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13 March 2019 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Match preview: Forest vs Aston Villa

13 March 2019

The play-off race is heating up as Nottingham Forest welcome Aston Villa to The City Ground in the Sky Bet Championship this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

A win for Forest, making it back-to-back wins following the victory over Hull on the weekend, could see them climb into the top six if results go their way.

Aston Villa will be in buoyant mood following their derby-day victory against Birmingham and The Villans are far from out of the play-off picture themselves heading into the big game.

Team news

Lewis Grabban is set to miss out again for The Reds as he continues to recover from an Achilles injury, as is Matty Cash with a similar problem.

Jack Robinson serves the second game of this two-match ban with Ben Osborn set to continue at full back.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith has urged his side to take it one game at a time as they visit The City Ground tonight.

He said: "We are just taking it one game at a time. We have another game against Nottingham Forest to try to get another three points. It is little targets all the time."

Midfielder Conor Hourihane added: "Everyone is going to be saying we have won back-to-back games and given ourselves a chance.

"But we are still a few points off. We need to win as many games as possible and have the mentality of trying to win every game. There is always a team who creeps in. Why can't it be us?

"It won't be easy these next two games. Both Forest and Middlesbrough are fighting for the same thing.

"We need that togetherness and resilience for the next few games."

One to watch - Jack Grealish

Aston Villa's talisman Jack Grealish has returned to the side following injury with good effect, scoring against Derby County and then netting the winner in the victory over Birmingham on the weekend.

Head to head

Forest wins - 37
Aston Villa wins - 58
Draws - 30

Last time out - Aston Villa 5-5 Forest (Wednesday 28th November, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Coverage

As the match is being shown live on Sky Sports, there will be no live broadcast available on iFollow Forest. Audio commentary of the game, provided by BBC Radio Nottingham, is available, however.

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

Tickets

Tickets for the game are extremely limited with another capacity crowd expected for the game. Supporters are encouraged to arrive as early as possible if collecting or upgrading match tickets. Full ticket information can be found here.

Other fixtures

Tuesday's results

Blackburn 3-0 Wigan
Bristol City 1-1 Ipswich
Sheffield United 2-0 Brentford
Bolton 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday
Reading 0-3 Leeds

Wednesday's fixtures (to be played at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated)

Birmingham vs Millwall
Derby vs Stoke
Middlesbrough vs Preston
Norwich vs Hull
QPR vs Rotherham
West Brom vs Swansea (8pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 1-3 Aston Villa

13 March 2019

Nottingham Forest's play-off hopes were dealt a blow this evening after they were beaten 3-1 by Aston Villa at The City Ground.

Jack Colback's fourth minute opener got The Reds off to a great start but two strikes from Villa's John McGinn before Kortney Hause's goal sealed the three points for the visitors.

Martin O'Neill made two changes to the side that beat Hull City at the weekend with Karim Ansarifard and Joao Carvalho coming into the side to replace Daryl Murphy and Leo Bonatini who dropped to the bench.

The Reds got off to the perfect start after just four minutes when Colback put his side into the lead. A superb run from Joe Lolley brought Forest forward before he played the ball out wide to the midfielder. Colback saw Jed Steer off his line and lobbed the ball over his head. But like the previous fixture between the two teams, there was quickly a second goal.

A long ball forward was latched onto by John McGinn who beat Colback in a race before cutting inside in the penalty area and lashing the ball past Costel Pantilimon to put Villa level. The visitors could have taken the lead soon after when a corner found the head of Tammy Abraham who was free, but he headed it wide of the target.

The Villans were in the ascendancy and they thought they had scored when a Jack Grealish free-kick found the head of Anwar El Ghazi at the back post who headed home, but he was offside. McGinn then had his and Villa's second of the night on 15 minutes when he drilled in a low effort which hit the post and bounced in.

Pele had a glorious chance to draw his side level on 24 minutes when a Lolley free-kick went all the way through to the midfielder at the back post who hit it first time, seeing his strike go narrowly over the target.

Karim Ansarifard was unlucky when he intercepted a loose pass, allowing him to go through on goal, before Kortney Hause hauled him down. The defender was shown a yellow card by referee Mike Dean. Ansarifard was then shown a yellow card himself for simulation on the edge of the Villa box.

An action-packed first half continued as Tammy Abraham twisted in the box before unleashing a low shot which Pantilimon did well to push away for a corner. The Reds heaped on the pressure before the break but couldn't break down a resolute Villa defence who went into the break a goal up.

Just two minutes into the second half and Forest had a goal disallowed through Yohan Benalouane who headed in from a corner, but he was ruled to have pushed the Villa defender. A tidy piece of play from The Reds allowed Lolley the chance to shoot who took on a volleyed effort from outside the area, which sailed wide of the target. Alex Milosevic was then shown a yellow card for bringing down Grealish who looked to break forward.

From the resultant free-kick, the ball was bundled home by Hause who put the away side 3-1 up, leaving Forest with it all to do for the remainder of the game. Forest then made their first substitution with Daryl Murphy replacing Ansarifard. Full-back Neil Taylor was also shown a yellow card for time wasting.

Adlene Guedioura was the next man to come on for The Reds in place of Pele, before Diogo Goncalves replaced Ryan Yates with 15 minutes remaining. There was then a change in officials as the fourth official took the place of the linesman.

Forest were inches away from grabbing a goal back when a teasing Lolley cross just needed a touch from Murphy, but the substitute failed to connect with it properly allowing 'keeper Jed Steer to claim it. The Reds began to get frustrated and Colback was next to be shown a yellow card.

Villa then hit the post on the break as McGinn raced into the area and drilled a low effort against the far before Lolley shot wide of the target at the other end as Forest's four-match unbeaten run came to an end.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Milosevic, Benalouane, Osborn, Colback, Pele (Guedioura 71'), Yates (Goncalves 76'), Carvalho, Lolley, Ansarifard (Murphy 62')

Subs not used: Steele, Watson, Wague, Bonatini

Goal: Colback 3'

Bookings: Ansarifard 29', Milosevic 61', Colback 86'

Aston Villa: Steer, Taylor, Mings, Hause, Elmohamady, McGinn, Grealish (Whelan 87'), Hourihane, El Ghazi (Adomah 64'), Abraham (Kodjia 72'), Green

Subs not used: Kalinic, Carroll, Jedinak, Bjarnason

Goals: McGinn 7', 15', Hause 61'

Bookings: Hause 27', Taylor 65', Kodjia 90'

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 29,224 (2,002 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Aston Villa (H)

12 March 2019

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

All eyes will be on The City Ground for The Villans' visit (Wednesday 13th March, kick-off 7.45pm) following the quite remarkable events at Villa Park in November which saw The Reds rescue a 5-5 draw with 10 men.

Tickets are now on general sale with adult tickets priced at £28 and Under 12s just £6. Full sales information can be found below:

  Pre-matchday Matchday
Adults £28 £30
Seniors (65+) £22 £24
Youths (18-23) £14 £14
Juniors (12-17) £12 £12
Kids (4-11) £6 £6

Dates of sale

On sale to Date
Season card holders and home members Monday 11th February - 9am
General sale Thursday 14th February - 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 £60 (+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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