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23 September 2017 Venue Villa Park Attendance

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Preview: Aston Villa (A)

22 September 2017

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Nottingham Forest travel to Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship looking to get back on track after two successive defeats.

Mark Warburton's side lost out to Wolves at The City Ground last weekend before the defeat to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, and The Reds will be keen to secure three points on the road for the third time this season.

Aston Villa come into the game on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup, but have yet to concede a goal in the league in September after defeating Barnsley 3-0 and goalless stalemates against Brentford and Boro.

See what boss Mark Warburton had to say about the game here.

Team news

Stephen Henderson made his long-awaited return to the side following injury on Wednesday night so a decision will have to be made on whether to stick with the Irishman or recall Jordan Smith.

After making eight changes for the game at Stamford Bridge, Warburton is expected to make changes again at Villa Park.

Danny Fox is a doubt after picking up an injury on Wednesday but David Vaughan, Matty Cash, Jamie Ward and Chris Cohen remain sidelined.

From the opposition

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce said that the win against Barnsley has helped to build confidence in his squad ahead of Saturday evening's game.

He said: "A win breeds confidence. A good result always put everybody in a good frame of mind.

"We've kept three clean sheets, and adding to that, Jonathan Kodjia is back. We got a break last week and we needed it.

"There's an important week coming up before the international break. We let the eleven players focus on the week ahead and they are all fresh and fit.

"We will go as we did against Barnsley. Forest are a good side and this will be a tough game."

He added: "I have always liked two up top, but we haven't always been able to play that way. I had to stop the trend of getting beat and I had to set my team up to do that. 

"Now we have a squad capable of having two up front and can play a bit more expansive with Kodjia up front and go into games looking to win them rather than staying in the games and the division. Hopefully now we can mount a challenge."

One to watch - Jonathan Kodjia

After missing large parts of the early season through injury, Jonathan Kodjia has returned to full fitness and will be hoping to lead the Villa forward line on Saturday.

The Ivorian moved to Villa Park at the start of last season in a big-money switch from Bristol City and scored 22 times in a difficult season for The Villans. 

Now he is back to full fitness, Steve Bruce will be hoping that his main man can find the scoring touch to help Villa climb up the Championship table.

Last visit


Tickets will be available from the Nottingham Forest ticket office until 1pm on Saturday. No tickets will be available to purchase on the day from Villa Park but supporters can collect pre-paid tickets from the ticket office next to the visitors' turnstiles.

Full ticket details can be found here.


The match is being shown live on Sky Sports so there will be no live broadcast for international subscribers on iFollow Forest. However, audio commentary will be available.

There will also be coverage in the Match Centre as well as via the club's official social media channels.

Other fixtures

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

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

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Match Reports

Aston Villa 2-1 Forest

23 September 2017

Daryl Murphy’s goal wasn’t enough as Nottingham Forest lost out 2-1 to Aston Villa at Villa Park.

The Reds fell behind in the first half to Albert Adomah's goal but showed character to get themselves back into the game through Murphy's composed finish just after the restart.

But Conor Hourihane's free kick on the hour mark proved decisive as Forest left the West Midlands without any points.

Mark Warburton made eight changes from the side that was defeated by Chelsea in midweek in the Carabao Cup third round. Kieran Dowell, Andreas Bouchalakis and Joe Worrall retained their place in the starting line-up with defender Matt Mills coming back into the side as captain.

Forest dominated the opening quarter-of-an-hour before falling behind to Adomah's goal on 15 minutes. The Reds had enjoyed the majority of the ball from the start but that changed when Jonathan Kodjia's defence-splitting pass played in the Ghanaian. He rounded the onrushing Jordan Smith and rolled the ball into an empty net to put the home side in front.

Despite going behind, the visitors continued to dominate possession without creating any clear-cut chances. Villa on the other hand were seeing little of the ball but still posing a threat when they did. Conor Hourihane tried his luck on 38 minutes with a shot from outside the area but Smith got down well to keep it at bay.

The second half began in similar fashion with The Reds controlling the ball. However, this time they made it count through Murphy on 53. The Irish international powered his way through the Villa back line and calmly slotted the ball past Sam Johnstone to draw level early in the second half.

The visitors had the momentum and nearly went ahead minutes later as first Dowell saw his close range effort rebound off the post and then Murphy again went close with a header which was gathered by Johnstone.

The home side hadn't seen much of the ball in the second half but took the first opportunity that came to them. Hourihane's free kick from outside the area bent around the wall towards the bottom corner and beat Smith, who got a hand to it, to restore Villa's lead.

It was a blow for Forest who had been largely dominant since the restart. In response, Mark Warburton made a couple of changes, bringing on Mustapha Carayol and Ben Osborn as they went in search of a second equaliser.

Dowell and Carayol were causing the home side problems, both getting in behind the Villa defence, however on both occasions they lacked composure when it mattered.

Time was running out for The Reds and when Dowell saw his free kick clawed away by Johnstone with five minutes to go, all three points looked to be heading to the home side.

Despite a much improved second half in which The Reds controlled long periods of play, they were unable to come from behind again as Villa ran out 2-1 winners.

Forest: Smith, Darikwa, Mills (c), Worrall, Traore, Bridcutt, Bouchalakis (Osborn 66'), Brereton (Clough 74'), Dowell, McKay (Carayol 62'), Murphy

Unused subs: Henderson, Lichaj, Mancienne, Cummings

Goal: Murphy 53'

Bookings: Bridcutt 42', Brereton 59', Mills 89'

Aston Villa: Johnstone, Elmohamady, Chester, Terry (c), Taylor, Snodgrass (Hutton 87'), Whelan, Hourihane, Adomah, Davis (Onomah 72'), Kodjia (Hogan 79')

Unused subs: Steer, Samba, Bjarnason, O'Hare

Goals: Adomah 15', Hourihane 60'

Booking: Taylor 90'

Referee: Tim Robinson

Attendance: 28,554

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