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Match preview: Forest vs Leeds

31 December 2018

The New Year begins at home for Nottingham Forest as Leeds United are the visitors to The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).

Following a defeat against Millwall to end 2018, The Reds will be hoping to kickstart 2019 with three points to close the gap on the top six.

Leeds sit top of the pile but come into the game on the back of a defeat, with their 2-0 reverse against Hull City on Saturday following seven successive victories.

Team news

There are concerns over a number of players with knocks and fatigue following the busy schedule over Christmas and New Year, with Aitor Karanka leaving it late to decide on their availability.

Tobias Figueiredo is a definite abentee however, as he remains sidelined through injury alongside Hillal Soudani and Michael Dawson.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Leeds suffered their first defeat in eight when they lost at home to Hull on Saturday and manager Marcelo Bielsa knows that the trip to Forest will be the most demanding of the festive and New Year period.

Speaking after the game on Saturday, he said: "The performance of the team and the kind of game we played was not particularly different to our other games.

"Usually we have three times more chances to score than the opponent and we dominate the game. This game was not different in that sense.

"Maybe we should have taken more shots from distance because our play in the centre put us in good positions to shoot from outside the box. We didn't create as much danger as we could have from the situations we had but in the offensive play I didn't see more of a lack of precision than usual.

"Until now the team gave a good response, a positive response.

"We ran enough (against Hull) and we dominated the game. When you don't dominate a game you make less effort.

"Until now the tolerance from the players has been good but the fourth game we're going to play will be the most demanding one because we've already played several."

One to watch - Kemar Roofe

With 13 goals to his name so far this season, Leeds frontman Kemar Roofe has found the goalscoring touch.

The former Oxford United man has been firing the goals in for Leeds, including an injury-time brace on Boxing Day, and will be the main threat for the visitors tomorrow.

Head to head

Forest wins - 32
Leeds wins - 31
Draws - 34

Last time out - Leeds 1-1 Forest (Saturday 27th October, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

Tomorrow's game is sold out, with no further tickets available.

Coverage

Due to the game being shown live on Sky Sports, there will be no live broadcast for international subscribers on iFollow Forest. Audio commentary will be available, however.

There will also be full coverage of the match via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Tuesday:

Aston Villa vs QPR
Blackburn vs West Brom
Brentford vs Norwich
Derby vs Middlesbrough
Hull vs Bolton
Ipswich vs Millwall
Reading vs Swansea
Rotherham vs Preston
Sheffield Wednesday vs Birmingham
Stoke vs Bristol City
Wigan vs Sheffield United

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Match Reports

Forest 4-2 Leeds

1 January 2019

Nottingham Forest started 2019 with a win as they came out on top of an entertaining game against Leeds United at The City Ground.

Jack Colback scored twice with Daryl Murphy and Ben Osborn also on target as Forest secured their first win in five games to climb back up to seventh in the table.

Ten-man Leeds, who had Kalvin Phillips sent off in the first half, had turned it around after Colback's opener as they went ahead through Jack Clarke and Ezgjan Alioski but Forest hit back to take a vital three points.

Forest were dealt a blow early on as Michael Hefele was forced off through injury, with Adlene Guedioura taking his place and Claudio Yacob slotting in at centre back.

But that blow didn't affect The Reds as they took a fifth-minute lead through Colback. A long ball over the top saw the midfielder chase it down, forcing Leeds' Adam Forshaw into a short back pass which Colback latched onto and coolly rounded Bailey Peacock-Farrell to give Forest a great start.

It was almost two on 12 minutes as a corner from the left-hand side was swung into the box and Yacob met it but saw his header clip the outside of the post and go behind.

The visitors then started to make their mark on the game, with Jack Harrison racing through on goal only to be hauled down by Jack Robinson who was shown a yellow card, with Barry Douglas, Alioski and Kemar Roofe all then going close.

Leeds made it harder for themselves on 42 minutes as they were reduced to 10 men. Phillips took a heavy touch of the ball in midfield and as Guedioura stole it off him, the Leeds man lunged in with a dangerous, high tackle and was rightly shown his marching orders.

The Reds should have taken a two-goal lead into the break as Joe Lolley had a golden chance right on half-time. Daryl Murphy played the winger in on goal but Peacock-Farrell came out on top in the one-on-one.

Despite having 10 men, it was the visitors who started the second half strongly and they levelled the game on 53 minutes through substitute Clarke. With the Forest defence caught out of position, Clarke was there at the back post to fire low past Pantilimon and swing the momentum the visitors' way.

They made the most of that as they took the lead just after the hour mark. A deep cross to the back post was headed back across goal by Pontus Jansson and Alioski was on hand to fire into the roof of the net from close range.

The Reds responded brilliantly to the setback and within five minutes were level. A corner to the back post wasn't cleared, Robinson headed it down to the edge of the area and Colback was there to fire home his second of the game and draw Forest level.

The second turnaround of the game was complete on 72 minutes as Murphy fired Forest back into the lead. Another corner drifted towards the back post where Murphy arrived to power a header into the ground and into the corner of the net, away from the despairing dive of Peacock-Farrell.

It got even better for Forest as substitute Ben Osborn fired in a brilliant fourth goal to create some breathing space. The excellent Murphy played a clever ball down the left side of the penalty, Osborn cut inside and unleashed a fierce right-footed shot which crashed into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

The Reds had to be alert as a smart save by Pantilimon denied Roofe at the other end but it was a fine all-round performance from Forest as they returned to winning ways at The City Ground.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Hefele (Guedioura 4'), Fox (c), Robinson, Yacob, Colback, Cash, Carvalho, Lolley (Osborn 65'), Murphy (Appiah 90')

Unused subs: Steele, Janko, Yates, Dias

Goals: Colback 5', 69', Murphy 72', Osborn 77'

Bookings: Robinson 14', Darikwa 81'

Leeds: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling (c), Jansson, Phillips, Douglas (Roberts 78'), Forshaw, Klich, Harrison (Clarke 46'), Hernandez, Alioski, Roofe

Unused subs: Huffer, Baker, Davis, Shackleton, Halme

Goals: Clarke 53', Alioski 64'

Sent off: Phillips 42'

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 29,530 (2,000 away)

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Please arrive early for Leeds clash

31 December 2018

Nottingham Forest supporters are asked to arrive as early as possible for the New Year's Day game against Leeds United.

A sell-out crowd will be in place for the game against Marcelo Bielsa's side and any supporters looking to upgrade their tickets are asked to do so as early as possible to ensure they are in the ground in time for kick-off.

Ticket collections

Supporters collecting tickets for Saturday’s game are asked to collect as early as possible in order to avoid long queues on matchday and to prevent other fans from missing kick-off. 

Tickets can be collected directly from the main ticket office before 12pm on matchday and from the Brian Clough Stand collections office from 12.30pm onwards.

This collection point is situated at the corner of the Brian Clough Stand and Trent End.

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