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Match preview: Birmingham vs Forest

1 February 2019

Nottingham Forest have a first win at St Andrew's since 2015 in their sights on Saturday as they take on Birmingham City (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds enjoyed a morale-boosting 3-1 victory over Wigan Athletic at The City Ground last weekend and the target now is to get their away form back on track and close the gap to the Sky Bet Championship play-off places.

Garry Monk's resilient Birmingham side picked up a creditable 3-3 draw at Swansea on Tuesday night despite playing the entire second half with ten men and will be tough opposition for Martin O'Neill's men this weekend.

Team news

Tendayi Darikwa serves the last match of his suspension while Jack Colback is also banned following his 10th booking of the campaign last weekend. Michael Dawson (hamstring), Michael Hefele (Achilles), Tobias Figueiredo (leg) and Sam Byram (knee) are all out.

Kristian Pedersen will be forced to miss the game for Birmingham after being suspended for one match following his sending off at Swansea on Tuesday evening. Marc Roberts (calf) and Charlie Lakin (thigh) are unavailable.

From the Forest camp

Martin O'Neill: "It will be a really tough game. I've watched the Championship from a distance for some considerable time and I think they've done exceptionally well.

"They fought back at Swansea on Tuesday night with only ten men and they have shown tremendous grit and determination throughout the season so it will be a difficult task for us, as it always is at Birmingham."

The opposition view

Birmingham manager Garry Monk is looking forward to an exciting clash against Forest and is hoping to see his side build on Tuesday's 3-3 draw at Swansea City.

He said: "Right from the summer, up to now with the players they have signed in this window as well, it’s a squad that has been built for promotion. That’s their intention, that’s what they have to try and achieve.

"It’s one of those games again where we are going to have to pit our wits against that type of squad and quality. We have done that pretty well overall with similar teams that have been built for promotion.

"We also want to make sure we can build on Tuesday and try and put a run together gathering points in consecutive games."

One to watch - Che Adams

Che Adams is one of the Championship's leading goalscorers with 15 strikes to his name and has found the net in Blues' last three matches against Middlesbrough, Norwich and Swansea.

Head to head

Forest wins - 42
Birmingham wins - 39
Draws - 34

Last time out: Forest 2-2 Birmingham (Saturday 25th August 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

Nottingham Forest supporters have snapped up all 3,100 tickets for this game, with no further tickets being made available.

Supporters collecting tickets, or duplicates, can do so from 2pm from the away turnstiles.

Coverage

International subscribers to iFollow Forest can watch the full match live, while domestic subscribers will be able to listen to the action with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham.

There will also be coverage of the game 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:

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

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Match Reports

Birmingham 2-0 Forest

2 February 2019

A goal in each condemned Nottingham Forest to defeat as they were beaten 2-0 by Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

Garry Monk's side struck early through Jota and then again in second-half stoppage time as Che Adams converted a penalty following a deliberate handball by Yohan Benalouane which saw the Forest defender receive a red card.

Martin O’Neill made one change from last weekend’s 3-1 victory over Wigan as deadline-day signing Alexander Milosevic replaced the suspended Jack Colback in the starting 11.

The match started at a frantic pace with both sides looking for an early breakthrough and it was The Reds who came closest. Birmingham-born Joe Lolley cut in from the right-hand side only to see his shot come back off the post with Blues keeper Lee Camp completely wrong-footed by the effort.

Despite Forest's bright start it was Birmingham who took the lead after 13 minutes. Adams and Lukas Jutkiewicz teamed up to play in Jota whose shot beat Pantilimon from inside the Forest penalty area and nestled in the far corner of the net.

Forest, and Lolley in particular, continued to press despite going behind but as The Reds pressed in search of the equaliser, the hosts nearly doubled their lead just before the break. Jutkiewicz poked an effort towards Pantilimon’s right-hand side from inside the penalty area but the Romanian managed to parry the shot around the post. 

O'Neill's men started the second half brightly with efforts from Adlene Guedioura and Daryl Murphy but neither were able to trouble Camp in the hosts' goal. On the hour mark, the visitors introduced leading goalscorer Lewis Grabban and deadline-day loan recruit Leo Bonatini as Milosevic and Murphy respectively made way.

The Reds were now playing with two up top and it nearly brought an instant reward on 65 minutes. Bonatini laid the ball off for an unmarked Lolley inside the penalty area but the midfielder’s volley was straight at Camp. 

Forest were now dominating the match, controlling possession but unable to create any real clear-cut chances as the game entered the closing stages.

With five minutes left on the clock, Bonatini had Forest’s best opportunity. A deflected effort from Lolley fell perfectly for the striker inside the Birmingham penalty area but his fierce effort was deflected inches wide of the post.

That was to be the visitors' last opportunity to salvage something from the match as Birmingham converted a stoppage-time penalty to claim all three points. Adams was the man to strike the final blow as Benalouane saw red for a handball on the line which led to the spot-kick.

Forest: Pantilimon, Janko, Benalouane, Milosevic (Grabban 60'), Robinson, Watson, Cash, Guedioura (Carvalho 72'), Osborn, Lolley, Murphy (Bonatini 60')

Subs not used: Steele, Goncalves, Yacob, Pele

Bookings: Lolley 22', Benalouane 54'

Sent off: Benalouane 90'

Birmingham: Camp, Harding, Morrison, Dean, Colin, Maghoma (Mrabti 81'), Gardner, Kieftenbeld, Jota (C.Gardner 85'), Adams, Jutkiewicz (Vassell 78')

Subs not used: Trueman, Mahoney, Dacres-Cogley, Lubala

Goals: Jota 13', Adams (pen) 90'

Bookings: Kieftenbeld 79', Morrison 90'

Referee: David Webb

Attendance: 24,235 (3,074 away)

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Ticket News

Birmingham tickets sold out

18 January 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Birmingham City have sold out.

Forest travel to the St. Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium on Saturday 2nd February (kick-off 3pm) and Reds fans have snapped up the full allocation of 3,100 reserved seat tickets. 

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 12pm and is priced at £17.

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