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Match preview: Forest vs Reading

11 August 2018

Nottingham Forest welcome Reading to The City Ground this afternoon for their second home game this week.

The Reds go in search of all three points after an encouraging display against West Brom on Tuesday night, and they will be hoping for similar performance levels again.

A bumper crowd is expected again on Trentside with a fantastic atmosphere created in midweek, and the fans can play their part to help Aitor Karanka's side get their first win of the season.

Team news

Aitor Karanka has a fully-fit squad to choose from and he will have tough decisions to make all over the park with impressive performances in the opening two games of the season.

New signing Michael Hefele could be in line to make his first appearance for the club having signed on Thursday and having taken part in his first training session on Friday.

From the Forest camp

Find out what Aitor Karanka and Joe Lolley have been saying ahead of tomorrow's game below.

From the opposition

Paul Clement is expecting a tough challenge when his Reading side visit The City Ground on Saturday afternoon. 

He said: "They've had draws in each of the first two games – I went to the first one and watched the second. I thought they looked good in their second. It's a home fixture for them and they'll want to get their first victory on the board, but it's important for us to build on the performance that we put in against Derby.

"They have got a nice blend there. They've got some British players, Michael Dawson has gone back there from Hull and Lewis Grabban who we know for his time here on loan. And they've got some foreign players such as the three Portuguese players that they have bought in.

"They are trying to get that mix of experience and players who understand the Championship, as well as players that can make the difference. Forest are a good side – they played well the other night against West Brom."

One to watch - Modou Barrow

Former Forest loanee Modou Barrow has plenty of pace to burn and will be the one to watch for the visitors on Saturday.

The former Swansea, Blackburn and Leeds man scored ten times last season and will be The Royals' main attacking threat.

Head to head

Forest wins - 19
Reading wins - 14
Draws - 10


Tickets for Saturday's game are selling quickly with another big crowd expected at The City Ground.

Make sure you don't miss out by visiting the ticket office in-person, by calling 0115 982 4388 or by visiting

Full ticket information can be found here.


There will be live audio commentary of the game on iFollow Forest, with a live broadcast of the game available to overseas subscribers. 

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

The club are aware of issues affecting the app and are working to resolve them as soon as possible. 

Other fixtures

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

Aston Villa v Wigan
Blackburn v Millwall
Bolton v Bristol City
Middlesbrough v Birmingham
Norwich v West Brom
QPR v Sheffield United
Rotherham v Ipswich
Sheffield Wednesday v Hull
Stoke v Brentford
Swansea v Preston
Derby v Leeds (5.30pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 1-0 Reading

11 August 2018

Hillal Soudani’s first goal for Nottingham Forest ensured that The Reds came out on top with a 1-0 victory over Reading this afternoon.

The Algerian came off the bench to curl a fine effort into the corner of the net on an afternoon when Forest had to battle and grind out the result in front of a packed City Ground to pick up their first three points of the season.

Aitor Karanka named an unchanged starting 11 to the one that performed impressively against West Brom on Tuesday night, with Matty Cash replacing Diogo Goncalves on the substitutes' bench as the only alteration.

The first opening of the game arrived on 13 minutes for the visitors as former Forest loanee Modou Barrow played a neat through ball for Yakou Meite. He controlled inside the area but a challenge from Tendayi Darikwa put him off and Costel Pantilimon was able to stop the Reading man's effort with his legs and clear from danger.

Reading were doing a good job of pressing Forest on the ball, forcing errors as The Reds looked to impose their game on The Royals. But as the half wore on, Forest had some joy as they mounted pressure on Vito Mannone's goal without creating anything clear cut.

On 36 minutes, Lewis Grabban showed great strength to outmuscle Tiago Ilori after Ben Osborn's chipped pass, but Mannone was out quickly to smother the ball at the striker's feet before he could get any shot of note away.

On the stroke of half-time, a superb Osborn pass again found the run of Gil Dias, who charged inside from the right flank. The Portuguese did well to control on his chest on the edge of the box but he couldn't connect with his acrobatic effort and Reading were able to clear.

The Reds weren't quite at it in the first half, but they came out after the break on the front foot, with Adlene Guedioura curling an effort wide of the target via a deflection and Tobias Figueiredo heading over the bar from the resulting corner.

A deep free kick into the Forest area on 49 saw Meite get a header on goal but it drifted wide of the target and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson got the wrong side of Figueiredo to shoot wide of the near post a few minutes later as The Royals showed their attacking threat.

Karanka brought on Hillal Soudani and Matty Cash to try and add some fresh impetus into the Forest attack and it nearly paid dividends just before the hour. Soudani was involved in the build-up play which led to Osborn's cross from the left. Cash arrived to volley at goal from the penalty spot but he couldn't keep his left-footed effort down and under the crossbar.

And it was the Algerian international who broke the deadlock on 68 minutes with a fine curling finish. Cash kept the ball alive at the back post and Soudani latched onto the loose ball to bend an effort around Mannone and into the far corner for his first goal in English football.

After taking the lead, The Reds had to be alert as strong defending by firstly Danny Fox and then Figueiredo ensured that Bodvarsson couldn't get a shot away on 73, but the Icelandic front man manager to get a header on target on 77 which Pantilimon had to be alert to.

The Reds were resolute in defence to keep Reading at arm's length and also look threatening on the counter attack. Cash did superbly well to harry his man and win the ball back high up the pitch on 88 minutes. His first effort was saved then his volley into the ground looped up and over Mannone but onto the roof of the net.

Forest had to dig in and grind out the victory and they did just that, much to the delight of a packed City Ground as Karanka's men earned their first victory of the season.s

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Figueiredo, Fox (c), Osborn, Colback, Guedioura, Dias (Cash 56'), Carvalho (Soudani 56'), Lolley (Robinson 78'), Grabban

Unused subs: Smith, Watson, Murphy, Dawson

Goal: Soudani 68'

Reading: Mannone, Yiadom, McShane (c), Ilori, Blackett (Richards 82'), Meite, Meyler (Bacuna 71'), Kelly, Barrow, Baldock (McNulty 59'), Bodvarsson

Unused subs: Walker, O'Shea, Swift, Clement

Booking: Barrow 81'

Referee: Stephen Martin

Attendance: 27,948 (826 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Reading (H)

8 August 2018

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s home game against Reading are still available.

Paul Clement’s side come to The City Ground on Saturday 11th August (kick-off 3pm) 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
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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