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21 October 2017 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Preview: Burton (H)

20 October 2017

Nottingham Forest return to The City Ground on Saturday to face Burton Albion in only the third competitive meeting between the two sides.

The Reds will be eager to put on a performance for the home fans after last weekend's East Midlands derby defeat and make it back-to-back wins on Trentside.

The Brewers have found life difficult in their second season in the Championship, but a credible 0-0 draw at Bristol City last time out made it three away clean sheets in a row, so Nigel Clough's team are set to be a difficult test.

See what boss Mark Warburton had to say ahead of the game here, while the thoughts of former Burton loanee Jamie Ward can be found here.

Team news

David Vaughan is back in contention having recovered from his groin injury and gained some valuable game time for the Under 23s last week. Jamie Ward is also set to be involved again having returned in last weekend's match with Derby.

Matty Cash is nearing a return but Jack Hobbs (back) and Chris Cohen (knee) remain sidelined.

From the opposition

Nigel Clough is hoping his team can chalk up a fourth clean sheet on the road in a row at The City Ground on Saturday.

Speaking to Burton's official website, he said: "We are all or nothing at the moment – either conceding a lot of goals or keeping a clean sheet. What we are looking for is to keep that clean sheet, be solid but do a little more offensively. That's the plan for Saturday but the priority will be to keep that clean sheet.

"If we can't get that first goal then the longer we keep it at 0-0 the better chance we have got. As the game opened up at Bristol City in the last 10 minutes, we could have pinched it."

He added: "They are playing well without getting the results. They have just missed chances. They had opportunities against Derby on Sunday and will be disappointed having lost to their local rivals. They will be looking to bounce back. Their strength will be at home this season.

"In the Championship it's very fine margins and it wouldn't take much for them to be challenging the top six."

One to watch - Lucas Akins

Versatile forward Lucas Akins is Burton's main threat and is one for Forest to keep an eye on during Saturday's game.

The 28-year-old has scored twice this term, both of them winning goals as he hit the deciders in the Carabao Cup win over Oldham and the league victory against Fulham last month.

Akins came through the ranks at Huddersfield before going on to play for Hamilton Academical, Tranmere and Stevenage and he has been a prominant figure in The Brewers' rise through the leagues.

Last visit

Tickets

Students, over 65s and those aged 17 and under can all watch Saturday's match for just £5. 

Tickets are on general sale and full details can be found here.

Coverage

Saturday's match will be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, while domestic subscribers will be able to hear live audio commentary.

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:

Aston Villa v Fulham
Barnsley v Hull
Bolton v QPR
Brentford v Sunderland
Bristol City v Leeds
Derby v Sheffield Wednesday
Middlesbrough v Cardiff
Sheffield United v Reading
Wolves v Preston
Millwall v Birmingham (5.30pm)
Ipswich v Norwich (Sunday, 12pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 2-0 Burton Albion

21 October 2017

Nottingham Forest returned to winning ways this afternoon with a solid 2-0 victory over Burton Albion at The City Ground.

Second-half goals from Barrie McKay and Eric Lichaj handed Forest all three points on an afternoon when they had to show patience to break down a stubborn Burton side.

Mark Warburton made one change to the side beaten at Pride Park in the East Midlands derby as Kieran Dowell was replaced by David Vaughan. Dowell took his place on the bench alongside Ben Brereton who was brought back into the squad.

The Reds made a bright start on a gusty afternoon at The City Ground and Albion goalkeeper Stephen Bywater had to be alert to palm away a low right-wing cross from Ben Osborn after he had escaped the attentions of the visitors’ defence.

Nigel Clough’s side had been under the cosh during the opening exchanges but had a decent opportunity on 11 minutes. Former Huddersfield man Sean Scannell created space for himself on the right-hand side but his low cross fizzed across the face of goal and out to safety.

Both teams were then forced into substitutions through injury. John Brayford had to make way for Tom Flanagan for Burton before Armand Traore left the field with an apparent hamstring problem as he was replaced by Joe Worrall.

Forest had seen more of the ball but it was the visitors who had the best chance of the half on 28 minutes. The ball was pulled back to Lloyd Dyer inside the penalty area but the former Leicester winger was denied by a terrific block on the goal-line by Lichaj as The Reds scrambled away the danger.

With two minutes remaining in the first half, Forest had their first shot on target. The ball fell kindly for David Vaughan 25 yards from the Burton goal but Bywater had no troubles as he comfortably held on to the Welshman’s long-range drive.

Warburton had seemingly delivered a strong half-time team talk as Forest came out of the blocks quickly in the second half. Liam Bridcutt curled an effort towards goal which Bywater had to turn over the bar before McKay’s shot was deflected wide.

Forest didn’t have to wait much longer to go in front as McKay netted his third goal of the campaign. Bywater came out to punch the ball under pressure from Jason Cummings but it only fell as far as McKay and he rifled a shot into the top corner of the net.

The opening goal of the game gave The Reds a visible lift and they began to take control of the contest. Bywater had to be at full-stretch to turn Osborn’s powerful drive over the crossbar before Daryl Murphy headed a corner straight at the Burton goalkeeper at the near post. 

Warburton made a double substitution on 74 minutes with Dowell and Andreas Bouchalakis coming on for Cummings and Vaughan and that was a prequel to two key moments which would eventually decide the game.

At one end, Burton had a penalty appeal turned down as Jordan Smith challenged Lloyd Dyer in the air and referee Keith Stroud adjudged that the Forest goalkeeper had got to the ball first.

A minute later and Forest had doubled their advantage and sealed the three points. Lichaj latched on to a ball through from McKay and raced on into the penalty area before he calmly slotted the ball beyond Bywater to put clear daylight between The Reds and their visitors.

There was to be a late chance for Albion as Scannell slalomed through the penalty area and set up Dyer but he could only drill a shot wide of the far post as Forest held on for a vital three points and a clean sheet.

Forest: Smith; Lichaj, Mancienne (c), Fox, Traore (Worrall 23’); Vaughan (Bouchalakis 74’), Bridcutt; McKay, Cummings (Dowell 73’), Osborn; Murphy

Subs not used: Henderson, Brereton, Ward, Darikwa

Goals: McKay 58’, Lichaj 78’

Burton Albion: Bywater, Brayford (Flanagan 14’), Buxton (c), McFadzean, Warnock; Scannell, Murphy, Allen, Turner (Varney 80’), Dyer; Akins (Sordell 46’)

Subs not used: Ripley, Lund, Naylor, Akpan

Bookings: Turner 47’, Murphy 57’

Referee: Keith Stroud 

Attendance: 24,686 (1,139 away)

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Ticket News

Burton Albion tickets still available

19 October 2017

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s home game against Burton Albion are still available.

Nigel Clough brings his side to The City Ground on Saturday 21st October (kick-off 3pm) and tickets for supporters aged 65 and over and 17 and under are available for only £5.

Student tickets are also just £5 and are available to students under the age of 25 in the Brian Clough Stand only. Supporters buying student tickets will need to bring a valid NUS card or university ID card on the day of the game.

Junior football teams can also book group tickets for the match using this booking form.

Tickets are now on general sale to and are priced as follows:

General sale

Adults - £25
Ages 65 and over - £5
Students - £5
Ages 12-17 years - £5
Ages 4-11 years - £5

Family Area

Adults - £20
Ages 65 and over - £5
Ages 12-17 years - £5
Ages 4-11 years - £5

BUY NOW

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

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