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Match preview: Forest vs Brentford

8 February 2019

Nottingham Forest will be looking to reignite their play-off push on Saturday afternoon as Brentford visit The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds defeated Wigan Athletic on their last outing on Trentside but a loss against Birmingham last weekend set them back in their pursuit of the top six.

Now a rejuvenated Brentford side visit looking to continue their strong form and will provide a stern test for Martin O'Neill's men.

Team news

Yohan Benalouane is suspended for this match following his red card at St Andrew's, joining Jack Colback who serves the second game of his two-match ban.

Tendayi Darikwa is available again, however, after completing his three-game ban and he could return to the starting line-up, while new signings Leo Bonatini, Alex Milosevic, Pele and Molla Wague will be hoping for home debuts. 

Michael Dawson, Michael Hefele, Tobias Figueiredo, Sam Byram and Hillal Soudani remain on the treatment table. 

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank knows his side must be aware of the threat posed by Forest as they visit The City Ground this weekend.

The Bees are on a 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions and Frank wants his team to remain focused on continuing their form.

He said: "We need to be aware because we worked so hard to get out of the bad run. All of us are enjoying the moment but we need to continue and do whatever we can to put good performances in every single day.

"That comes from focusing on the next day's training or the next game. We know we can continue but it is up to us to maintain the high standards we have had so far.

"Nottingham Forest are a top club, one of the biggest in the country with a well-known history. We know they have big ambitions to go to the Premier League and went to Martin O'Neill who is a legend in this country as a manager and as a player.

"They will do everything they can to push for the play-offs and we have respect for them. We know it is going to be another big test for us in this run we are on.

"We know they are going to push so hard and we are going to push so hard too. They are still a very good football side, they want to dominate the play and they are putting more crosses into the box and that fits in with us being more aware of the defensive side of the game."

One to watch - Neal Maupay

The French forward has been prolific for The Bees so far this season, hitting his 20th goal in all competitions in the midweek FA Cup victory over Barnet. 

Head to head

Forest wins - 10
Brentford wins - 12
Draws - 8

Tickets

Tickets are extremely limited for Saturday's game at The City Ground, with large areas of the ground already sold out and single seats only remaining in most areas.

Full ticket details can be found here.

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:

Aston Villa vs Sheffield Uniteed (Friday, 7.45pm)
Middlesbrough vs Leeds (1pm)
Blackburn vs Bristol City
Bolton vs Preston
Derby vs Hull
QPR vs Birmingham
Rotherham vs Wigan
Sheffield Wednesday vs Reading
Swansea vs Millwall
Stoke vs West Brom (5.30pm)
Norwich vs Ipswich (Sunday, 12pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 2-1 Brentford

9 February 2019

Molla Wague scored on his debut as Nottingham Forest clinched all three points with a 2-1 win against Brentford this afternoon.

Lewis Grabban had put Forest into a half-time lead before Wague came off the bench to head home on his City Ground bow. Sergi Canos's goal late on set up a nervy finish to the game but The Reds came out on top against the in-form Bees.

Martin O'Neill handed home debuts to Alex Milosevic in defence and Leo Bonatini up front, while Ryan Yates made his first Championship start in the heart of the midfield.

There was an even start to proceedings but the first effort of the game fell to the visitors on 12 minutes, with Costel Pantilimon parrying away a fierce strike by Said Benrahma.

The Reds slowly looked more confident as they worked their way into the match and found themselves in front on 16 thanks to Grabban's strike.

A long ball over the Brentford defence by Milosevic saw Grabban react quickest and hold off the challenge of Julian Jeanvier to get an effort on goal. His attempt was saved by Daniel Bentley but the keeper could do nothing to prevent Grabban from converting the loose ball for his 16th goal of the season.

The visitors responded well to the set back as they tested Pantilimon again, this time forcing the Forest stopper into a superb save on 22 from Yoann Barbet's venomous free kick.

