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29 August 2018 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Match preview: Forest vs Newcastle

28 August 2018

Nottingham Forest welcome Premier League side Newcastle United to The City Ground on Wednesday night in the second round of the Carabao Cup (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds overcame Bury in the first round after a penalty shoot-out and their reward is a clash with Rafa Benitez's outfit on Trentside.

The two sides met at this stage of the competition last season, with Forest coming out on top at St James' Park, and Aitor Karanka will be hoping for a similar outcome to progress into the third round.

Team news

Aitor Karanka has confirmed that Lewis Grabban and Michael Dawson are both doubts after the pair missed Saturday's draw with Birmingham with knocks.

Hillal Soudani is also doubtful, while Jack Colback is ineligible to face his parent club.

From the Forest camp

See below for the thoughts of Aitor Karanka ahead of the game.

Newcastle view

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is expecting a tough game when his side visit The City Ground tomorrow night.

Benitez knows that his side will have to be prepared for the challenge as they could face a potential upset in the competition.

He said: "I think we have experienced in the League Cup, and the FA Cup, that any team is very dangerous. Normally you approach the game changing players, because you have to give chances to other players and use your squad.

"To have a cup run is always good for the spirit. But at the end, you know it is very difficult. You have to find the balance. At Valencia, you could change seven players and still win. Now, to change seven players and keep winning, only the top sides can do that.

"Nottingham Forest have a good team. I know Aitor Karanka, and he is a good manager. It is a massive club. It is an important game, and hopefully we can do well. If we can win with the players we put on the pitch, I will be happy with that."

One to watch - Christian Atsu

With Rafa Benitez expected to make changes to his side for the clash, Christian Atsu is likely to get a chance to impress for The Magpies.

The explosive winger made a big impression during a loan spell in 2016-17 as Newcastle returned to the Premier League, and also shone last season as that move was made permanent from Chelsea.

The Ghanaian has found himself on the fringes so far this season but will be keen to make an impression should he get a chance in the side.

Head to head

Forest wins - 34
Newcastle wins - 49
Draws - 27

Last meeting - Newcastle 2-3 Forest (AET) (Wednesday 23rd August 2017 - Carabao Cup second round)


Tickets are still available for the game, with fantastic prices in all areas of the stadium. Season card holders can purchase tickets for jut £10, non-season card holders are able to gain access for £15 and it is also Kids for a Quid.

Full ticket information can be found here.

Hospitality packages are also available - click here for full details.


The game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, therefore 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 via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All ties to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless otherwise stated:

Northern section

Blackburn v Lincoln City
Burton v Aston Villa
Doncaster v Blackpool
Everton v Rotherham (Wednesday, 7.45pm)
Hull v Derby
Leeds v Preston
Leicester v Fleetwood
Middlesbrough v Rochdale
Sheffield Wednesday v Wolves
Stoke v Huddersfield (8pm)
Walsall v Macclesfield
West Brom v Mansfield (8pm)

Southern section

AFC Wimbledon v West Ham
Bournemouth v MK Dons
Brentford v Cheltenham
Brighton v Southampton
Cardiff v Norwich
Fulham v Exeter
Millwall v Plymouth (Wednesday, 7.45pm)
Newport v Oxford
QPR v Bristol Rovers
Reading v Watford (Wednesday, 8pm)
Swansea v Crystal Palace (7.30pm)
Wycombe v Forest Green

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Match Reports

Forest 3-1 Newcastle

29 August 2018

A dramatic finish at The City Ground saw Nottingham Forest book their place in the third round of the Carabao Cup with a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United.

Injury-time goals from Matty Cash and Gil Dias capped a frantic final few minutes as a fantastic display from The Reds saw them overcome the Premier League side.

Daryl Murphy put Forest in front inside two minutes and The Reds held firm until the second minute of injury time when Solomon Rondon fired The Magpies level, but the last-gasp strikes sent Aitor Karanka's men through.

Forest made the perfect start as Murphy broke the deadlock in the second minute against his former club. Sam Byram did brilliantly down the right-hand side, beating two players with a nutmeg before delivering a perfect cross onto the head of the Irish forward who nodded home from close range.

