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Match preview: Forest vs Wigan

25 January 2019

Nottingham Forest look to get back to winning ways on Saturday as Wigan Athletic visit The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds lost out 1-0 to Bristol City last time out in Martin O'Neill's first game in charge and will be hoping to get their first points under the new manager.

Wigan haven't won on the road since August and will be looking to pick up some vital points in their battle at the bottom of the table, providing Forest with a tough test on Trentside.

Team news

Forest will be without Michael Hefele who has been ruled out as he undergoes surgery on his injury. Michael Dawson also remains sidelined through injury with Tobias Figueiredo, as does Tendayi Darikwa who serves the second of his three-game ban.

Danny Fox is available however, following the completion of his suspension.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Wigan manager Paul Cook knows his side face a tough test against The Reds in front of a packed City Ground crowd.

He said: "I was very disappointed at Sheffield Wednesday because, having hit the heights we did against Aston Villa, to go away from home and perform how we did was really disappointing for me, it really was.

"We move on, though, we go into another tough game against Nottingham Forest tomorrow and it is a game that we are determined to do well in.

"I think Martin is a proven, very successful manager and I think Nottingham Forest have a calibre of player that is there for all to see.

"If they decide to play with Daryl Murphy and Lewis Grabban up front, then they are good players, aren't they?

"Nottingham Forest are a very strong club, not dissimilar to Sheffield Wednesday last week, where they are craving success but the supporters support their team through thick and thin."

One to watch - Joe Garner

With Will Grigg and Nick Powell both sidelined through injury, the goalscoring task falls to former Red Joe Garner.

With four goals to his name this season, Garner will be keen to add to his tally as he returns to The City Ground.

Head to head

Forest wins - 3
Wigan wins - 4
Draws - 6

Last time out - Wigan 2-2 Forest (Saturday 18th August, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)


There is set to be another sell-out at The City Ground with all general admission tickets now sold for tomorrow's game.


iFollow Forest will have the action live, with a live stream of the game for international subscribers and audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham also available.

There will 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 Saturday:

Aston Villa vs Ipswich
Blackburn vs Hull
Norwich vs Sheffield United
Rotherham vs Leeds
Stoke vs Preston

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Match Reports

Forest 3-1 Wigan

26 January 2019

Martin O’Neill secured his first victory as Nottingham Forest manager as The Reds defeated Wigan Athletic 3-1 at The City Ground this afternoon.

Goals from Joe Lolley – on his 50th appearance for the club – Matty Cash and Adlene Guedioura secured a vital three points for The Reds as they returned to winning ways in front of a packed Trentside crowd.

Josh Windass had levelled for Wigan in the first half and Costel Pantilimon had to be on hand to save a late Joe Garner penalty but it was a determined and accomplished display from The Reds to secure the win.

There was a fairly subdued opening to the game with neither side looking to commit too many men forward. Reece James fired a free kick wide of the target on 14 minutes for the visitors and on 19 The Reds took the lead with their first effort of the game.

Ben Watson, recalled to the starting line-up, played a raking pass out to the left which Lolley controlled. After a one-two with Ben Osborn, Lolley found himself in acres of space and crashed a low shot from 25 yards in off the post to score the first goal under Martin O'Neill and give Forest an early advantage.

The visitors had a couple of opportunities to level before the half-hour mark, however, as Kal Naismith hit a free kick which forced Pantilimon to parry over the crossbar and then Nathan Byrne missed a glorious chance as he headed over when unmarked in the six-yard box.

On 33 minutes though, they levelled as Windass pulled Wigan back on terms. The former Rangers man hit a crisp, low shot from outside of the area which Pantilimon got a hand to but couldn't prevent it from nestling into the corner of the net.

Cash fired just wide of the target on 35 as The Reds looked to immediately restore their lead and he then had an effort from close range deflected over the bar when it looked destined for the back of the net.

Cash did get his goal, however, just three minutes after the restart as Guedioura's excellent pass found him on the right-hand side. Cash cut inside his man and hit a low, left-footed effort which proved too much for Jamie Jones to handle as it sneaked inside the post.

There was almost an immediate response from Wigan as Pantilimon had to be brave to deny Byrne, but the goal had given The Reds a lift and it could have got better for Cash and Forest on 56 as he met Lolley's inviting cross at the back post, somehow heading wide of the mark from the corner of the six-yard box.

It did get better with 10 minutes to go though as another shot from outside of the box, this time from Guedioura flashed across Jones and into the net via the far post to give The Reds a two-goal cushion.

The visitors responded well again, this time as Reece James curled a free kick on to the post on 83 and from the loose ball, substitute Claudio Yacob hauled down Windass in the area to give The Latics hope.

However, former Red Joe Garner was denied by a fine stop by Pantilimon from the penalty spot, with the Romanian keeper alert to keep out the follow-up effort from Sam Morsy too, as Forest held out to secure a big three points on Trentside.

Forest: Pantilimon, Janko, Benalouane, Robinson, Osborn, Watson (c), Cash, Guedioura (Yacob 81'), Colback, Lolley, Murphy (Grabban 72')

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

Goals: Lolley 19', Cash 48', Guedioura 80'

Bookings: Watson 27', Cash 30', Benalouane 41', Colback 90'

Wigan: Jones, James, Dunkley, Kipre, Naismith, Gibson (McManaman 78'), Morsy (c), Byrne, Windass, Jacobs (Roberts 89'), Vaughan (Garner 73')

Unused subs: Walton, Macdonald, Connolly, Evans

Goal: Windass 33'

Bookings: Morsy 58', Byrne 70'

Referee: Andy Davies

Attendance: 28,848 (1,436 away)

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Ticket News

General admission sell-out for Wigan!

25 January 2019

General admission tickets for Nottingham Forest's home game against Wigan Athletic have now sold out.

Only 50 tickets remain in the hospitality areas for tomorrow's game and these are now the only way to gain access to see Martin O'Neill's men take on The Latics.

The City Ground has now been a general admission sell-out for three home games in a row following the incredible levels of support shown for the matches against Leeds United and Bristol City.

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.


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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