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25 August 2018 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Match preview: Forest vs Birmingham

24 August 2018

Nottingham Forest are back at The City Ground as they welcome Birmingham City for Saturday evening's Sky Bet Championship clash (kick-off 5.30pm).

The Reds ground out a point against Wigan last weekend, with Hillal Soudani's injury-time leveller securing a point and preserving Forest's unbeaten run heading into this weekend's game.

Birmingham have yet to find a win this season, drawing two and losing two of their opening four games, and Aitor Karanka's men will be hoping to add to the misery for Garry Monk's side. 

Team news

Aitor Karanka has confirmed that Adlene Guedioura will miss out for The Reds having picked up a small cheekbone fracture following a clash in last weekend's game against Wigan.

There are plenty of options to replace the Algerian though, with Ben Watson likely to deputise in the starting line-up and Ryan Yates and Liam Bridcutt pushing for a place in the squad.

Jordan Smith is also available again for selection following the completion of his one-match suspension.

From the Forest camp

See what Aitor Karanka and Michael Dawson had to say before the game below:

Blues' view

Birmingham manager Garry Monk feels that the results for his side will come if they keep performing in the manner that they have done.

A goalless draw against Swansea last weekend was followed up with a narrow 1-0 defeat against Bolton in midweek and Monk feels his side should have taken more from those games.

He said: "We spoke about it last season, that we were a team that wasn't creating a lot of chances or putting ourselves in positions to score goals, but we're definitely doing that now.

"Of course, everybody will look at the stats in terms of the goals we've scored so far, but I think it's clear in all the games we should have a lot more goals.

"On Friday against Swansea we dominated for the 90 minutes and created numerous chances and against Bolton we dominated for 70 minutes up to the goal, although we didn't create quite as many.

"But it's up to us to take advantage of the dominance and control that we've been having in the games, especially in the last games and give reward to that effort."

One to watch - Jacques Maghoma

Creative midfielder Jacques Maghoma played a key role for Birmingham last season as they retained their Championship status, and he will be the main man again this term as Garry Monk's side aim for a better season on the pitch.

A player who is able to create chances out of nothing, the DR Congo international is likely to be heavily involved in things going forward for Blues on Saturday.

Head to head

Forest wins - 42
Birmingham wins - 39
Draws - 33

Last time out - Forest 2-1 Birmingham (Saturday 3rd March, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

There are limited tickets available in some areas of The City Ground with another big crowd expected on Trentside.

Full ticket information can be found here.

Coverage

Due to the match being shown live on Sky Sports, there will be no live broadcast of the game on iFollow Forest. However, audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available.

There will also 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 Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Middlesbrough v West Brom (Friday, 7.45pm)
Aston Villa v Reading
Blackburn v Brentford
Bolton v Sheffield United
Derby v Preston
Norwich v Leeds
QPR v Wigan
Sheffield Wednesday v Ipswich
Stoke v Hull
Swansea v Bristol City
Rotherham v Millwall (Sunday, 12.30pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 2-2 Birmingham

25 August 2018

Nottingham Forest’s unbeaten start to their campaign continues after they came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against Birmingham City in a thrilling encounter at The City Ground.

Birmingham had looked set to take all three points after goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Che Adams but Joe Lolley and Daryl Murphy struck late to ensure The Reds took a point from the contest.

The game started out as a rather cagey affair with neither team causing genuine attacking problems in the opening 20 minutes.

Hilall Soudani lined up an effort from about 20 yards out, which sailed high into the Trent End. At the other end, however, Birmingham grew into the game and looked more composed in front of goal.

Gary Gardner, on his return to The City Ground, drilled a low effort yards wide of Costel Pantilimon’s post before Omar Bogle used his quick feet to dart in between Jack Robinson and Tobias Figueiredo and into the Forest box. The Blues striker dragged his effort past the post while still causing Pantilimon to scramble across his goal.

Gardner came close once again for the away side. A free-kick on the edge of The Reds’ box dipped over the wall but whistled just wide.

Birmingham appeared to gain greater confidence in their previous attacking efforts and were rewarded in the 21st minute.

Forest captain Ben Watson’s attempted pass was intercepted by Jacques Maghoma, who drove down the left flank and floated a ball towards Forest’s back post. The cross found an unmarked Lukas Jutkiewicz and his looping header beat Pantilimon, nestling into the far corner of the goal.

The Blues continued to move the ball around quickly, leading to challenges and bookings for Danny Fox and Figueiredo towards the end of the first half.   

While arguably disappointing in the first half, The Reds seemed hungrier at the beginning of the second.

Robinson and Matty Cash both went close for Forest, with the latter linking well with substitution Joao Carvalho, before having his attempt blocked.

Forest’s work was undone less than 20 minutes from time, however, when Che Adams picked up the ball in the penalty area. He turned and fired into the bottom corner of the goal, handing Garry Monk’s men a two-goal lead.

This motivated the hosts immediately to create chances at the right end. Having been on the pitch a matter of seconds, birthday-boy Joe Lolley utilised his first touch to fire a beauty of a strike past Lee Camp and into The Blues’ net.

Lolley turned provider in the 87th minute as Forest levelled the scores. He diverted another speculative effort on target, forcing Camp into parrying the ball into Daryl Murphy’s path and the striker made no mistake in finding an equaliser from close range.

Both teams battled well into additional time in the hope that they could convert a winning opportunity, but it wasn’t to be for either group of players. Forest’s determination warranted a last-gasp reward for the second week in a row.

Forest: Pantilimon, Byram (Lolley 75'), Figueiredo, Fox, Robinson, Watson (c) (Osborn 66'), Colback, Cash, Soudani (Carvalho 56'), Dias, Murphy

Unused subs: Steele, Goncalves, Bridcutt, Hefele

Goals: Lolley 75', Murphy 87'

Bookings: Figueiredo 32', Fox 41', Murphy 45', Colback 84'

Birmingham: Camp, Colin, Morrison (c), Dean, Pedersen, Jota (Mahoney 85'), Gardner, Kieftenbeld, Maghoma (Solomon-Otabor 74'), Bogle (Adams 67'), Jutkiewicz

Unused subs: Trueman, Roberts, Lakin, Harding

Goals: Jutkiewicz 21', Adams 72'

Referee: Tim Robinson

Attendance: 26,799 (1,965 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Birmingham City (H)

21 August 2018

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s home game against Birmingham City are now on general sale.

Garry Monk’s side come to The City Ground on Saturday 25th August (kick-off 5.30pm) and prices for the game are as follows (matchday price in brackets):
 
General sale and Family Stand
 
Adults - £25 (£27)
Seniors - £18 (£20)
18-23-year-olds - £12 (£12)
12-17-year-olds - £10 (£10)
4-11-year-olds - £5 (£5)
 
Tickets are now on general sale and can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, by calling 0115 982 4388 or by visiting tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.
 
With Birmingham expected to sell out their allocation of tickets, supporters will need to have a purchase history recorded on the Forest ticketing system in order to obtain tickets for this fixture.
 
Disabled supporters
 
Supporters who are registered as disabled with Nottingham Forest can claim a carer ticket providing they are on the high rate of DLA for care or mobility or the enhanced rate of PIP.
 
Matchday hospitality
 
If you're looking to enjoy a special day at The City Ground then hospitality packages for the game are available with prices starting from £50 (+VAT) per person. Please visit the commercial website or call 0115 982 4450 for more details.

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