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Preview: Hull (A)

26 January 2018

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Nottingham Forest's Emirates FA Cup campaign continues on Saturday with a trip to face Hull City in the fourth round.

The Reds dumped holders Arsenal out of the competition with a memorable third-round victory earlier this month and will be looking to reach the fifth round for the first time in four years.

Aitor Karanka's men will also be keen to build some momentum on the back of last weekend's victory at league leaders Wolves, and head to the KCOM Stadium where they have already won this season after the 3-2 triumph back in October.

Hull defeated League One side Blackburn Rovers to reach this stage of the competition and Nigel Adkins' side will be looking to the cup for more respite from their poor league form which has seen them go winless in seven games. 

The Tigers do have pedigree in the competition in recent years though, reaching the final in 2013-14 where they took a 2-0 lead but eventually lost 3-2 against Arsenal after extra time.

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

Team news

Liam Bridcutt misses out for The Reds as the midfielder starts a two-match ban after picking up his tenth yellow card of the season in the win at Wolves.

David Vaughan and Jamie Ward have both returned to training this week and are in contention while Daryl Murphy remains sidelined. 

From the opposition

Nigel Adkins has challenged his players to be more ruthless in front of goal in order to improve results.

"We're creating big chances - I think we're fourth in the division at this moment in for chances created - but right now our conversion rate isn't what we'd like it to be," he said. "That's the missing piece of the jigsaw.

"That's the most important bit and we all know that, so we've got to look to improve on that front going forward.

"In every game I've been here, we've had big, big chances but we haven't managed to put those away on a consistent basis. Performances have been good, but we need to turn to those performances into results by scoring more goals.

"Some may say we're not having that little bit of fortune go our way, but on the other hand, maybe we're not being ruthless enough in front of goal. That will only change through practice though.

"We need to do the basics to an elite level and take things from there. There's a good focus amongst the group and we're working hard on the training ground to address the situation." 

One to watch - Jarrod Bowen

Young forward Jarrod Bowen has made an impression in his breakthrough season for Hull City. The 21-year-old has chipped in with 11 goals so far in this campaign, including a strike against Nottingham Forest in the game back in October.

He made his debut for the club last season, but has cemented his place in the side in this campaign. Bowen was scoring freely at the start of the season and the goals may have dried up a little since, but he is still one for The Reds defenders to keep an eye on.

Last visit


Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie at Hull City have sold out.

Reds supporters have snapped up the full allocation of 4,014 tickets for the trip to the KCOM Stadium and no further tickets will be made available.


Due to broadcasting restrictions, the match will not be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, however, the usual audio commentary will be available.

There will also be 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:

Sheffield Wednesday v Reading (Friday, 7.45pm)
Yeovil v Manchester United (Friday, 7.55pm)
Peterborough v Leicester (12.30pm)
Huddersfield v Birmingham
Middlesbrough v Brighton
Millwall v Rochdale
MK Dons v Coventry
Notts County v Swansea
Sheffield United v Preston
Southampton v Watford
Wigan v West Ham
Newport v Tottenham (5.30pm)
Liverpool v West Brom (7.45pm)
Chelsea v Newcastle (Sunday, 1.30pm)
Cardiff v Manchester City (Sunday, 4pm)

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Match Reports

Hull 2-1 Forest

27 January 2018

An Apostolos Vellios goal was in vain as Nottingham Forest exited the Emirates FA Cup with a 2-1 defeat against Hull City.

The Reds hit the woodwork on two occasions but first-half Jarrod Bowen and Nouha Dicko goals were enough for the home side to earn their place in the fifth round.

Aitor Karanka was forced into one change to the side which defeated Wolves last weekend, with Mustapha Carayol coming in for the suspended Liam Bridcutt.

It was Carayol who had the game's first effort on goal on four minutes, with the winger finding himself in the centre of the pitch and hitting an effort which was always bending away from David Marshall's far post.

Despite that, the home side took control. A low free kick from Markus Henriksen was tipped wide of the post by Jordan Smith, and from the resulting corner it took some decisive action from the Forest stopper to smother at the feet of Bowen after Michael Hector's flick on.

Smith then created a problem in coming for a through ball which Joe Worrall appeared to have under control on 17 minutes, and the hesitation allowed Bowen to loop an effort over the stranded keeper but it bounced onto the post and into Smith's grateful hands.

But he wasn't so fortunate a minute later as Bowen gave Hull the lead. A swift break forward saw the wideman charge down the right and hit a shot goalwards which, after a deflection off Michael Mancienne, hit the inside of the post and went in.

The home side continued to come forward and the post gave The Tigers a big helping hand again on 40 as they doubled their lead. A cross to the back post found Dicko whose header beat Smith and hit the inside of the post before crossing the line.

Carayol had a great chance to immediately get The Reds back into the game on 43, but he could only divert his header wide of the post when well placed in front of goal as Forest went in 2-0 down at the break.

Karanka made a double change at the interval, bringing on David Vaughan and Zach Clough to try and change their fortunes, but it was Smith who was needed to deny the hosts a third on 52 as he tipped Dicko's low effort around the post.

The same post which aided Hull's efforts in the first half helped them out defensively this time, as Kieran Dowell's rasping free kick on 55 cannoned back of the goal frame and to safety with Marshall beaten.

A goalmouth scramble following a corner almost gave The Reds a route back into the game on 66 but the Hull defence managed to clear, and Marshall pulled off a fine save to deny Worrall's header from eight yards out on 76. Ben Brereton then flicked an effort onto the post, yet again, as the Hull goal led a charmed life as the pressure mounted.

Vellios came off the bench to add more firepower and it was the Greek striker who found the breakthrough for his first goal of the season on 88. A sumptuous delivery from the right by Matty Cash fell perfectly for Vellios in front of goal who showed no mercy in lashing the ball past Marshall.

But that was as far as the comeback went with the home side holding out to earn their spot in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Forest: Smith, Lichaj, Worrall, Mancienne (c), Fox, Bouchalakis (Vaughan 46'), Osborn, Cash, Dowell, Carayol (Clough 46'), Brereton (Vellios 81')

Unused subs: Henderson, Mills, McKay, Darikwa

Bookings: Fox 25', Worrall 90'

Goal: Vellios 88'

Hull: Marshall (c), Aina, Mazuch, Hector, Clark, Henriksen, Stewart, Irvine (Batty 87'), Bowen, Diomande (Grosicki 71'), Dicko (Keane 62')

Unused subs: McGregor, Dawson, Campbell, Tomori

Goals: Bowen 18', Dicko 40'

Booking: Mazuch 90'

Referee: Stuart Atwell

Attendance: 13,450 (4,014 away)

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