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19 April 2019 Venue Bramall Lane Attendance

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Match preview: Sheffield United vs Forest

18 April 2019

Nottingham Forest face a trip to promotion-chasing Sheffield United on Good Friday to kick-off the Easter weekend of Sky Bet Championship football (kick-off 12.30pm).

The Blades have been in and out of the top two all season as they battle with Leeds for the automatic promotion spot and will provide The Reds with a tough test. 

Forest head to Bramall Lane looking to complete a league double over Chris Wilder's side following the 1-0 win at The City Ground earlier in the season.

Team news

Joao Carvalho will be missing for Forest having suffered a concussion against Blackburn on the weekend and will be absent because of concussion regulations. He is set to return on Easter Monday, however. 

Michael Dawson and Tobias Figueiredo have stepped up their recovery, with the latter more likely to make a return before the end of the season. Hillal Soudani has also started training on the grass again but will not be available before pre-season.

Tendayi Darikwa returns following his hamstring injury and will compete with Sam Byram and Saidy Janko for the right-back slot. 

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Sheffield United are set to be without three key players for Friday's game, with former Red Billy Sharp and Chris Basham sidelined through injury and John Egan suspended.

Manager Chris Wilder said: "Billy is out for the weekend and so is Bash, so that's disappointing for myself and the football club.

"I've been consistent with my approach throughout the season, people have injuries and suspensions and we have to get over it, we've got good enough to come in and replace them.

"We will continue to monitor and assess, short-term they are out, but we will see how they go from Monday onwards, with a view to Ipswich."

Wilder added: "The players were as disappointed as any supporter last Saturday [1-1 draw against Millwall], they care as much as anyone, including me.

"There is a lot of the line for them, individually and collectively, those boys care and they want to win.

"We've not been given anything, we've had to earn everything to get to this position and everything we've achieved has been earnt by having a go and coming roaring back to disappointments."

One to watch - Oliver Norwood

A consistent figure in The Blades' midfield this season, Oliver Norwood is set to be at the heart of things once again this weekend. 

Head to head

Forest wins - 45
Sheffield United wins - 43
Draws - 31

Last time out - Forest 1-0 Sheffield United (Saturday 3rd November, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

Tickets for Nottingham Forest supporters have sold out, with no further tickets being made available. 

Click here for a visitors' guide to Bramall Lane, provided by Sheffield United.

Coverage

As the game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, international subscribers of iFollow Forest will not be able to watch the game live. Audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available, however.

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

Other fixtures

To be played at 3pm on Friday unless otherwise stated:

Bristol City vs Reading (12pm)
Millwall vs Brentford (1pm)
Birmingham vs Derby
Bolton vs Aston Villa
Leeds vs Wigan
Middlesbrough vs Stoke
Preston vs Ipswich
QPR vs Blackburn
Swansea vs Rotherham
West Brom vs Hull
Norwich vs Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm)

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Match Reports

Sheffield United 2-0 Forest

19 April 2019

Ten-man Nottingham Forest suffered more away-day misery as they were beaten 2-0 by Sheffield United this afternoon.

After a goalless first half, Yohan Benalouane's red card two minutes after the break changed the complexion of the contest and the home side sealed victory with goals from Mark Duffy and Enda Stevens.

Yohan Benalouane, Claudio Yacob and Daryl Murphy came into the starting 11 for the early kick-off at Bramall Lane and The Reds began well against their promotion-chasing hosts.

After withstanding the early pressure from the hosts, Forest began to find their way into the match. Yacob tried his luck on 15 minutes after a Matty Cash long throw fell to the Argentinean but his effort cleared the crossbar.

After a fairly even opening half-hour, Sheffield United created the best chance of the match so far. Former Red David McGoldrick rose above Yacob at the back post only to see his header flash across the visitors' goal.

Minutes later Forest hit back with a good chance of their own. Yacob broke from midfield to play in Murphy on the left but the Irishman’s effort whistled past the far post and the scores remained level.

Despite a flurry of crosses and a long-range effort from Blades skipper Ollie Norwood, neither side were able to break the deadlock before the half-time whistle.

The visitors got off to the worst possible start after the break as they found themselves reduced to ten men. Benalouane was adjudged to have brought down McGoldrick as he went through on goal and the Tunisian defender was shown a straight red card.

It got worse for The Reds three minutes later when they went behind thanks to a superb finish from Duffy. The midfielder found room inside the area and curled a right-footed effort into the top corner to give the home side the lead.

Forest were now facing relentless pressure from the hosts and manager Martin O’Neill turned to Lewis Grabban and Alex Milosevic from the bench to try and help ease their troubles as Murphy and Pele made way respectively. 

The visitors made their final change with 15 minutes left on the clock as academy graduate Arvin Appiah replaced Yacob as The Reds went in search of an equaliser.

It was not to be for the visitors though as Chris Wilder's men added a second with five minutes left to secure all three points. McGoldrick was central to the attack as he slipped in Enda Stevens and the defender slotted the ball past Pantilimon across the face of goal and into the corner of the net.

Forest: Pantilimon; Byram, Wague, Benalouane, Colback (c); Yates, Pele (Milosevic 50'), Yacob (Appiah 75'); Lolley, Murphy (Grabban 59'), Cash

Subs not used: Steele, Watson, Osborn, Ansarifard

Bookings: Colback 18', Byram 43'

Sent off: Benalouane 47'

Sheffield United: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, Fleck, O'Connell, Madine (Hogan 66'), Norwood (c), McGoldrick, Stearman, Duffy (Dowell 86'), Cranie (Lundstram 78')

Subs not used: Moore, Coutts, Freeman, Washington

Goals: Duffy 51', Stevens 85'

Bookings: Cranie 45', Baldock 77', Norwood 86'

Referee: Andrew Madley

Attendance: 28,403 (2,217 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Sheffield United (A)

15 April 2019

A small number of tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Sheffield United are now available to purchase.

Forest have received a full allocation of 2,253 tickets for the trip to Bramall Lane on Good Friday (19th April, kick-off 12.30pm) located behind the goal in the Bramall Lane End.

Tickets are on general sale and are priced as follows:

Adults - £33

Adults with accessibility needs - £27

Over 60s - £27

18-21s - £22

Students in full-time education (NUS card required) - £10

Under 18s - £17

Tickets are now available to purchase via tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk, by visiting the ticket office in-person or by calling 0115 982 4388.

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 10am and is priced at £16. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

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