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Preview: Cardiff (H)

25 November 2017

Nottingham Forest are in action at The City Ground for the second time this week as Cardiff City are the visitors to Trentside.

The Reds picked up a fourth home win in a row on Tuesday night, defeating Norwich City 1-0 thanks to Daryl Murphy's strike, and they will be keen to carry that on on Sunday.

With three home clean sheets on the spin as well, The City Ground is quickly becoming a difficult place to visit but Cardiff will pose a stern test for Mark Warburton's side.

The Bluebirds have been flying so far this season, sitting pretty in second place ahead of this weekend's fixtures. Neil Warnock has turned his side round from potential relegation candidates to Championship pace-setters and they will be looking for another three points on the road.

See below for the pre-match views of Mark Warburton and Joe Worrall.

Team news

Tendayi Darikwa will be missing for The Reds after limping off during the win over Norwich on Tuesday, but there are plenty of options for Mark Warburton to choose from on Sunday.

Warburton said: "Tendayi is in a boot at the moment, so we will be looking at a couple of weeks to see how he is after the swelling goes down.

"The medical team have been outstanding; to see we have so many selection problems is because the team have done such a good job.

"Everyone else is looking fit and well so we will so how we go. We have options; Armand Traore is fit and well, we have Eric Lichaj, we know Michael Mancienne can play there, Matty Cash can play right back with a real energy and quality and Ben Osborn can fill in at left back. We have that flexibility of player which is so important to the squad."

Liam Bridcutt will serve a one-game suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Norwich. Danny Fox and Jack Hobbs remain sidelined while Chris Cohen has stepped up his recovery by returning to training this week.

From the opposition

Neil Warnock is expecting a tough challenge at The City Ground on Sunday and is expecting a level of commitment from his players.

Speaking to Cardiff's official website, he said: "There are no easy games in this league. But it will not be easy for them either - that's the way I look at it.

"I'm sure our lads will be up for it, and the fans too. We had a brave 250-odd the other night, in terrible conditions on a Tuesday night in Barnsley. All credit to those that travelled.

"They made themselves heard as well - I suppose you had to sing to keep warm."

He added: "We've had Zohore, Mendez-Laing and Gunnarsson out of our team, and if you take three of the best players out of any team in this league, you'll miss them.

"But we haven't bleated about that, we've just got on with it. The lads who've come in have stepped up. They've done really well to fit in and do what I want them to do.

"We keep working 'till the end. That's why we got the reward at Barnsley, where I thought we got stronger as the game went on."

One to watch - Joe Ralls

Midfielder Joe Ralls has been a consistent figure in the Cardiff midfield this season and has been a key component of the side which has performed well.

He has chipped in with four goals as well and has become an important part of Neil Warnock's side.

He made his Cardiff debut as a 17-year-old against Oxford United in the League Cup in 2011 and struck his first goal against Hull City two months later. He gained further first-team experience on loan at newly-promoted Yeovil Town in 2013-14 and featured 37 times for The Glovers in the Championship, scoring three times.

Ralls has since developed into a key player in the Cardiff midfield, either on the wing or in the centre, and has made over 150 appearances for The Bluebirds.

Last visit

Tickets

It's Kids for a Quid on Sunday with tickets for ages 4-15 costing just £1. 

Full ticket details can be found here.

Coverage

The match is not being televised in the UK, so the only way to watch the game live is by booking your seat. Overseas fans will be able to watch the game on iFollow Forest and there will also be audio commentary 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:

Barnsley v Leeds (12.30pm)
Aston Villa v Ipswich
Burton v Sunderland
Fulham v Millwall
Hull v Bristol City
Middlesbrough v Derby
Norwich v Preston
Reading v Sheffield Wednesday
Wolves v Bolton
Sheffield United v Birmingham (5.30pm)
QPR v Brentford (Monday, 7.45pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 0-2 Cardiff

26 November 2017

Nottingham Forest's strong run of results at home was brought to an end following a 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City at The City Ground.

Neil Warnock's side found the net twice in the first half through Junior Hoilett and Danny Ward and then produced an effective away performance to see the game out and take the points.

A tough test awaited The Reds up against an in-form Cardiff side who had only lost one of their last five league games.

The first real sight of goal in the opening 15 minutes went to the away side with Hoilett hitting the crossbar early on, although the linesman had earlier flagged for offside.

After good build-up work down the left-hand side, Forest had their first chance of the afternoon, but a tame header from Daryl Murphy was comfortable for Bluebirds keeper Neil Etheridge.

