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Match preview: Forest vs Middlesbrough

21 April 2019

Nottingham Forest welcome Middlesbrough to The City Ground in the second match of the Easter weekend tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds will be looking to pick up their form following four straight defeats, while Middlesbrough arrive on Trentside in resurgent mood having climbed back into the top six with three straight wins of their own.

Team news

The Reds will be without Jack Colback for the rest of the season after the midfielder picked up his 15th booking of the season, ruling him out for the final three games. Yohan Benalouane is also suspended following his red card at Bramall Lane on Friday and Martin O'Neill has hinted that he will make further changes.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Boro boss Tony Pulis was pleased as his side came out with all three points against Stoke City on Good Friday.

"We've played a lot better in the games we haven't picked up any points in than we did today, but what we did today, with the group of players we've got left, we really worked hard and they really ground it out and I'm very pleased for them," he said after the game.

"But they (Stoke City) had one shot on target and I'm really pleased with the group.

"When you ask players to play out of position and do what they did today and keep at it was fabulous."

One to watch - Britt Assombalonga

Good Friday's match winner and Boro's top scorer this season, Britt Assombalonga needs little introduction to Forest fans as he returns to his former club.

Head to head

Forest wins - 28
Middlesbrough wins - 24
Draws - 32

Last time out - Middlesbrough 0-2 Forest (Saturday 6th October, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

Tickets are still available for Monday's clash at The City Ground. Full details can be found here.

Coverage

The game is available to watch live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available.

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

Other fixtures

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

Aston Villa vs Millwall (1pm)
Blackburn vs Bolton
Derby vs QPR
Hull vs Sheffield United
Ipswich vs Swansea
Reading vs West Brom
Rotherham vs Birmingham
Sheffield Wednesday vs Bristol City
Stoke vs Norwich
Wigan vs Preston
Brentford vs Leeds

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Match Reports

Forest 3-0 Middlesbrough

22 April 2019

Nottingham Forest produced a superb performance to blow away Middlesbrough and secure a comfortable 3-0 victory at The City Ground.

On top from the first minute, The Reds were in fine form as they took apart Boro and fully deserved all three points in the sunshine.

Joe Lolley scored twice, once from the penalty spot, with Alex Milosevic striking his first goal in the Garibaldi inbetween for a fine result.

Martin O'Neill reverted to a back three, with Milosevic, Jack Robinson, Ben Osborn, Joao Carvalho and Karim Ansarifard all coming into the side.

It was a bright start to the game by The Reds, with Osborn and Matty Cash – playing as attacking wing backs – both getting forward with eagerness in the early stages. Osborn nearly reached Cash's deep cross inside the opening 10 minutes, with Cash also driving low at goal but straight at Boro keeper Darren Randolph.

The first real goalmouth chance came on 36 minutes as Ansarifard shot at goal following a fine run by Carvalho – who was outstanding all afternoon – only to see his effort deflect agonisingly wide of the far post.

Ansarifard was again involved on 38 minutes as The Reds won a penalty. Osborn broke clear down the left and fed the ball through for the Iranian striker who was then taken out by Ryan Shotton as he looked to pull the trigger. Penalty awarded to Forest and up stepped Joe Lolley to smash high into the roof of the net to give The Reds a deserved lead.

The visitors made a double change at the interval, with Jordan Hugill and Marcus Tavernier coming on to try and swing the game in their favour, but it was Forest who carried on where they left off as they started positively.

Some neat passing play found Carvalho in plenty of space on the left wing, with the Portuguese midfielder playing a sublime pass with the outside of his right boot into the path of Ansarifard who was denied from six yards by an instinctive stop by Randolph.

Forest were in confident mood and deservedly added a second goal as Alex Milosevic struck his first goal for the club. Matty Cash clipped a cross to the back post where the Swedish defender was lurking to lash home on the half-volley to give The Reds a two-goal cushion.

It could have been a third for Forest were they not denied by Randolph's brilliance again on 69 minutes. Pele and sub Lewis Grabban – on for Ansarifard – led a charge towards goal, exchanging passes before Grabban fired towards the top corner only for the Irish keeper to parry the ball away brilliantly.

Middlesbrough were unable to contend with Forest's attacking threat, with Joao Carvalho in scintillating form and pulling all of the strings. He came so close to adding an outstanding goal to reward him for his performance on 79 minutes as he curled an effort from the corner of the penalty area over Randolph and against the inside of the post with the keeper well beaten.

With five minutes of time left, more brilliance from Carvalho added the icing on the cake as Lolley scored his second of the game. Carvalho skipped past two challenges on the left touchline before driving at goal, squaring across the area for Lolley to arrive onto and convert with a low finish to cap off a brilliant all-round performance from The Reds.

Forest: Pantilimon, Wague, Milosevic, Robinson (c), Cash, Pele, Yates, Osborn, Carvalho (Guedioura 88'), Lolley, Ansarifard (Grabban 62')

Unused subs: Steele, Murphy, Janko, Yacob, Appiah

Goals: Lolley pen 39', 85', Milosevic 65'

Booking: Cash 45'

Middlesbrough: Randolph, McNair, Flint, Shotton, Howson, Mikel (c), Clayton, Saville (Downing 66'), Besic (Tavernier 46'), Fletcher (Hugill 46'), Assombalonga

Unused subs: Konstantopoulos, Wood, Gestede, Spence

Booking: Shotton 38'

Referee: Peter Bankes

Attendance: 27,653 (1,449 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Middlesbrough (H)

25 March 2019

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

Both sides go into this fixture on Monday 22nd April (kick-off 3pm) knowing that it could be make-or-break for their play-off aspirations so an end-to-end affair is likely to be played out in front of a packed City Ground.

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 25th March - 9am
General sale Thursday 28th 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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