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07 August 2018 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Match preview: Forest vs West Brom

7 August 2018

Nottingham Forest return to The City Ground tonight as their home Sky Bet Championship campaign gets underway against West Brom.

The Reds got their season up and running on Saturday with a point following the 1-1 draw at Bristol City, and Aitor Karanka's men will be keen to build on the positive second-half performance at Ashton Gate for The Baggies' visit.

A packed City Ground crowd set to cheer on The Reds as they look to impose their game on Darren Moore's side and condemn them to back-to-back defeats on their return to the Championship.

Team news

Joe Worrall is not expected to be involved for Forest after he has been suffering with a virus, while Michael Dawson should be available having come off as a precaution late on against Bristol City.

The Forest view

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka says he is excited to be back in front of the home supporters against West Brom tomorrow night. See what he had to say below.

From the opposition

Captain Chris Brunt is expecting a tough trip to Trentside this evening when West Brom visit The City Ground.

Speaking to West Brom's official website, he said: "I'm sure it will be a tough game.

"They've brought in a lot of new faces.

"It's a difficult place to go. They try to play football in the right way.

"The last few times we've been there have been difficult and this will be no different.

"This league is relentless with games coming thick and fast. Hopefully the fans will travel and get behind us again.

"It up to us to get a result and keep that going."

One to watch - Jay Rodriguez

Last season's top scorer Jay Rodriguez is the biggest goal threat for Darren Moore's side and is expected to lead the line tonight.

The England international hit 11 goals last term and will be the focal point of Albion's attacks at The City Ground.

Head to head

Forest wins - 45
West Brom wins - 57
Draws - 30

Tickets

With a large crowd expected for tonight's game, supporters are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they enter the stadium in plenty of time.

Tickets can still be purchased from the ticket office, by calling 0115 982 4388 or by visiting tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

Full ticket information can be found here.

Coverage

Due to tonight's game being shown live on Sky Sports, there will be no live broadcast on iFollow Forest. However, live audio commentary will be available.

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

You can subscribe to iFollow Forest here.

Other fixtures

Middlesbrough v Sheffield United (7.45pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 1-1 West Brom

7 August 2018

An enthralling contest saw Nottingham Forest and West Brom play out a 1-1 draw at The City Ground.

Adlene Guedioura gave Forest a deserved lead in the second half as he fired home from range but a late Matt Phillips strike meant that the shares were spoiled.

It was a great display from Forest as they dominated Albion for large spells of the match but had to settle for a point to take away from the game.

Aitor Karanka made four changes to the side which drew at Bristol City last weekend, with Tobias Figueiredo, Jack Colback, Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban coming into the side in place of Michael Dawson, Ben Watson, Diogo Goncalves and Daryl Murphy who all dropped to the bench.

The first opening of the game arrived on five minutes for the visitors, as a long free-kick into the Forest box was chested down by Matt Phillips which allowed Jay Rodriguez a strike at goal, but his acrobatic effort cleared the crossbar.

The Reds came out strongly after the opening for The Baggies and two swift moves, both started by long-range Adlene Guedioura passes, saw efforts blocked from Joao Carvalho and Gil Dias as Forest went in search of the opener.

Carvalho again had a sighter of goal on 19 but couldn't keep his 20-yard effort down before some sublime skill from Dias saw him play Grabban in down the right channel and his volley flashed over the bar from a tight angle on 22.

Forest continued to come forward as Grabban saw an effort palmed away by West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone, and then the Forest man had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out as Johnstone was down injured following a clash with Tendayi Darikwa.

The pressure continued as a defensive mix-up on 38 almost gifted Forest a goal. Grabban pounced on a loose ball and rounded Johnstone but the keeper recovered well and eventually Lolley's shot was high and wide, then a minute later Dias couldn't convert Darikwa's low cross and then Lolley curled an effort goalwards which Johnstone punched clear.

