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Preview: Preston (H)

30 January 2018

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Nottingham Forest are back in Sky Bet Championship action tonight as they take on Preston North End at The City Ground.

After a brilliant 2-0 win away at league leaders Wolves in their last league fixture, The Reds exited the Emirates FA Cup against Hull City on Saturday and Aitor Karanka's side will be looking for an immediate response under the lights on Trentside.

Forest earned a point with a 1-1 draw at Deepdale last month and will be looking for all three to make it back-to-back league wins.

Preston have performed well in the Championship this season and sit just four points outside the play-off places. But Alex Neil's side are winless in their last three league outings and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Sheffield United on the weekend.

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

Team news

Liam Bridcutt serves the second game of his two-match ban so misses out for The Reds, with David Vaughan expected to come into the midfield.

Daryl Murphy will be missing again through injury.

From the opposition

Preston boss Alex Neil is looking for his side to increase their performance levels when they visit The City Ground tonight.

Speaking to Preston's official website, Neil said: "Predominantly a lot of our performances over the course of the season have been of a good level, unfortunately I don't think we've had those levels in recent weeks but we were here previously in the season and then that coincided with probably our best run of the season so we just need to get refocused and make sure that we are ready to get the job done now.

"We made quite a lot of changes on Saturday so we should have some lads that might come back in with fresh legs and some lads who performed on Saturday who we are hoping will be ok and can go again.

"You would like to think that it makes us stronger, we've got a couple of players still missing which will make us stronger again but I think it just shows how much we've tried to improve the squad now we have got some really difficult decisions to make.

"Guys who are really good players are going to miss out on even getting on the bench and it's certainly not a decision that I will be taking lightly."

One to watch - Ben Pearson

Midfielder Ben Pearson has been absent recently for North End but he is someone who makes them tick.

He was missed the draw with Birmingham through injury and was rested for the trip to Sheffield United in the Emirates FA Cup, but is expected to return to the team for tonight's game.

The 23-year-old's endeavour and tireless energy in midfield is sure to be a driving force for North End tonight.

Last visit


Tickets are still available for tonight's game. Full details 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 via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

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

Birmingham v Sunderland
Burton v Reading
Hull v Leeds
Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday
Millwall v Derby
Sheffield United v Aston Villa

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Match Reports

Forest 0-3 Preston

30 January 2018

A disappointing evening at The City Ground saw Nottingham Forest fall to a 3-0 defeat against Preston North End.

A first-half Billy Bodin strike was added to in the second half by Tom Barkhuizen and Daniel Johnson to compound a miserable evening for The Reds.

Aitor Karanka made four changes to the side beaten by Hull City in the Emirates FA Cup on the weekend, with Tendayi Darikwa, David Vaughan, Barrie McKay and Apostolos Vellios all coming into the starting line-up.

The Reds started positively and carved out a couple of early openings. On six minutes a sharp break following a Preston long throw-in saw McKay feed Ben Osborn down the left, but the midfielder's low cross was cut out before Vellios could convert.

The Greek striker, making his first league start of the season, then had another effort on nine minutes after some good work by Matty Cash but could only bend his effort over Declan Rudd's crossbar.

Despite Forest's attacking pressure, they couldn't find a breakthrough and had to be aware of Preston's threat on the break as Paul Gallagher curled an effort narrowly wide of the post on 21 with Jordan Smith beaten.

The Reds were pressing the visitors high up the pitch and forcing them into mistakes and an unlikely source almost found the breakthrough on 27, with captain Michael Mancienne rising highest at a corner to head just wide.

But a defensive mix-up on 35 gifted Preston the lead as Bodin capitalised on an error by Mancienne to race through on goal and prod past Smith.

The Reds came out in the second half and weren't at the races as Preston looked more likely to find the next goal and it came on the hour mark. A corner into the box by Gallagher was met by the run of Barkhuizen and he glanced a header into the far corner of the net.

The winger almost found his second and Preston's third goal on 64 as he raced past Darikwa and bent an effort towards the top corner, but Smith was equal to it to parry the ball and keep Forest in the game.

Things went from bad to worse for The Reds on 82 as the third goal did arrive after Mancienne hauled down Bodin in the area. Substitute Johnson to stepped up to send Smith the wrong way from the penalty spot and put the seal on a disappointing night on Trentside.

Forest: Smith, Darikwa, Worrall, Mancienne (c), Fox, Vaughan, Osborn, Cash, Dowell, McKay (Brereton 62'), Vellios (Ward 77')

Unused subs: Henderson, Lichaj, Mills, Clough, Bouchalakis

Bookings: Fox 44', Darikwa 45', Vaughan 86'

Preston: Rudd, Fisher, Clarke (c), Huntington, Earl, Gallagher (Johnson 80'), Pearson (Moult 85'), Bodin, Brown, Barkhuizen, Robinson (Horgan 88')

Unused subs: Maxwell, Harrop, Woods, Spurr

Goals: Bodin 35', Barkhuizen 60', Johnson pen 83'

Booking: Bodin 75'

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Attendance: 22,044 (411 away)

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