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Preview: Burton Albion (A)

16 February 2018

Nottingham Forest aim to stop a run of three straight league defeats when they travel to Burton Albion in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

The Reds suffered a morale-sapping loss to Hull City last time out but make the short journey to Staffordshire knowing that victory could breathe new life into their campaign.

New signings Ben Watson, Tobias Figueiredo and Lee Tomlin could all start the game at the Pirelli Stadium as manager Aitor Karanka tries to freshen up his side and pick up all three points against the struggling Brewers.

Burton currently sit bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table but picked up a point in an encouraging 0-0 draw at Ipswich Town last weekend and will be aiming for victory as they return to home turf.

Nigel Clough is expected to have club-record signing Liam Boyce available following his return from knee surgery as The Brewers attempt to win for the first time since a 3-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on New Year's Day.

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

Team news

Forest boss Aitor Karanka hinted that he may make changes to the side in the wake of last weekend's defeat to Hull City with Ben Watson, Tobias Figueiredo and Lee Tomlin all pushing for starts.

Tom Flanagan (calf) is out for Burton, while John Brayford and Lloyd Dyer are also nursing knocks, but club record signing Liam Boyce is edging closer to a first league start following knee surgery.

From the opposition

Nigel Clough says his Burton Albion players must be brave and seize the initiative in the early stages of the clash with Forest at the Pirelli Stadium.

“Having the most possession in the last two games should give the players confidence.

“It’s about putting that onto our own pitch now but it’s a different way of playing, you can’t just sit back and look to break on people as if they sit back there is nowhere for you to break so we will try and take the initiative if we can.

“We want more shots, more crosses. The players get shots off in training but there can be a reluctance on a Saturday as there are points at stake and no-one wants to make a mistake."

One to watch - Lloyd Dyer

Lloyd Dyer has scored five times from midfield this season including in Burton's crucial victories over Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday.

At the age of 35, the former Leicester City man may be approaching the later days of his career but he still has a trick and a turn of pace that can worry any defence in the Sky Bet Championship.

Dyer will be expected to create opportunities for the likes of Darren Bent and Lucas Akins but is more than capable of chipping in with a goal himself as The Brewers look for vital points in their quest for survival.

Last visit


Tickets for Nottingham Forest's game at Burton Albion are sold out.


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

There will also be full coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

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

Birmingham v Millwall
Cardiff v Middlesbrough
Fulham v Aston Villa
Preston v Wolves
QPR v Bolton
Sunderland v Brentford
Norwich v Ipswich (Sunday, kick-off 12pm)
Leeds v Bristol City (Sunday, kick-off 4.30pm)

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Match Reports

Fulham 2-0 Forest

3 February 2018

Nottingham Forest suffered a 2-0 defeat against Fulham on a wet and miserable afternoon at Craven Cottage.

In an evenly-contested game in the capital, it was The Cottagers who came out on top thanks to second-half goals from Lucas Piazon and Stefan Johansen.

Manager Aitor Karanka named three of the January deadline-day signings in the starting line-up. Costel Pantilimon replaced Jordan Smith in goal, while Adlene Guedioura was named ahead of David Vaughan. Jack Colback, on-loan from Newcastle, was the third addition in place of Apostolos Vellios.

Debutant Pantilimon was called into action early on after a long-range effort from Fulham's Oliver Norwood which the Romanian guided past his left-hand post.

The contest was evenly poised after the opening 20 minutes, with the home side looking dangerous through Ryan Sessegnon on the left, while Matty Cash was lively for Forest.

And it was through the latter that Forest nearly went ahead on 21. Cash nipped the ball off Tim Ream and drove at goal on the angle but was denied after Marcus Bettinelli saved with his legs.

The home side were dominating possession without creating any clear-cut chances as the Forest back line remained resolute. Fulham's frustration was summed up in injury time of the first half when Norwood blasted an effort high and wide from distance.

Despite the home side's bright start to the second half, it was the visitors who nearly went in front on 52. Joe Worrall met a corner from the left but saw his header rebound off the post with Bettinelli beaten and the Fulham defence managed to scramble clear.

But the pressure continued from the home side as Piazon had an effort which sailed wide and Sessegnon headed over the bar and the pressure told on 67 as Fulham took the lead.

Piazon broke down the right-hand side and struck a powerful effort at goal. Pantilimon got a hand to the ball but could only parry it into the net to give the home side the advantage.

This prompted Forest to introduce two more debutants into the match. Lee Tomlin replaced Kieran Dowell first, with Ashkan Dejagah coming on for Guedioura as the match entered the final 10 minutes.

The visitors were enjoying their best period of possession in the match and nearly found an equaliser with five minutes to go.

After winning the ball off McDonald in the Fulham defence, Vellios, on for Ben Brereton, played in Ben Osborn whose close-range effort was well saved by Bettinelli and then Vellios was unable to turn the rebound in as the Fulham keeper dived across his goal to save again.

Forest were now streaming forward in numbers at every attack in search of the leveller but that left gaps at the back and Fulham capitalised as the game headed into injury time. Worrall took a heavy touch from a high ball, Johansen stole the ball off his toe and raced through on goal to slot past Pantilimon and seal the points for Slavisa Jokanovic's side.

Forest: Panitlimon, Lichaj, Worrall, Mancienne (c), Fox, Colback, Cash, Guedioura (Dejagah 76'), Osborn, Dowell (Tomlin 70'), Brereton (Vellios 81')

Unused subs: Smith, Figueiredo, Vaughan, Darikwa

Bookings: Dowell 47', Mancienne 70'

Fulham: Bettinelli, Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Targett (Odoi 90'), Johansen, McDonald (c), Norwood, Piazon (Ayite 88'), Fonte (Mitrovic 55'), Sessegnon

Unused subs: Button, Kebano, Christie, Kamara

Goals: Piazon 68', Johansen 90'

Booking: McDonald 73'

Referee: Tim Robinson

Attendance: 22,076 (3,508 away)

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