The Reds looked comfortable on the ball and a threat going forward as minutes later Byram delivered another dangerous right-wing cross which was headed clear, and Joe Lolley looked a constant threat as he jinked into the area on a couple of occasions before being crowded out by the Newcastle defence.

Murphy had another effort blocked in the area on 28 but The Reds had to be on guard at the back as The Magpies offered a big threat going forward. That threat almost brought them level on 36 as Joselu met a corner from the right at the near post but could only flick a header across the face of goal and wide of the target.

Lolley, Joao Carvalho and Gil Dias were at the centre of things going forward for The Reds, causing problems to the Newcastle back line and deservedly went in 1-0 up at the break.

It was almost two five minutes into the second half as Dias hit a rasping effort which was too hot for former Red Karl Darlow to hold in the Newcastle goal. He could only parry it and Murphy latched onto the loose ball but saw his goal-bound effort superbly blocked by Federico Fernandez.

From the resulting corner, an outswinging delivery by Lolley was met by the run of Michael Hefele but he could only head just wide while under pressure as The Reds went in search of the crucial second goal.

A moment of magic from Carvalho almost found it on 62 as he got on the end of a free-flowing move from The Reds and chipped a nonchalant effort over Darlow and onto the crossbar with the keeper beaten.

Forest were defending superbly to keep the Premier League side at bay, with Hefele and Danny Fox imperious at the back and The Reds also continued to offer a great threat going forward.

Gil Dias showed some footwork to wriggle free of a challenge in the centre circle and drive towards goal on 74 but his shot drifted over the bar and on 78 he came even closer, firing agonisingly wide after some good work by Murphy to set him up.

Into injury time the game went and claims for offside fell on deaf ears as substitute Rondon picked the ball up on the right of the penalty area and drilled an effort across goal and in off the inside of the post to draw the game level.

But there was still time on the clock for The Reds to snatch the victory as excellent work by Dias kept the ball in play and his low cross was met by sub Matty Cash who lashed the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Forest's performance was deserving of passage through to the next round and it was sealed when Dias stole the ball off a Newcaslte defender to run through on goal and dink an effort over the on-rushing Darlow and book their place in Thursday's third-round draw.

Forest: Steele, Byram (Darikwa 39'), Hefele, Fox, Robinson, Watson (c), Bridcutt, Dias, Carvalho (Cash 82'), Lolley (Osborn 58'), Murphy

Unused subs: Pantilimon, Figueiredo, Goncalves, Appiah

Goals: Murphy 2', Cash 90', Dias 90'

Bookings: Dias 68', Hefele 76', Robinson 83'

Newcastle: Darlow, Sterry, Schar, Fernandez (Perez 69'), Clark (c), Atsu, Ki, Longstaff, Kenedy, Muto (Murphy 76'), Joselu (Rondon 82')

Unused subs: Elliot, Dummett, Diame, Yedlin

Goal: Rondon 90'

Bookings: Joselu 76', Longstaff 80', Perez 90'

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Attendance: 13,942 (2,617 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Newcastle United (H)

27 August 2018

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s Carabao Cup second-round tie against Newcastle United are still available.

The Magpies come to The City Ground on Wednesday 29th August (kick-off 7.45pm) and supporters can still secure their seats for the clash.

Supporters should be aware that all of the stadium is open for this fixture except from the lower tier of the Bridgford Stand which has been allocated to visiting supporters.

The easiest way to purchase tickets is online at but these are also available over the phone by calling 0115 982 4388 and in-person at the ticket office.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Season card holders (one discounted ticket per season card holder) 

Adults - £10

Over 65s - £5

12-17-year-olds - £5

4-11-year-olds - £1

Non season card holders

Adults - £15

Over 65s - £10

12-17-year-olds - £10

4-11-year-olds - £1

The club advises all supporters to make their purchase online where possible as heavy queues are anticipated over the phone and in-person.

To purchase multiple season card seats, please make sure the supporter is registered on your friends and family list.

Hospitality for this fixture is available now, with all of the hospitality areas open, and prices start from £30 (+VAT) for seasonal members and season card holders and £40 (+VAT) for general sales.

For more information or to book, contact the commercial team on 0115 982 4450 or email

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