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Preview: Hull (A)

27 October 2017

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Nottingham Forest are in Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday evening when they take on Hull City at the KCOM Stadium (kick-off 5.30pm).

The Reds will be looking to build on last Saturday's 2-0 win against Burton Albion when they make the trip to Humberside.

Forest have a good record at the KCOM, having suffered defeat just once in four outings at the stadium built in 2002, and Mark Warburton's men will be hoping for a positive result on Saturday.

Hull have made a steady but inconsistent start to life back in the second tier after relegation from the Premier League last season. 

With several new players and a new manager in Leonid Slutsky, The Tigers have taken time to adjust but picked up four points from their last two games, both away from home, and have a thumping 6-1 win to build on against Birmingham from their last outing at the KCOM.

Check out the pre-match views from the Forest camp below.

Team news

Danny Fox and Armand Traore are doubts for The Reds as both picked up knocks in the victory over Burton Albion last weekend. 

David Vaughan came through his return to first-team action unscathed, while Matty Cash will be keen to be involved having featured for the Under 23s.

From the opposition

Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky believes that having competition for places in his squad can only help improve his side's performances.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's game, he said: "We really have competition in each position now.

"The positive side of the coin is that the competition for places is really good for the coach, the negative side of the coin if you can call it a negative is that there are some difficult decisions to make.

"To have such hard decisions to make is better than having no choices. There is serious competition in each training session because the players know that the way into the starting eleven is through training well."

He added: "It is all about character. We have a lot of very serious sportsmen here and if you are a serious sportsman, then you should never be afraid of competition, you are only ready to face it.

"If you aren't ready to compete, how can you play in the starting eleven against very good teams? Everybody here understands this and is ready to compete. They are all working as hard as they can and that is very good for us."

One to watch - Jarrod Bowen

Forward Jarrod Bowen made his Hull debut last season but he has burst onto the scene in this campaign.

The 20-year-old struck on the opening weekend of the season against Aston Villa and has gone on to score seven times in 13 appearances this season.

His form has seen him earn a new contract at the KCOM Stadium and he will be one for the Forest defenders to keep an eye on.


Tickets are no longer on sale from the Nottingham Forest ticket office.

Away fans can pay on the day at the away supporters bar located in the North East corner of the stadium with cash and card payments available. Tickets will cost £24 for all supporters.


Due to broadcasting restrictions, there will be no live broadcast via iFollow Forest for international subsrcribers. There will, however, be live audio commentary.

The match is also being shown live on Sky Sports, and 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:

Leeds v Sheffield United (7.45pm, Friday)
Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley (12.30pm)
Burton v Ipswich
Cardiff v Millwall
Fulham v Bolton
Norwich v Derby
Preston v Brentford
QPR v Wolves
Reading v Middlesbrough
Sunderland v Bristol City
Birmingham v Aston Villa (12pm, Sunday)

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Match Reports

Hull 2-3 Forest

28 October 2017

Kieran Dowell scored a memorable hat-trick as Nottingham Forest ran out 3-2 winners over Hull City at the KCOM Stadium.

Dowell’s brace had put Forest in command before Jarrod Bowen reduced the arrears but the Everton loanee struck again from the penalty spot to give The Reds all three points despite Michael Hector’s late strike for Hull.

Mark Warburton made three changes to the side that beat Burton Albion last weekend as Tendayi Darikwa, Joe Worrall and Dowell replaced Armand Traore, Danny Fox and Daryl Murphy respectively. 

The home side began brightly with Jarrod Bowen looking a threat down the right-hand side but it was Forest who had the first sight of goal on 14 minutes. Jason Cummings delivered a cross from the right but Ben Osborn, who arrived at the back post, saw his shot deflected over by Ola Aina.

David Vaughan was booked for a late challenge on David Meyler but on 29 minutes The Reds had the lead. Dowell picked the ball up in space inside the Hull half and marauded forward and having ridden one challenge, he unleashed a venomous shot from 25 yards which arrowed into the net. 

The goal seemed to wake Hull from a slumber as they hit back well. Kamil Grosicki’s curling effort was well held by Jordan Smith before the Forest goalkeeper had to stand tall to deny Meyler from close range after Forest had failed to clear a corner from the right.

There were goalscoring opportunities for both sides towards the end of the first half. First, Joe Worrall produced a tremendous block inside his own penalty area to prevent Grosicki from bringing Hull level after he got on the end of Bowen’s pull-back.

In the final minute of first-half stoppage time, Forest almost doubled their advantage in sublime fashion. Eric Lichaj’s chipped ball found Osborn inside the Hull penalty area and he connected with a stunning volley which rattled Allan McGregor’s crossbar and bounced away to safety.

Hull boss Leonid Slutsky made a double substitution at half-time with Jon Toral and Jackson Irvine replacing Markus Henriksen and Grosicki and his side almost levelled matters on 51 minutes. A free-kick from 25 yards hit the wall and fell kindly for Frazier Campbell just inside the box and even though Smith spilled his shot, Joe Worrall was there to clear the danger.

Forest were living dangerously and had to survive another scare on 63 minutes. A corner was drifted into the box from the right-hand side and Hector had seemingly headed home the equaliser before Cummings intervened and diverted the ball over from underneath his own crossbar.

That moment was to prove crucial as Warburton’s side doubled the lead on 71 minutes. A well-crafted move involving substitute Tyler Walker and Barrie McKay ended with Dowell sweeping home his second goal of the night with the help of the far post.

To their credit, Hull refused to lie down and halved the deficit five minutes later. Meyler laid the ball off to Bowen on the edge of the penalty area and he bent a terrific shot beyond Smith and into the  top corner of the net to give The Tigers some renewed hope.

Having withstood some pressure from the hosts, Forest looked to have sealed the three points on 84 minutes as Dowell completed his hat-trick. Walker was bundled over inside the penalty area and the Everton loanee stepped up to calmly send McGregor the wrong way and give The Reds their two-goal lead back.

Still the game wasn’t over though as Hull hit back again with two minutes to play. Forest failed to clear a free-kick which had been launched into their penalty area and Hector was on hand to lash the ball into the net and give the visitors a few more nervous moments.

Dowell had a chance to score his fourth goal of the night as he saw a low shot saved by McGregor’s legs but it wasn’t to matter as Forest held on to secure another important victory and move to within a point of the top six in the Sky Bet Championship.

Forest: Smith; Darikwa, Worrall, Mancienne (c), Lichaj; Bridcutt, Vaughan (Bouchalakis 70’); McKay (Ward 80’), Dowell, Osborn; Cummings (Walker 70’)

Subs not used: Henderson, Mills, Clough, Brereton

Goals: Dowell 29’, 71’, 84’ (pen)

Bookings: Vaughan 24’, Ward 86’, Walker 90’

Hull: McGregor; Aina, Dawson (c), Hector, Clark; Meyler, Larsson; Bowen, Henriksen (Toral 46’ (Dicko 54’)), Grosicki (Irvine 46’); Campbell 

Subs not used: Marshall, Diomande, Tomori, Stewart 

Goals: Bowen 76’, Hector 88’

Bookings: Larsson 61’, Irvine 64’, Dawson 68’, Clark 74’

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Attendance: 15,780 (1,279 away)

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