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Match preview: Forest vs Hull

8 March 2019

There will be another sell-out crowd at The City Ground as Nottingham Forest welcome Hull City on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

With a fifth capacity crowd of 2019 set to descend on Trentside, the fans have certainly played their part in backing The Reds as they look to tame The Tigers.

Both sides will be seeking the vital three points to keep their play-off pushes alive, with Forest and Hull going into the game level on points in the hunt for a top six spot. 

Team news

Manager Martin O'Neill has provided an update on the latest team news which you can read here.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins is looking forward to visiting The City Ground for the game between two play-off contenders.

"There's a real focus about the players and we've just highlighted the situation of where we are in the league at this moment in time," said Adkins.

"There's everything for us to gain and so we need to make sure that we do all of the little things right and have that focus to do well. The camaraderie is good, which is important, and the team and the fans have a togetherness. This game against Nottingham Forest is the first game in what is a big week for us.

"We're four points off the play-off places with 11 games to play, so we're in the race. Let's be honest, we're chasing but let's be excited about it. Instead of fending off relegation we're chasing a play-off spot. I'm sure a lot of people would have taken this situation before a ball had been kicked this season.

"We're going to Nottingham Forest knowing that it's going to be a tough game, but we'll have a great away following behind us. It's about the here and the now, and grasping the opportunity that has presented itself as a result of all of the hard work from a lot of people."

One to watch - Jarrod Bowen

Hull's star man this season, Jarrod Bowen has scored 18 times as The Tigers mount a play-off push.

Head to head

Forest wins - 30
Hull wins - 27
Draws - 9

Last time out - Hull 0-2 Forest (Saturday 24th November, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)


All tickets for the match have sold out, with no further being made available.

Tickets are available for our next match against Aston Villa on Wednesday night at The City Ground, however. Full details can be found here.


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

There will be full coverage on 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 Swansea (Friday, 7.45pm)
Blackburn vs Preston (12pm)
Sheffield United vs Rotherham (12.15pm)
Bolton vs Millwall
Bristol City vs Leeds
Derby vs Sheffield Wednesday
Middlesbrough vs Brentford
QPR vs Stoke
Reading vs Wigan
West Brom vs Ipswich
Birminghamvs Aston Villa (Sunday, 12pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 3-0 Hull

9 March 2019

Nottingham Forest's play-off hopes were boosted on Saturday afternoon after they secured a terrific 3-0 win over Hull City at The City Ground.

A stunning strike from Joao Carvalho on his birthday was quickly followed by a Karim Ansarifard strike, before Joe Lolley's penalty sealed all three points for The Reds.

Martin O'Neill made two changes to the side that lost at Stoke City last weekend with Pele and Leo Bonatini coming into the team in place of Jack Robinson and Ben Watson.

The first chance went the way of Forest and it was from an unlikely source. Yohan Benalouane intercepted the ball on halfway and tried his luck with a half-volley that went wide of the target.

Hull's first opportunity then came after some clever work from Eric Lichaj and Kamil Grosicki, allowing the latter to feed through a pass for Jarrod Bowen whose prodded effort went wide of the target. Bonatini then tried to carve an opportunity for The Reds, sliding it to Osborn who cut inside and fired an effort straight into the hands of David Marshall.

The Reds had their best chance of the half shortly before 30 minutes when a powerful run from Lolley saw the winger race into the area and shoot, but his effort was well blocked away from danger. It was then Grosicki's turn to try and break the deadlock for the visitors when he weaved his way down the flank, cut inside and drilled a low shot which Costel Pantilimon saved at his near post.

Forest had a final opportunity on the brink of half-time when a cross found Ryan Yates at the back post. The academy graduate nodded it back to Lolley in the centre who tried to loop a header towards goal which went harmlessly over the target. Yates was then shown a yellow card when he handled the ball towards goal from a free-kick, as the two sides went in level.

The Reds were inches away from taking the lead in the opening few minutes of the second-half. Lolley's corner from the left was headed towards goal by Alexander Milosevic, forcing a superb save from Marshall in the Hull goal. The Tigers then made a double substitution with Chris Martin and Marc Pugh being replaced by Fraizer Campbell and Evandro Goebel.

O'Neill then made his first change with Bonatini coming off to be replaced by Ansarifard. Forest were beginning to push forward and just needed the ball to break for them; Osborn's deep cross finding the head of Yates who nodded into the arms of Marshall was the closest they came.

Ansarifard was shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Reece Burke, before Joao Carvalho came on to replace Daryl Murphy. Yates then had another superb chance when he kept the ball in play on the far side from Osborn's cross, firing a left-footed strike towards the corner which Marshall somehow tipped wide.

Carvalho then incredibly fired Forest into the lead. The ball broke to the Portuguese on the edge of the box and he lashed in a stunning strike off the post to send The City Ground into delirium.

Forest soon doubled their lead through Ansarifard. Lolley brought the ball forward and fired in a right-footed shot which rebounded off the post and straight into the path of the Iranian international, who slotted it into the net.

O'Neill's side were in the ascendancy and that showed when they were awarded a penalty after Jack Colback was tripped inside the area. Lolley stepped up and coolly converted the spot-kick to put The Reds three up.

Diogo Goncalves then replaced Lolley with five minutes remaining. Bowen could have scored a late consolation for The Tigers when he was found in space on the right, but his shot was well saved by Pantilimon, as The Reds secured a vital three points at The City Ground.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Milosevic, Benalouane, Osborn, Yates, Pele, Colback, Lolley (Goncalves 87'), Bonatini (Ansarifard 59'), Murphy (Carvalho 68')

Unused subs: Steele, Guedioura, Watson, Wague

Goals: Carvalho 72', Ansarifard 76' Lolley pen 82'

Bookings: Yates 45', Ansarifard 67'

Hull: Marshall, Kane, Burke, de Wijs, Lichaj, Bowen, Henriksen, Irvine, Gorsicki, Pugh (Evandro 54'), Martin (Campbell 54')

Unused subs: Long, Stewart, Milinkovic, McKenzie, Ridgewell 

Booking: Irvine 58'

Referee: James Linington

Attendance: 29,397 (away 1,963)

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Ticket News

General admission sell-out for Hull clash

8 March 2019

General admission tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship clash with Hull City have now sold out.

The continued outstanding support from the Forest faithful means that five of the last six matches at The City Ground have now been sold out.

Only a handful of Legends' Lounge hospitality packages remain available at £50 (+VAT) per person for adults and £30 (+VAT) per person for Under 16s.

For more information or to book, please call 0115 982 4450 or email

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