Back came Forest, however, as Joe Lolley fired wide from Matty Cash's long throw on 25 and a minute later some fine work from Lolley set up Bonatini who sliced wide from the penalty spot when he looked set to score his first goal for the club.

Bonatini was replaced at half-time by Diogo Goncalves and he had a great chance to double the lead on 51 minutes. Lolley played a wonderful reverse pass to play him in on goal, the Portuguese rounded Bentley but saw his shot cleared off the line by Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Two minutes later and Grabban should have grabbed his second, this time Ben Osborn chipping a ball over the Bees defence only for Grabban to prod wide of the target with Bentley beaten.

The Reds were nearly made to pay for those missed opportunities just after the hour mark as Romaine Sawyers rattled a deflected effort off the inside of the post before Bentley produced a fine double save on 67.

Grabban, after a 30-yard run, was brought down inside the area by Jeanvier for a Forest penalty. The frontman dusted himself down to take the kick, only to see Bentley save his low effort and then somehow keep out Ben Watson's follow-up header too.

The visitors poured forward in search of the leveller, with substitute Sergi Canos firing over from 25 yards and Pantilimon having to be alert to deny Neal Maupay from close range.

But with 10 minutes to go, Forest found the crucial second goal as Wague netted on his Reds debut. Having come off the bench to replace Cash, Wague rose highest from Lolley's right-wing corner to beat Bentley to the ball and head into the unguarded net.

The Bees gave themselves hope going into the closing stages as Canos wrong-footed Pantilimon as he slotted into the corner of the net on 89 minutes and as much as they knocked on the door, Brentford couldn't find the leveller as The Reds held on to a vital three points.

Forest: Pantilimon, Janko, Milosevic, Robinson, Osborn, Watson (c), Yates, Cash (Wague 71'), Lolley, Bonatini (Goncalves 46'), Grabban (Ansarifard 87')

Unused subs: Steele, Murphy, Carvalho, Yacob

Goals: Grabban 16', Wague 79'

Booking: Yates 62'

Brentford: Bentley, Dalsgaard, Konsa (Forss 90'), Jeanvier, Barbet, Odubajo, Mokotjo (McEachran 71'), Sawyers, Watkins, Maupay, Benrahma (Canos 63')

Unused subs: Daniels, Dasilva, Ogbene, Sorensen

Goal: Canos 89'

Booking: Odubajo 58'

Referee: Robert Jones

Attendance: 27,829 (1,182 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Brentford (H)

5 February 2019

Ticket details for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship clash with Brentford have now been confirmed.

The Reds welcome The Bees to The City Ground on Saturday 9th February (kick-off 3pm) as the business end of the season gets into full swing.

Forest will continue to push for a play-off spot against opponents who have seen their season tail-off since the departure of manager Dean Smith in October following a bright start to their campaign.

Tickets are now on general sale with adult tickets priced at £25, under 12s just £5. Full sales information can be found below:

  Pre-matchday Matchday
Adults £25 £27
Seniors (65+) £18 £20
Youths (18-23) £12 £12
Juniors (12-17) £10 £10
Kids (4-11) £5 £5

Dates of sale

On sale to Date
Season card holders and home members Wednesday 9th January - 9am
General sale Friday 11th January - 9am

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

Accessible seating information

Supporters who are registered as having accessible seating requirements with Nottingham Forest can claim a Disabled Companion seat providing that they are entitled to the high rate of Disabled Living Allowance for either care or mobility, the high rate of Attendance Allowance or the Enhanced Rate of Personal Independence Payment.

Matchday hospitality

If you are looking to enjoy a special day at The City Ground, then don't forget that hospitality packages for the game are available.

Prices start from just £40 (+VAT) per person and details can be found by visiting the commercial website or by calling 0115 982 4450 for more details.

Print-at-home

Nottingham Forest now operate a print-at-home service for supporters to utilise when purchasing tickets. Below is a handy video to explain the system.

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