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18 November 2017 Venue St. Andrew's Stadium Attendance

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Preview: Birmingham (A)

17 November 2017

Nottingham Forest are back in Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday when they take on Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

The Reds return to their league schedule after the international break and will be hoping to build on the fantastic performance and victory over Queens Park Rangers prior to the break.

Mark Warburton's side sit just outside the play-off spots heading into the weekend's fixtures and victory in the Second City could see Forest climb into the top six.

The Blues have had a difficult start to the season, replacing Harry Redknapp as manager with former Reds boss Steve Cotterill, and they occupy one of the bottom three spots ahead of this round of games. 

Birmingham are winless in four but their three league wins this season have all come at St Andrew's so they will be hoping for a positive outcome on Saturday evening.

See below for the pre-match views of Mark Warburton and Liam Bridcutt.

Team news

Danny Fox, Chris Cohen and Jack Hobbs all remain sidelined through injury for The Reds and Mark Warburton welcomed the Forest players back from international duty without any injuries.

Tendayi Darikwa and David Vaughan will be hoping to be involved having sat out the 4-0 win against QPR prior to the international break.

From the opposition

Birmingham boss Steve Cotterill is looking forward to facing 'a good footballing team' in Nottingham Forest at St Andrew's on Saturday.

Speaking to Birmingham's official website, Cotterill said: "Mark (Warburton) has done well with them, they have had a couple of windows to recruit now, they have recruited well and he has done a fantastic job with them.

"He's a good man. He's got David Weir with him as well. I keep in contact with a few people at Forest, good friends now - and they have done very well. They are high on confidence, but it's a game we are looking forward to."

He added: "They are a good footballing team, a la Brentford. They have got some good players there, they are settled in their own skin now, they know how everyone plays. They look like they have got a decent spirit about them. But like I said, it's a game we are looking forward to now."

One to watch - Jota

After a big-money move in the summer, Jota has so far found life quite difficult at Birmingham City.

The Spaniard has failed to find the net so far this campaign having joined from Brentford, but his creative talents have often caused The Reds problems in the past.

He may not have lit St Andrew's alight so far but he is one for the Forest defence to keep an eye on during Saturday's game.

Last visit

Tickets

All tickets for Nottingham Forest supporters for Saturday's game have sold out.

The Reds' initial allocation of 2,500 tickets were snapped up by supporters, with an additional 300 also selling out.

Forest fans travelling to the game may find this Away Fans' Guide useful, produced by Birmingham City.

Coverage

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

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

Other fixtures 

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

Burton v Sheffield United (Friday, 7.45pm)
Preston v Bolton (Friday, 7.45pm)
Cardiff v Brentford
Hull v Ipswich
Norwich v Barnsley
QPR v Aston Villa
Reading v Wolves
Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City
Sunderland v Millwall
Fulham v Derby (5.30pm)
Leeds v Middlesbrough (Sunday, 1.15pm)

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Match Reports

Birmingham 1-0 Forest

18 November 2017

An early strike from Che Adams proved to be the difference as Nottingham Forest fell to defeat against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.

The Reds were dominant, particularly in the second half, but couldn't break down a resilient Blues back line who also had goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak to thank for a couple of good saves.

Mark Warburton made two changes to the side that convincingly beat QPR last time out at The City Ground, with Ben Brereton coming in for Daryl Murphy in attack and Tendayi Darikwa replacing Armand Traore in the back four.

It was a bright start from the home side who threatened early through Jota. The former Brentford man was given time and space on the edge of the area but saw his effort sail wide.

The warning signs were there for the visitors and on five minutes they found themselves behind. Adams was slid through by Maikel Kieftenbeld and the striker finished with style past Jordan Smith from a tight angle.

After a good spell of pressure from The Blues, Forest managed their first real threat on goal 14 minutes in. Kieran Dowell neatly controlled a loose ball before sending Brereton through on goal and the England man raced clear only to see his right-footed shot take a deflection and loop over the crossbar.

Forest were beginning to find their feet and control large periods of play. Dowell's effort from the edge of the area went inches past the host's goal after a deflection on the half-hour mark.

The home side always looked dangerous on the break however and, if not for some resolute defending from Worrall and Mancienne, they would have extended their lead before half time.

Forest came out to the second half with a sense of urgency, immediately forcing the home side onto the back foot.

Despite enjoying the majority of possession, chances were few and far between for The Reds. Warburton turned to Zach Clough and Jamie Ward from the substitutes' bench to try and force the equaliser.

It was fellow sub Jason Cummings though who had the best chance in the closing stages. Fresh from his first international cap for Scotland, the striker saw his right-footed effort brilliantly saved by Kuszczak, who somehow managed to turn the ball around his left-hand post.

Then in stoppage time, Kuszczak again came to the rescue for The Blues. Clough this time turning in the area and firing a left-footed shot towards goal, but the former Manchester United stopper got down well to smoother the ball.

Those saves proved to be vital for the hosts who managed to hold onto their first-half lead to claim all three points at St Andrews.

Forest: Smith, Darikwa, Worrall, Mancienne (c), Lichaj, Bridcutt, Osborn (Clough 67'), Walker (Cummings 85'), Dowell, McKay, Brereton (Ward 77')

Unused subs: Henderson, Mills, Cash, Bouchalakis

Bookings: Worrall 13', Dowell 56'

Birmingham: Kuszczak, Nsue, Roberts, Dean, Grounds, Kieftenbeld, Davis (c), Gleeson (Maghoma 46'), Gallagher, Jota (Ndoye 86'), Adams (Jutkiewicz 90')

Unused subs: Trueman, Boga, Cotterill, Morrison

Goal: Adams 5'

Bookings: Kieftenbeld 47', Dean 55'

Attendance: 21,071 (2,755 away)

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

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Ticket News

Birmingham tickets sold out

15 November 2017

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Birmingham City have now sold out.

Reds supporters have snapped up all 2,800 seats for the game at St Andrew's and no further tickets will be allocated.

No further tickets can be posted after 3.30pm on Wednesday but can be collected from the ticket office at The City Ground.

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand at 12pm and is priced at £15.

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