Then, the sucker-punch. A free-kick 30 yards out was floated in to the box, Forest couldn’t clear the first ball and from the knockdown, Hoilett was on hand to head the away side a goal to the good.

Three minutes later, Forest had a superb chance to equalise. Good work from Tyler Walker down the right, managing to cut inside and have a shot which was deflected to the back post, where Barrie McKay picked up the ball, unselfishly rolled it to Murphy but the striker could only blaze his shot over from 12 yards.

Eight minutes before the break and the away side struck again. Ward picked the ball up 30 yards from goal in a central position, shifted the ball on to his left foot and hit a wonder goal into the top right-hand corner, giving Jordan Smith absolutely no chance in the Forest net.

Forest replied with a half-chance of their own as Ben Osborn picked the ball up and drove towards the Cardiff goal but he could only drag his left-footed shot wide.

The fourth official indicated an additional two minutes to end of the first half, and it was Cardiff who had time to create another chance on goal. Ward headed back to an unmarked Craig Bryson, but his shot was well blocked by Michael Mancienne.

The heavens opened on an already-gloomy City Ground and the second half started in the same way the first half ended, with the away side enjoying plenty of possession and Forest lacking that creative spark in midfield.

As much as Cardiff were enjoying the lion’s share of possession, it was the home side who worked the best opening of the second half. A ball through from McKay sent  Walker through on goal, he checked back on to his left foot but his side-footed finish didn’t test Etheridge.

Cardiff almost punished Forest going straight down the other end, winning two corners with both resulting in chances to score. The first corner saw Sean Morrison put a header wide of Smith’s goal before the Forest goalkeeper was left fumbling the ball but luckily managed to smother it at the second time of asking.

With 20 minutes to go, Forest carved open the Cardiff backline through substitute Mustapha Carayol, who cut in from the left, beating two defenders but his shot was blocked by a flying Morrison as it headed towards goal.

Carayol was looking a threat on the left, picking the ball up and driving at the Cardiff defence, but his shot was blocked on the edge of the box and the follow-up from  Osborn was also blocked. Forest were starting to create chances and it was Carayol’s pace and trickery that was opening the game up.

Mark Warburton made two changes to try and salvage something from the game as Matty Cash and Ben Brereton were introduced and it was Forest who continued to threaten, forcing four corners in as many minutes. The fourth corner almost resulted in a goal, but the chance went astray and Cardiff cleared.

Forest had six minutes of added time to find a consolation goal. Unfortunately for the home faithful, the goal never arrived. In a game that lacked real quality, it was the visitors who took their chances and came away with all three points and defeat for Forest leaves them ninth, still a point ahead of Ipswich Town.

Forest: Smith; Lichaj, Mancienne (c), Worrall, Traore; Vaughan, Dowell; Walker, Osborn (Cash 78'), McKay (Carayol 68'); Murphy (Brereton 78')

Subs not used: Henderson, Mills, Clough, Bouchalakis

Booking: Traore 14'

Cardiff: Etheridge; Ecuele-Manga, Bamba (Peltier 78'), Morrison (c), Bennett; Damour, Ralls, Bryson (Halford 82'), Hoilett; Paterson; Ward (Gounongbe 84')

Subs not used: Murphy, Tomlin, Feeney, Feltscher

Goals: Hoilett 24', Ward 38'

Bookings: Paterson 65', Gounongbe 86'

Referee: Peter Bankes

Attendance: 25,210 (1,305 away)

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Ticket News

Kids for a Quid for Cardiff clash

24 November 2017

Get down to The City Ground on Sunday as Nottingham Forest look to make it five home wins on the spin against Cardiff City.

It is Kids for a Quid as Neil Warnock's side visit Trentside (kick-off 1pm), with tickets for ages 4-15 priced at just £1.

The match is not being televised in the UK, so the only way to watch the game live is by booking your seat. Overseas fans will be able to watch the game by subscribing to iFollow Forest.

Tickets are now on general sale and are priced as follows (matchday price in brackets):

General sale

Adults - £24 (£26)
Ages 65+ - £17 (£19)
Ages 16 and 17 - £12 (£12)
Ages 4-15 - £1 (£1)

Family Area

Adults - £19 (£21)
Ages 65+ - £14 (£16)
Ages 16 and 17 - £10 (£10)
Ages 4-15 - £1 (£1)

*Please note that Ages 4-15 tickets are not available in the lower tier of the Bridgford Stand.

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, by calling 0115 982 4388 or by visiting tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

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