But after all the pressure on the Albion goal, the best chance of the half fell to Rodriguez in added on time. Phillips played a low ball across the face of goal, Rodriguez got in front of his man but could only volley over from inside the six-yard box as the two sides went in goalless at the break.

It was much of the same at the start of the second half as Guedioura was at the heart of things for The Reds again. His pass found Grabban but a superb tackle from Kyle Bartley denied the Forest man getting a shot away and on 59 minutes the Algerian broke the deadlock.

Around 25 yards from goal, Guedioura shifted the ball to his right to find some space and let fly with a low drive which took a slight deflection and fizzed past Johnstone and into the bottom corner to give The Reds a deserved lead.

Albion went in search of an equaliser but The Reds defence stood firm, keeping them at arm's length and looking threatening on the counter attack.

On 80 minutes there was almost an unbelievable goal by Guedioura as he led the charge on a swift breakaway following a West Brom corner. As he entered the centre circle, he hit an outrageous long-range shot which had everyone in the stadium holding their breath as Johnstone got a fingertip to the ball to tip it around the post.

West Brom debutant Dwight Gayle came off the bench and came within inches of finding an equaliser as his shot hit the base of the post on 83. From that chance Forest broke away down the other end and Lolley's pass was just a yard behind Grabban as the forward waited to convert in front of goal.

The enthralling end to the game saw Albion level with just three minutes remaining as Phillips lashed a cross home at the back post into the roof of the net, and a minute later his looping cross sailed over Costel Pantilmon and off the post, and the second ball was fired against the crossbar from point-blank range by Gayle.

The drama didn't end there however, as Lolley's effort looked destined for the far corner until a deflection diverted it wide and Grabban's header from the following corner was hooked off the line as the game ended in a stalemate.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Figueiredo, Fox (c), Osborn, Guedioura, Colback, Dias (Goncalves 78'), Carvalho (Soudani 85'), Lolley, Grabban

Unused subs: Smith, Watson, Murphy, Robinson, Dawson

Bookings: Colback 54', Guedioura 90'

Goal: Guedioura 59'

West Brom: Johnstone, Adarabioyo, Bartley, Hegazi, Gibbs, Phillips, Livermore, Morrison (Gayle 61'), Brunt (c), Barnes, Rodriguez (Robson-Kanu 90')

Unused subs: Myhill, Townsend, Burke, Barry, Harper

Booking: Bartley 38'

Goal: Phillips 87'

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 27,850 (1,957 away)

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Ticket News

Please arrive early for West Bromwich Albion clash

7 August 2018

Nottingham Forest supporters attending tonight’s game against West Bromwich Albion are kindly asked to arrive at The City Ground as early as possible to avoid delays.

A large crowd is expected on Trentside and all matchday ticketing points are likely to be extremely busy with over 800 match tickets still waiting to be collected.

Season card collection

Over the past month, season cards have been posted to supporters on a daily basis as and when sales were made.

All season cards purchased before 3pm on Friday 3rd August have been posted out and should have arrived with supporters. If you have not received your season card, please call the ticket office on 0115 982 4388.

For those supporters who have received duplicate cards, please bring both cards to allow a ticket office assistant to advise which is the valid card. Please go to the ticket office to carry out this check.

Any supporter who purchased a season card after 3pm on Friday 3rd August should also collect their season card from the ticket office until 5pm and from the Brian Clough Stand collection point from 5.30pm 

West Bromwich Albion match ticket collection

Supporters who need to collect pre-paid tickets for tonight’s game are encouraged, wherever possible, to pick these up well in advance of kick-off.

The ticket office is open from 9am to allow supporters to pick up their pre-paid tickets and these will be available to collect throughout the day.

From 5.30pm onwards, pre-paid tickets will only be available to collect from the Brian Clough Stand collection point.

Tickets still available

A very limited number of tickets are still available for tonight's game and the easiest way to purchase in online at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

Supporters should be aware that sales of match tickets and season cards will be suspended at 6pm in order to help get all fans in the stadium in time for kick-off.

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