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Preview: Wolves (H)

15 September 2017

Nottingham Forest return to The City Ground when they welcome Wolves in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow.

The Reds picked up a brilliant 1-0 win at Sunderland on Tuesday night, bouncing back from successive defeats and Mark Warburton's men will be keen to carry that on tomorrow afternoon.

A win will take them above Nuno Espirito Santo's side who have also had a positive start to their campaign.

Wolves sit in fourth spot ahead of this weekend's fixtures and have lived up to their billing so far as one of the front runners for promotion.

Team news

The match has come too soon for David Vaughan who continues on the comeback trail, while Jamie Ward and Matty Cash are also making strides in their recovery from injury.

Warburton could be tempted into making changes to the side with a gruelling schedule, and the likes of Barrie McKay, Zach Clough and Jason Cummings all impressing off the bench on Tuesday night.

See what Mark Warburton had to say ahead of the game here, with the thoughts of Kieran Dowell here.

From the opposition

Wolves defender Roderick Miranda says his side must defend better if they are to get a result against Forest tomorrow.

"Against Bristol City we didn't have the luck of the game," he told the Wolves official website. "We tried to score all game, and we did that, but we also suffered three goals.

"We have to work harder on our set pieces to try and improve that. We need to keep improving and, in the next game, perform the same going forward and defensively do better – not concede the scrappy goals that we did on Tuesday.

"On Saturday our focus will be that. We will try to win, try to not suffer any goals and try to score as many as possible. That's our goal."

He added: "Forest are a great team and it's one more game where we have to be at our best to compete. We have to try and play our game, try to impose our football, just like we do in every game.

"We will do our best, try to win and hopefully can give our fans the joy of three
points."

One to watch - Diogo Jota

The in-form Portuguese attacker will be looking to carry on his recent goalscoring exploits at The City Ground on Saturday.

The 20-year-old struck the winning goal in the 1-0 win against Millwall last weekend and also found the target in Tuesday night's 3-3 draw with Bristol City and is one to watch out for tomorrow.

The forward, on loan from Atletico Madrid, started his career at Pacos Ferreira before moving to Spain and spent last season on loan at Portuguese giants Porto, and he has hit the ground running so far with three goals in seven league appearances.

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Tickets

Tickets for tomorrow's game are still available, with this being the first fixture as part of the Super September ticket offer. 

For full details, click here.

Coverage

Tomorrow's game will be streamed live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available.

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

Other fixtures

All fixtures to take place at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

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

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Match Reports

Forest 1-2 Wolves

16 September 2017

A brace from striker Diogo Jota was enough to send the visitors back to the Black Country with all three points as Forest were beaten 2-1 by Wolves.

Mustapha Carayol’s thumping strike from 30 yards out brought Mark Warburton’s side back into the contest after falling behind to Jota’s opener in the early stages of the second half. But Jota, on loan from Atletico Madrid, had the final say when he slotted home past Smith to win the game.

Mark Warburton made one change to the side that beat Sunderland on Tuesday night with Barrie McKay coming into the side to replace Andreas Bouchalakis.

The first chance fell Forest’s way early on when Murphy made a good run inside the box before turning smartly and shooting straight at John Ruddy.

A minute later Wolves had their first chance when Cavaleiro found space on the edge of the box but his shot was comfortably held by Smith.

Wolves then created another chance with some neat play sending Jota away who fired straight at Smith.

The lively looking Jota then had another opportunity to put his side in front when Caveleiro pulled it back to him on the edge of the box before firing over.

Forest carved out another chance on 23 minutes when Brereton beat his man on the right side before shifting the ball to Dowell who fizzed an effort at towards goal.

The visitors then had a chance of their own when they quickly hit Forest on the counter but Cavaleiro failed to convert the move after some more good work from Jota.

Dowell was trying to make things happen for The Reds and he came close to opening the score again when some quick feet created a shooting chance but his effort was well held by Ruddy.

