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Match preview: Forest vs Preston

7 December 2018

Nottingham Forest will be looking to make it back-to-back home wins when Preston North End visit The City Ground tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds triumphed 2-0 against Ipswich last weekend and will hope to cement their place in the top six with another victory on Trentside.

Preston have had a difficult start to the season but will be looking to prove that they have turned a corner against Aitor Karanka's in-form side.

Team news

Michael Dawson has been ruled out for The Reds after limping off in the victory over Ipswich last weekend, joining Danny Fox and Hillal Soudani on the sidelines.

With Tobias Figueiredo serving the second game of his three-game suspension, it could mean a spot at the heart of the defence for Jack Robinson.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Preston boss Alex Neil is looking to come through this injury-hit spell for his side with some positive results as they prepare to visit The City Ground this weekend.

 

He said: "It is going to be a difficult match. Our injury problems are well documented and with Aitor there, they have someone who is experienced at getting teams out of this league. What he has done is assemble a squad with the knowledge and knowhow of how to get out of it.

"We had put a good run of results together and were looking at this next batch of games in a confident mood - when you lose two, three or four players it is really tough, but when you lose five, six, seven or eight then it becomes even more difficult.

"The players we are missing are the guys who set the standards and have done it; they know what it takes to do it. It is unfair on some of the younger lads, who maybe signed in the summer, who are being accompanied by five our six other guys who are trying to make their mark on the team.

"Our numbers have been limited, but we will work hard in the next couple of days and use that to prepare properly for the weekend."

One to watch - Tom Barkhuizen

With top scorer Callum Robinson ruled out through injury, Tom Barkhuizen could be Preston's main attacking threat on Saturday.

The former Blackpool and Morecambe man has scored five times this season and his pace could be a vital asset for Alex Neil's side.

Head to head

Forest wins - 32
Preston wins - 41
Draws - 28

Tickets

Tickets are very limited in some areas of the stadium with another bumper crowd expected at The City Ground.

Full ticket details can be found here.

Coverage

International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the match live, with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham also available.

There will be full coverage of the game on 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:

West Brom vs Aston Villa (Friday, 8pm)
Birmingham vs Bristol City
Brentford vs Swansea
Leeds vs QPR
Middlesbrough vs Blackburn
Millwall vs Hull
Norwich vs Bolton
Sheffield Wednesday vs Rotherham
Stoke vs Ipswich
Wigan vs Derby 
Reading vs Sheffield United (5.30pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 0-1 Preston

8 December 2018

Nottingham Forest tasted defeat for only the second time at The City Ground this season as Preston came away with a 1-0 victory.

A Louis Moult goal early in the second half was enough for North End to take all the points after The Reds had seen plenty of chances go begging in the first half.

Forest started on the front foot and were looking slick in possession, with some neat passing in the final third play creating a couple of openings inside the first 20 minutes.

Joe Lolley's mazy run ended up with a tame effort from the in-form winger which was easy enough for Declan Rudd to gather in the Preston goal on five minutes, before Tendayi Darikwa flashed an effort wide on 14.

It took a superb last-ditch tackle from North End skipper Tom Clarke on 17 minutes to deny Matty Cash from getting an effort away on goal after the Forest man was played through on goal but was denied 10 yards out.

As the rain began to fall heavily, it made conditions difficult for both sides and the visitors nearly profited on 21 minutes as Jack Robinson lost his footing, allowing Tom Barkhuizen in on goal but Costel Pantilimon was equal to his effort and Darikwa was on hand to clear the loose ball.

Forest began to find their footing again and came close to finding the opening goal through Cash on 35. Lewis Grabban did well to take the ball down the right and find a cross which Cash met on the volley in front of goal, but his effort flashed inches wide of the right-hand post.

Another opportunity came and went for The Reds minutes later after some excellent forward play by Grabban. He was forced wide on the right but a superb nutmeg on the defender saw him bear down on goal only for his pass across goal to evade everyone in a red shirt.

Lolley was next to have an attempt on goal, coming from some patient and intricate build-up on the edge of the Preston box but his volley crashed into the side netting as Forest couldn't find the opening goal that their first-half play deserved.

The Reds were made to pay for those missed chances as Preston took the lead early on in the second half. A corner from the right-hand side wasn't dealt with by the Forest defence, Lukas Nmecha played the ball across goal and Moult was on hand to bundle the ball over the line.

Forest went on the attack to find the leveller, with Lolley's rasping effort just clearing the crossbar on 71 and substitute Daryl Murphy seeing a header tipped over by Rudd as it looked like it would drop just underneath the crossbar.

The Reds pressed and probed for the equaliser but the Preston defence held firm to keep Forest at bay as they left Trentside with all three points.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Hefele, Robinson, Osborn (c), Yacob, Colback (Murphy 77'), Cash (Dias 64'), Carvalho, Lolley, Grabban

Unused subs: Steele, Guedioura, Janko, Ansarifard, Appiah

Booking: Yacob 87'

Preston: Rudd, Clarke (c), Huntington, Davies, Hughes, Gallagher, Johnson (Burke 90'), Barkhuizen, Browne, Barker (Nmecha 25'), Moult (Ledson 73')

Unused subs: Maxwell, Fisher, Storey, Woods

Goal: Moult 56'

Booking: Davies 74'

Referee: Stephen Martin

Attendance: 27,777 (1,247 away)

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