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Match preview: Preston vs Forest

15 February 2019

Nottingham Forest visit Deepdale on Saturday as they look to build some momentum against Preston North End (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds defeated Brentford at The City Ground last weekend before beind denied late on to draw against West Brom in midweek, and Martin O'Neill's men will be looking to build a good run of form heading towards the tail end of the season.

Preston struggled in the first half of the campaign but Alex Neil's side appear to have turned a corner with a six-game unbeaten run which included a victory against Norwich on Wednesday night.

Team news

Matty Cash remains sidelined for The Reds as he continues to sit out with an achilles problem, while Molla Wague remains doubtful as he gets up to match sharpness.

Otherwise there are no fresh injury concerns for Martin O'Neill ahead of the trip to Deepdale.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Preston boss Alex Neil is expecting a difficult challenge against a rejuvenated Forest side at Deepdale tomorrow.

He said: "They are a different type of team to what they were earlier in the season.

"Martin – from the games I have watched and bearing in mind they were against West Brom and Brentford, who are two very expansive teams – has them really structured, getting in their shape, playing from their shape, closing the lines off and then hitting you on the counter.

"They can come and approach the game in any which way that they want and they have the players to do so. They have Lewis [Grabban] up top; they have [Daryl] Murphy if they want a target man and they have a lot of players in the middle of the pitch who have played in the Premier League for the majority of their careers.

"It is going to be a tough match for us. We will have to perform at our very best levels in order to win the game and also to try and keep this run going, because it has been a really good run for us."

One to watch - Alan Browne

It has been a fine season for Alan Browne, with the midfielder scoring 11 times and he will be a key figure once again for North End this weekend.


Forest wins - 32
Preston wins - 42
Draws - 28


Tickets are still available with another strong following set to back The Reds on the road and tickets can be purchased on arrival at Deepdale. Full details can be found here


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

There will also be full coverage 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:

Rotherham vs Sheffield Wednesday (1pm)
Aston Villa vs West Brom
Bolton vs Norwich
Ipswich vs Stoke
Sheffield United vs Reading
Blackburn vs Middlesbrough (Sunday, 1pm)

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Match Reports

Preston 0-0 Forest

16 February 2019

Nottingham Forest were held to a goalless draw against Preston North End this afternoon as they picked up a point on the road at Deepdale.

The Reds did find the net on two occasions, with Lewis Grabban and Joe Lolley efforts both being ruled out by the match officials, but ultimately had to settle for a point.

Manager Martin O'Neill made two changes to the side that drew away at West Brom in midweek, with Tendayi Darikwa replacing Saidy Janko in defence with Daryl Murphy coming in for Ben Watson as The Reds faced their third match in seven days.

Preston started brightly with a succession of corners in the opening five minutes and Brad Potts coming closest for the hosts only to be denied by a smart reaction save by Costel Pantilimon.

Forest saw out the early pressure from the home side and began to dominate possession. Grabban and Murphy in particular were starting to find their rhythm and were leading the line well. The former thought he had the breakthrough half-an-hour into the match as he pounced on a loose ball in the home side's penalty box only to see his effort ruled out for offside.

The visitors enjoyed a brief spell of domination before Preston created a half chance with ten minutes to go in the first half. Potts drifted a ball into the box from the right and Sean Maguire rose above Reds defender Yohan Benalouane but could only direct his header straight at Pantilimon.

Forest hit back again with a good chance of their own as Grabban and Joe Lolley linked up well which resulted in Grabban being through on goal. However, the leading scorer for The Reds was unable to add to his 16 goals this season as North End keeper Declan Rudd managed to tip his shot around the post.

The second half began at a more steady pace but Forest were still enjoying the majority of the ball without causing too much concern for the hosts' back four.

Preston did fashion a glorious opportunity to take the lead just after the hour mark. Potts smashed a volley towards goal from deep inside the visitors' penalty area but Pantilimon was equal to the challenge to deny the striker once again with a fine reaction stop.

Forest made their first change on 70 minutes with Joao Carvalho replacing Murphy, as The Reds went in search of the winner, and they thought they had it on 78 minutes when Lolley tapped home after Rudd could only parry an effort from Grabban. However, for the second time in the match, the visitors had the goal ruled out for an infringement on Rudd, with Ryan Yates the man penalised as he tried to convert following the initial save by the Preston stopper.

Time was running out for both sides and despite a late long-range effort from Reds defender Jack Robinson, there was very little in the way of clear cut chances being created.

The home side were restricted to long balls into the box but the Forest defence remained solid on each occasion and held out for a clean sheet on the road as the match ended goalless.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Milosevic, Benalouane, Robinson, Yates, Colback (c), Osborn, Lolley, Grabban, Murphy (Carvalho 71')

Unused subs: Steele, Wague, Goncalves, Yacob, Pele, Bonatini

Preston: Rudd, Fisher, Davies, Storey, Hughes, Pearson, Gallagher (c) (Stockley 46'), Potts, Barkhuizen (Johnson 65'), Browne, Maguire (Nmecha 65')

Unused subs: Crowe, Earl, Clarke, Ledson

Booking: Stockley 83'

Referee: Tim Robinson

Attendance: 13,904 (1,913 away)

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Ticket News

Pay-on-the-day at Preston

15 February 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Preston North End can be purchased on arrival at Deepdale.

Forest travel to the North West on Saturday 16th February (kick-off 3pm), looking for a first league win on Sir Tom Finney Way since 2010.

The club have received an allocation of 3,013 reserved seat tickets located behind the goal in the Bill Shankly Stand and tickets are priced as follows:

Adults £24
65+ years £16
Full-time students £15
19-21-year-olds £15
11-18-year-olds £8
Under 11s £2

Forest supporters will be able to buy tickets from the away ticket office which is located at the Bill Shankly Kop and opens from 1pm and there is no price increase on tickets. Any pre-paid tickets can also be collected at the away ticket office.

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 10am and is priced at £20. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

All match tickets can be purchased by visiting or by visiting the ticket office in-person.

Supporters who have registered accessible needs with Nottingham Forest and who are receiving the higher rate of care or mobility can claim their tickets either over the phone on 0115 982 4388 or in-person at the ticket office.

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