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Match preview: Forest vs Blackburn

12 April 2019

Nottingham Forest entertain Blackburn Rovers at The City Ground in their final Saturday home game of the season (kick-off 3pm).

With the season drawing to a close, The Reds hopes of a play-off finish have been dashed in the last week following defeats against Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday, but Martin O'Neill's men will be looking to bounce back against Rovers on Saturday and carry on their fine home form which has seen five wins in the last six outings. 

Tony Mowbray's men have had an up and down season following their promotion from League One last season and the victory over Derby in midweek would have gone a long way to ease any lingering relegation fears.

Team news

Sam Byram could be in line to feature again having come through his first 90 minutes since August in the midweek match against Sheffield Wednesday, while Arvin Appiah will be hoping to keep hold of his starting place following his first league start for The Reds.

Michael Dawson and Tobias Figueiredo are nearing a return for Forest following their injuries.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray says Rovers will have to be at their best if they are to come away with a win at The City Ground this weekend.

He said: "Forest will be hurting from a defeat in their last game and we all know how difficult it is to go to The City Ground. Normally there's 30,000 people there, it's all very red and noisy.

"Knowing Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane, they will have their team really wound up for this, as an opportunity at home.

"I think their home record since Martin has been there has been pretty solid. So it's a tough game for us - one that we know we're going to have to be at our best in order to get a result.

"Two years ago we went there and got a positive result, so we should go there in a positive frame of mind and try to get another positive result."

One to watch - Bradley Dack

Last season's Player of the Year has taken to life well in the Championship, firing in 15 goals in all competitions this season.

Head to head

Forest wins - 34
Blackburn wins - 52
Draws - 32

Last time out - Blackburn 2-2 Forest (Saturday 29th September, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

There is set to be another big crowd at The City Ground for the visit of Rovers. Full details can be found here.

Coverage

iFollow Forest will have the full game live for international subscribers, with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham also available.

There will also be full 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 vs Bristol City
Derby vs Bolton
Ipswich vs Birmingham
Middlesbrough vs Hull
QPR vs Swansea
Reading vs Brentford
Sheffield United vs Millwall
Stoke vs Rotherham
West Brom vs Preston
Leeds vs Sheffield Wednesday (5.30pm)
Wigan vs Norwich (Sunday, 12pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 1-2 Blackburn

13 April 2019

Nottingham Forest were denied the points this afternoon as Blackburn Rovers ran out 2-1 winners at The City Ground.

Goals by Joe Rothwell and Danny Graham in either half had given Rovers a 2-0 lead and, despite Elliott Bennett diverting into his own net following Ryan Yates' header, it was a third consecutive defeat for The Reds.

Martin O'Neill handed a full home debut to Arvin Appiah, with Costel Pantilimon and Pele also returning to the side in two changes to the side which lost at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

It was a fairly quiet opening to the game, with the first opportunity falling the way of Forest on three minutes as Matty Cash whipped in a cross from a free kick with plenty of pace. The loose ball fell to Appiah 12 yards out but the young winger saw his goalbound effort deflect over the bar.

On the half-hour mark things swung the way of the visitors as first, Danny Graham saw his header cleared off the line by Jack Colback and then moments later Rothwell curled in a sublime effort right into the top corner to leave Pantilimon helpless and Rovers one-goal to the good.

There was a good response to going a goal down from The Reds, with Cash dragging a shot wide, Lewis Grabban being denied by a saving tackle and Appiah flashing a shot wide of the far post after keeper David Raya had spilled Cash's cross initially.

Following a positive end to the first half, the second half began in contrasting fashion for Forest as Rovers doubled their advantage on 49 minutes. A low cross into the box wasn't cleared and Graham was on hand to steer the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

There was an immediate response, however, as Ryan Yates hauled Forest back to within one goal. A long throw into the Blackburn box was cleared, with Pele's return delivery nodded home by Yates, via a deflection off Rovers captain Elliott Bennett, as he beat keeper David Raya in the air.

That goal gave The Reds a much-needed lift and five minutes later, they should have been level. Following good link-up play between Appiah and Sam Byram down the right, the latter's delivery into the box found an unmarked Cash at the back post but he could only steer his header over the crossbar.

The visitors could and should have reopened their two-goal lead on 67 minutes as Bradley Dack stole the ball off Jack Robinson before being denied, firstly by a fine save by Costel Pantilimon and then by the crossbar as he attempted to convert the rebound.

The Reds pressed for a leveller, with Daryl Murphy, Joao Carvalho and Ben Osborn introduced from the subs' bench to add some fresh impetus to the attack.

Lolley saw a lobbed effort drift narrowly wide of the target, Murphy's glancing header was cleared and Lolley curled a low free kick wide of the mark as there seemed to be no way through.

Another superb save by Pantilimon denied Rothwell from adding his second and a crucial third for Blackburn as the game headed into injury time

Forest: Pantilimon, Byram, Wague, Robinson, Colback (c), Pele, Yates (Osborn 77'), Cash, Lolley, Appiah (Murphy 65'), Grabban (Carvalho 75')

Unused subs: Steele, Yacob, Benalouane, Ansarifard

Goal: Bennett og 52'

Bookings: Yates 56', Byram 74'

Blackburn: Raya, Bennett (c), Lenihan, Williams, Bell, Travis, Evans (Rodwell 69'), Rothwell, Dack (Brereton 86'), Armstrong, Graham (Nuttall 63')

Unused subs: Leutwiler, Nyambe, Smallwood, Mulgrew

Goals: Rothwell 29', Graham 49'

Bookings: Bennett 68', Evans 68', Williams 82'

Referee: Darren Bond

Attendance: 27,786 (1,100 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Blackburn Rovers (H)

12 April 2019

Ticket details for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers have now been confirmed.

The visit of Tony Mowbray's side could be a vital one as The Reds continue to chase a top-six spot but a tough encounter is in store against a Rovers side who have enjoyed their return to the Sky Bet Championship this season.

Tickets are now on sale to season card holders and home members with adult tickets priced at £28 and Under 12s just £6. Full sales information can be found below:

  Pre-matchday Matchday
Adults £28 £30
Seniors (65+) £22 £24
Youths (18-23) £14 £14
Juniors (12-17) £12 £12
Kids (4-11) £6 £6

Dates of sale

On sale to Date
Season card holders and home members Monday 11th March - 9am
General sale Thursday 14th March - 9am

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

Accessible seating information

Supporters who are registered as having accessible seating requirements with Nottingham Forest can claim a Disabled Companion seat providing that they are entitled to the high rate of Disabled Living Allowance for either care or mobility, the high rate of Attendance Allowance or the Enhanced Rate of Personal Independence Payment.

Matchday hospitality

If you are looking to enjoy a special day at The City Ground, then don't forget that hospitality packages for the game are available.

Prices start from just £50 (+VAT) per person and details can be found by visiting the commercial website or by calling 0115 982 4450 for more details.

Print-at-home

Nottingham Forest now operate a print-at-home service for supporters to utilise when purchasing tickets. Below is a handy video to explain the system.

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