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Match preview: Wigan vs Forest

17 August 2018

Nottingham Forest return to Sky Bet Championship action tomorrow when they make the trip to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Athletic.

The Reds have made an unbeaten start to the season, drawing twice and picking up three points against Reading, and secured their passage to the second round of the Carabao Cup with a penalty shoot-out victory over Bury on Tuesday night.

Wigan started the season with a 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday but have since lost to Aston Villa and Rotherham in the Carabao Cup and Aitor Karanka's men will be hoping to ensure The Latics' losing streak continues.

Team news

Aitor Karanka confirmed that Sam Byram and Michael Hefele are both in contention for The Reds after making their debuts for the club in the midweek victory against Bury.

Costel Pantilimon is expected to return in goal, with Jordan Smith serving a one-game suspension following his red card on Tuesday night.

From the Forest camp

Aitor Karanka and Lewis Grabban have been speaking to the media ahead of the trip to the DW Stadium. See what they had to say below.

From the opposition

Wigan manager Paul Cook is well aware of the threat posed by Nottingham Forest and is expecting a tough encounter on Saturday afternoon.

The Latics won promotion from League One last season and says that his side will need to adjust quickly to playing against higher calibre opposition.

He said: "Forest will pose an absolutely massive threat on Saturday.

"They're full of outstanding players, they've got an outstanding manager, and it'll be another bumper crowd in the stadium. But it's all part of the process involved with moving up a division.

"It's very tough, very demanding, to remain self-confident when you're moving up a level and results are going against you, and goals are going against you.

"Confidence is key in football, we're trying to build a club based on confidence and bravery, and when it goes wrong having the belief to go out there and work even harder to get it right."

One to watch - Nick Powell

Last season's key man Nick Powell has made a strong start to this campaign, scoring in both of The Latics' opening games against Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa.

He hit 15 goals in League One last season as they won promotion back to the second tier and he will be at the heart of things for Paul Cook's side again this term.

Head to head

Forest wins - 3
Wigan wins - 4
Draws - 5

Last visit: Wigan 0-0 Forest (Sky Bet Championship, Saturday 25th February 2017)


The Reds' initial allocation for the trip to the DW Stadium has sold out but tickets will be able to purchase on arrival. 

Full ticket information can be found here.  

Supporters are reminded that the official coaches will depart from the Peter Taylor Stand at 10.30am as opposed to the Brian Clough Stand. This is due to the Test Match taking place at Trent Bridge.


There will be a live broadcast of the game on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available. 

There will also be full coverage of the match 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:

Birmingham v Swansea (Friday, 7.45pm)
Bristol City v Middlesbrough
Hull v Blackburn
Ipswich v Aston Villa
Leeds v Rotherham
Millwall v Derby
Reading v Bolton
Sheffield United v Norwich
West Brom v QPR
Preston v Stoke (5.30pm)
Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 3pm)

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Match Reports

Wigan 2-2 Forest

18 August 2018

Hillal Soudani’s late equaliser salvaged a point for Nottingham Forest as they drew 2-2 against Wigan Athletic this afternoon.

Matty Cash had drawn The Reds level in the first half after Nick Powell’s early goal, but Will Grigg’s penalty on the half-hour mark restored their lead.

Lewis Grabban saw his injury-time penalty saved but Soudani was on hand to fire home the rebound and ensure The Reds remain unbeaten this season.

Forest made a poor start to the game, with a sloppy back pass by Tobias Figueiredo conceding a corner inside the first two minutes from which Wigan took the lead. Costel Pantilimon came for the cross but failed to claim, allowing a Powell the chance to nod into an empty net and give the home side a perfect start.

It was almost two for The Latics on seven minutes as Gavin Massey got in behind Ben Osborn and drilled a ball into the near post. Will Grigg arrived to flick an effort at goal but this time Pantilimon was equal to it to push it away.

After the early pressure from the home side, Forest responded well and were level on 10 minutes through Cash’s second goal in as many games. Joao Carvalho pounced on a mistake in midfield to pick up the ball and drive towards goal. He teed up Cash on the right and controlled and fired low into the far corner, giving goalkeeper Christian Walton no chance.

But the home side were still looking threatening, with Michael Jacobs seeing an effort deflect into the side netting and Grigg poking an effort narrowly wide from six-yards out and they retook the lead from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark.

A dangerous ball across the face of goal was set up for Grigg to tap home until he was hauled down by Ben Osborn, with the Northern Irishman dusting himself down to send Pantilimon the wrong way and restore their lead.

A long-range strike from captain Sam Morsy crashed against the base of the post, with the rebound fired wide of the gaping goal by Powell as Forest were fortunate to go into the break with just a one-goal deficit.

The start of the second half was an even one, with both sides battling for possession in the middle of the park. Hillal Soudani was introduced off the bench and he nearly had an instant impact on 56 minutes, getting in down the right-hand side but seeing his low cross scrambled behind for a corner.

Cash worked his way into the penalty area after the hour mark but was denied by a fine block from a Wigan defender, and then a quick break minutes later saw Cash feed Soudani down the left, but his low shot was straight at Walton.

The excellent Matty Cash produced a great run as the game headed into injury time, beating Antonee Robinson on the wing and cutting inside the area where he was hauled down by Sam Morsy for a penalty.

Lewis Grabban stepped up and saw his effort well saved by Walton, but Soudani was quickest to react and lash the ball home from close range.

It was a battle all over the park and both sides had to settle for a point as Forest continue their unbeaten streak at the start of the season.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Figueiredo, Fox (c), Osborn, Colback, Guedioura (Watson 45’), Cash, Carvalho (Soudani 54’), Lolley (J. Robinson 65’), Grabban

Unused subs: Steele, Murphy, Dawson, Dias

Goals: Cash 10’, Soudani 90’

Bookings: Osborn 29’, Colback 69’, Fox 87’, Watson 88’

Wigan: Walton, James, Dunkley, Kipre, A. Robinson, Morsy (c), Evans, Jacobs, Massey (Byrne 89’), Powell (Connolly 75’), Grigg (Vaughan 75’)

Unused subs: Jones, Windass, Bruce, McManaman

Goals: Powell 2’, Grigg pen 30’

Bookings: Vaughan 87’, Morsy 88’

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Attendance: 11,543 (2,513 away)

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Ticket News

Pay-on-the-day at Wigan

17 August 2018

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s trip to Wigan Athletic will be available to purchase on the day at the DW Stadium.

The Reds have sold out the first allocation of 2,212 tickets for the game and more tickets will be made available to purchase on arrival.
The extra tickets will again be located behind the goal in the North Stand and are priced as follows:
Adults - £25
Seniors (65+) - £15
Under 18s - £10
Under 11s - £5
Under 5s - £2
Tickets will be available to purchase with cash and card on the turnstiles at the DW Stadium.
Disabled supporters
Wigan Athletic have allocated seven pairs and carer tickets while ambulant disabled supporters can claim a free carer ticket providing they are registered as disabled with Nottingham Forest and receive any rate of DLA or PIP care.
Matchday hospitality
Matchday hospitality is available for Forest fans at the DW Stadium for £40 for adults and £10 for Under 8s in the Springfield Lounge.
Full details of the package can be found here and it can be booked online or by emailing
Coach travel and parking
Official coach travel is priced at £17 and will depart the Peter Taylor Stand at 10.30am.
Matchday car parking is available at the DW Stadium’s car park 1 (Stadium Way, WN5 0UN) and this is priced at £20 per coach, £10 per minibus and £5 per car.

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