKay to slide into the net from close range. 

Five minutes before half-time and Forest could have doubled their lead. Walker’s low shot was spilled by Bolton goalkeeper Ben Alnwick but the visitors’ defence managed to smuggle the ball behind for a corner before Daryl Murphy could take advantage.

That was to prove crucial as Bolton levelled matters on the stroke of half-time. Josh Vela delivered a right-wing cross right on to the head of Buckley and he made no mistake as he powered his effort beyond Jordan Smith and into the Forest net.

There were no changes for either side at half-time but it was the visitors who should have been in front soon after the interval. Vela’s right-wing corner found an unmarked Gary Madine inside the Forest penalty area but he thundered his header inches wide of the target. 

Forest were struggling to gain any sort of momentum and were fortunate not to go behind on 58 minutes. A superb cross from Buckley picked out Vela, again unmarked, six yards out from goal but he placed his header over the crossbar. 

The Reds had ridden their luck during the opening stages of the second half and took the lead back, against the run of play, on the hour mark. Bolton were only able to head the ball as far as Worrall who was lurking on the edge of the penalty area and he sent a low, rasping drive beyond Alnwick for his first goal in the Garibaldi.

Warburton then made a double substitution as Mustapha Carayol and Andreas Bouchalakis were introduced to replace McKay and Ben Osborn respectively.

With five minutes remaining, The Reds could have sealed their victory. Liam Bridcutt did superbly to win the ball from two sliding challenges, moved it out wide to Walker but as the youngster raced into the penalty area, he could only blaze his shot wide of the target.

That miss wasn’t to matter as Forest seemingly rounded off the afternoon with a third goal. Brereton, who had come on for Daryl Murphy, used his speed to out-pace the Bolton defence and slid the ball under the body of Alnwick to seal all three points for The Reds.

However, in the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the second half, Bolton grabbed a lifeline. Aaron Wilbraham’s shot across goal was turned into his own net by Worrall to ensure a nervy ending. 

Despite referee Darren England’s decision to play two minutes more than were indicated, Forest held on to claim an important three points and return to winning ways ahead of next weekend’s trip to Bristol City.

Forest: Smith; Mancienne (c), Worrall, Mills, Lichaj; Bridcutt, Osborn (Bouchalakis 63’); Walker, Dowell, McKay (Carayol 63’); Murphy (Brereton 82’)

Subs not used: Henderson, Cash, Clough, Ward 

Goals: McKay 3’, Worrall 60’, Brereton 89’

Booking: Mills 32’, Bridcutt 90' 

Bolton: Alnwick; Little (Wilbraham 88’), Burke, Beeves, Robinson; Buckley (Armstrong 70’), Pratley (c) (Noone 80’), Henry, Vela, Ameobi; Madine 

Subs not used: Howard, Taylor, Cullen, Wheater 

Goals: Buckley 45’, Worrall (og) 90’

Bookings: Robinson 30’, Henry 87’

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 22,882 (1,082 away)

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