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Match preview: Forest vs Bristol City

18 January 2019

Martin O'Neill returns to the club in his first game as Nottingham Forest manager as Bristol City visit The City Ground tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The legendary midfielder was appointed earlier this week and there will be a passionate atmosphere at a sold-out City Ground.

Bristol City arrive in fine form however, unbeaten in their last 10 outings and will provide The Reds with a stern test.

Team news

Yohan Benalouane could be involved for the first time having completed his move to The Reds earlier today, while there are question marks surrounding the fitness of Tobias Figueiredo.

Danny Fox and Tendayi Darikwa are both suspended following their red cards against Reading but Michael Hefele remains ruled out.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Bristol City assistant manager Dean Holden is expecting an incredible atmosphere at The City Ground on Saturday afternoon for Martin O'Neill's first game in charge.

He said: "We're really looking forward to the game at The City Ground this weekend.

"They have appointed a club legend and it's going to make for a fantastic atmosphere. Martin was part of the 1970's European cup-winning team.

"Younger generations will know him as a manager and a TV pundit but he was an incredible player for Nottingham Forest. I'm sure their supporters will be delighted to have him back but our fans will play their part in an incredible atmosphere."

One to watch - Famara Diedhiou

Bristol City's top scorer this season, Famara Diedhiou is set to lead the line again for The Robins on Saturday afternoon.

The Senegalese striker has hit seven goals this season and will be hoping to add to his tally at The City Ground.

Head to head

Forest wins - 39
Bristol City wins - 19
Draws - 32


There will be a sold-out City Ground on Saturday, with supporters snapping up all available tickets for the game.

Bring your scarves

Nottingham Forest would like to see as many Forest scarves (old or new) as possible raised for Martin O'Neill's first Mull of Kintyre as manager.

As the famous song begins at The City Ground, supporters are encouraged to raise their scarves and show their support for The Reds and the new manager on his return to the club.


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

There will be full 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:

Norwich vs Birmingham (Friday, 7.45pm)
Aston Villa vs Hull
Blackburn vs Ipswich
Derby vs Reading
Middlesbrough vs Millwall
QPR vs Preston
Rotherham vs Brentford
Sheffield Wednesday vs Wigan
Stoke vs Leeds
Swansea vs Sheffield United (5.30pm)
Bolton vs West Brom (Monday, 8pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 0-1 Bristol City

19 January 2019

Martin O’Neill’s first game as Nottingham Forest manager ended in defeat as Famara Diedhiou’s goal saw Bristol City run out 1-0 winners at The City Ground.

The goal, 20 minutes from time, proved to be decisive as The Reds came across a determined Frank Fielding in the City goal who kept Forest at bay on numerous occasions to deny O'Neill the perfect start.

The new manager handed a debut to new signing Yohan Benalouane and opted to start with two strikers in the shape of Daryl Murphy and Lewis Grabban.

There was almost the perfect start to O'Neill's tenure as a Joe Lolley flashed a shot inches wide of the target following Ben Osborn's cross in just the second minute, but the visitors were in confident mood having arrived at The City Ground on the back of a 10-game unbeaten run.

Andi Weimann stung Costel Pantilimon's palms with a shot from close range on eight minutes, then on 12 the Forest stopper was called into producing a fine fingertip save to tip Callum O'Dowda's effort around the post following a swift counter attack.

The Reds came back into the game as they looked to take control away from City, with Lolley heading over the bar when well-placed in the middle on 25, then Matty Cash flashed an effort wide of the target from 25 yards just shy of the half-hour mark.

The closing stages of the first half passed without chances for either side and at the start of the second half Pantilimon was called into producing another fine save as he palmed away former Red Jamie Paterson's well-hit volley.

Bristol City keeper Frank Fielding was forced into his first meaningful save of the game as debutant Benalouane rose highest at a corner, only to see the City stopper acrobatically tip his effort over the crossbar, before the visitors took the lead with 20 minutes to go.

A superb through ball by substitute Kasey Palmer played Weimann in on goal. The forward then pulled it back from the byline to Diedhiou who was on hand to lash home past the despairing dive of Pantilimon and two Forest defenders on the line.

Jack Colback saw a long-range effort well parried by Fielding before Lewis Grabban tested the City keeper as The Reds pushed on in search of the leveller, but O'Neill's men couldn't find it as his first game as manager of Forest ended in defeat.

Forest: Pantilimon, Janko, Benalouane, Robinson, Osborn, Cash (Dias 73'), Yacob (c) (Guedioura 69'), Colback, Lolley, Grabban, Murphy

Unused subs: Steele, Watson, Carvalho, Goncalves, Yates

Bookings: Benalouane 45', Janko 88'

Bristol City: Fielding: Pisano, Kalas, Baker, Dasilva (Kelly 79'), Pack (c), Brownhill, Paterson (Palmer 64'), O'Dowda, Weimann, Diedhiou (Wright 90')

Unused subs: O'Leary, Eliasson, Morrell, Eisa

Goal: Diedhiou 70'

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Attendance: 28,922 (1,570 away)

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Ticket News

Sell out in general admission for Bristol City

17 January 2019

Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship clash with Bristol City at The City Ground has now sold out in all general admission areas.

There is set to be a fantastic atmosphere on Trentside as Forest fans have snapped up all of the tickets available to see Martin O'Neill's first game in charge of The Reds against The Robins on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Matchday hospitality still available

The only remaining way to see Martin’s homecoming is to enjoy the match from the comfort of hospitality areas at The City Ground. Limited packages are still available in a number of areas but supporters are advised to book quickly to avoid disappointment.

Prices start from just £50 (+VAT) per person and details can be found by clicking here or by calling 0115 982 4450 for more details.

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