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Preview: Wolves (A)

19 January 2018

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Nottingham Forest head to Molineux on Saturday looking to pick up a result against league leaders Wolves.

The Reds lost 1-0 to Aston Villa last weekend in Aitor Karanka's first game in charge and, after a full week on the training pitch with the new manager, Forest will be seeking a positive performance against Wolves.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side have performed brilliantly so far in this campaign and sit 10 points clear at the top of the Championship heading into this weekend's fixtures.

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

Team news

Daryl Murphy and Jamie Ward have been ruled out of Saturday's game through injury. Murphy has yet to recover from a rib problem while Ward has a minor hamstring injury and is set to return to training next week.

Joe Worrall is available however, as the defender returns after completing his one-match suspension.

From the opposition

Nuno Espirito Santo said that he can take plenty of positives from Wednesday night's Emirates FA Cup defeat against Swansea ahead of the clash with Forest at Molineux.

Speaking after the game at the Liberty Stadium, he said: "When you lose a game, the first reaction you have is that there are no positives but there are a lot of positives from this game.

"It's about the squad, it's about growing the team and it's about having options for the rest of the season.

"We have to look how many games we have gone without losing a game - now we lose, it must be the same again.

"We have shown again that we really can compete against any opponent - we are ready to compete game by game, this is what I'm looking to improve.

"I want to create an identity that allows us to go to each pitch and compete.

"Today, we showed that we are in the right way. I know it's disappointing and the fans came a long way to support us until the end, but they saw what we are ready to do - the team is ready to compete in any pitch."

One to watch - Diogo Jota

Portuguese forward Diogo Jota has been a big influence in the Wolves attack so far this season. The 21-year-old has chipped in with 11 goals and four assists in the Championship as Wolves sit at the top of the table.

Highly-rated Jota moved to the club in the summer, joining on loan from Atletico Madrid, and has taken to life in English football well and will be one for The Reds defence to keep quiet on Saturday afternoon.

Last visit


Tickets are no longer available through the Nottingham Forest ticket office and no tickets will be available for purchase at Molineux on the day.


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

There will also be coverage available 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:

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

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Match Reports

Wolves 0-2 Forest

20 January 2018

A superb away performance from Nottingham Forest saw Aitor Karanka pick up his first win as manager with a 2-0 win against Wolves.

Goals at the end of the first half by Kieran Dowell and Ben Osborn were enough for Forest to seal the points in a performance built on a solid defensive display at Molineux.

Karanka made four changes to the Forest side beaten by Aston Villa last weekend, with Matt Mills, Armand Traore, David Vaughan and Zach Clough all being replaced by Joe Worrall, Danny Fox, Liam Bridcutt and Andreas Bouchalakis.

The first effort on goal arrived on nine minutes for the home side, with Diogo Jota playing a one-two with Leo Bonatini and then curling an effort wide of Jordan Smith's left-hand post from the corner of the penalty area.

The Reds were holding their own, as well as putting themselves about with hefty challenges from Worrall, Fox and Bridcutt all seeing them go into the referee's book.

On 32 minutes a teasing delivery from a free kick by Dowell almost found the opener, with his whipped cross evading everyone bar Wolves wing back Matt Doherty, as the ball hit him and deflected just past the near post.

Forest were finishing the half strongly and Osborn came close from another set piece on 39. As he successfully did against Bristol City last season, Osborn received a free kick to feet, flicked the ball up and volleyed at goal but his shot deflected wide of John Ruddy's goal.

But The Reds did gain the advantage from the resulting corner. Osborn's delivery was only half-cleared to the edge of the box for Dowell who hit a shot first time and found its way into the net via a deflection.

It got better for Karanka's side three minutes later as Osborn doubled the lead. Matty Cash did well to get to the byline on the right-hand side and he then cut the ball back for the arriving Osborn, who controlled 15 yards out and fired into the top corner with Ruddy helpless.

The home side looked to go on the attack straight after the break and came out at some pace, but it was Danny Fox who forced the first save of the half as Ruddy tipped his header over the bar.

The Reds were content to soak up the pressure and look to hit Wolves on the break. The home side probed but couldn't carve out any opportunities, with Smith untested in the Forest goal thanks to a superbly solid defence and Karanka's men saw out the game to seal a first win in six league games.

Forest: Smith, Lichaj, Mancienne (c), Worrall, Fox, Bouchalakis, Cash, Bridcutt (Clough 69'), Osborn, Dowell (Darikwa 83'), Brereton

Unused subs: Henderson, Mills, Traore, Carayol, Vellios

Bookings: Fox 6', Worrall 19', Bridcutt 30'

Goals: Dowell 40', Osborn 43'

Wolves: Ruddy, Bennett, Coady (c), Boly, Doherty (Costa 46'), Saiss, Neves (Mir 77'), Douglas (Gibbs-White 46'), Cavaleiro, Jota, Bonatini

Unused subs: Norris, N'Diaye, Batth, Miranda

Bookings: Coady 38', Jota 65', Bennett 90'

Referee: Robert Madley

Attendance: 29,050 (1,527 away)

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