On 38 minutes, Vinagre charged down the left side and fired in a cross which Forest failed to deal with. The ball eventually fell to Bonatini whose shot deflected over for a corner.

Just before half time The Reds did well to deny Jota as he got in behind the Forest defence once again with Worrall fantastically cutting out the cross.

Then two minutes into the second half Wolves opened the scoring when Caveleiro beat his man and whipped in a cross that found Jota at the back post who stabbed it past Smith.

As Forest looked for a way back into the game, Brereton had a shout for a penalty when he came tumbling down inside the box but referee Geoff Eltringham was not interested.

On 55 minutes Wolves picked up the first yellow card of the match when Cavaleiro pulled down Traore as the left back stormed forward.

Murphy continued to lead the line well and he did well to tee up Bridcutt for the shot whose powerful effort went straight into the hands of Ruddy.

The first substitutions of the match were made on 61 minutes as Muzzy Carayol came on to replace Kieran Dowell while Wolves brought on Ben Marshall to replace the industrious Ivan Cavaleiro.

Moments later the visitors were forced to make another substitution when Ruben Vinagre went off injured to be replaced by Sylvain Deslandes.

The City Ground were greeted to some end to end stuff on 66 minutes with Forest having a good chance from a free kick on the right side. But The Reds couldn’t execute the routine and were nearly punished when Jota ran the length of the pitch to set up Marshall who prodded the ball at Smith who held well.

Mark Warburton made his second change on 70 minutes with Jason Cummings coming onto the field to replace Barrie McKay.

As the game began to quieten, substitute Muzzy Carayol stunned The City Ground faithful when he grabbed the equaliser for Forest out of nowhere with a thumping hit from 30 yards to even the scores.

Wolves almost responded immediately through Marshall who was quickly halted by the defensive partnership of Matt Mills and Joe Worrall.

The visitors then had the final say when Jota grabbed his second goal of the game after running through on goal before calmly slotting home past Smith. Forest defender Matt Mills was shown a yellow card for his foul in the build up to the goal.

Right back Tendayi Darikwa was unlucky not to grab an equaliser on 86 minutes when he thumped a volley towards goal which was well saved by John Ruddy.

Finally, Ben Marshall had a wonderful opportunity to seal all three points in added time as Jota found the byline and pulled it back to Marshall whose shot deflected wide. 

Forest: Smith, Darikwa, Mills (c), Worrall, Traore, Bridcutt, Osborn, Brereton (Walker 86'), Dowell (Carayol 62'), McKay (Cummings 71'), Murphy

Subs not used: Henderson, Lichaj, Fox, Bouchalakis

Goal: Carayol 75'

Bookings: Mills 82', Bridcutt 90'

Wolves: Ruddy, Doherty, Batth (c), Cavaleiro (Marshall 62'), Neves, Coady, Jota, Miranda, Saiss, Vinagre (Deslandes 64'), Bonatini (N'Diaye 83')

Subs not used: Norris, Price, Ronan, Enobakhare

Goals: Jota 47', 81'

Bookings: Cavaleiro 56', Marshall 90'

Attendance: 25,756 (1,998 away)

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

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Ticket News

Wolves tickets available for £20

15 September 2017

Nottingham Forest are back in action on Saturday as Wolverhampton Wanderers make the journey to The City Ground and tickets are still available.

Mark Warburton's men go into the game on the back of an excellent win at Sunderland and it is set to be an entertaining encounter on Trentside this weekend.

Tickets are available for just £20 for adults and a full list of prices is as follows (matchday price in brackets):

General sale

Adults - £20 (£22)
Seniors - £14 (£16)
Under 18s - £12 (£12)
Under 12s - £6 (£6)

Family Area

Adults - £15 (£17)
Seniors - £10 (£12)
Under 18s - £10 (£10)
Under 12s - £5 (£5)

To book your seats for the game, please visit tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk, call the ticket office on 0115 982 4388 or visit in-person.

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