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30 March 2019 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Match preview: Forest vs Swansea

29 March 2019

The international break is over and Nottingham Forest return to action on Saturday afternoon against Swansea City at The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).

The final push for the play-offs begins this weekend as The Reds go in hunt of that top-six spot with just eight games of the Championship season remaining.

Swansea visit Trentside for the first time since 2011 and will be looking to end their campaign on a high, just as Martin O'Neill's men will be in front of another packed-out City Ground crowd.

Team news

Lewis Grabban is available for selection having recovered from his injury and Matty Cash will also be pushing for a starting spot having made his comeback at Ipswich prior to the international break.

Tobias Figueiredo and Sam Byram are both back in training but Saturday's game may come too soon for their return. 

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Manager Graham Potter wants Swansea City to start turning postive performances into points as they head to face Nottingham Forest. 

He said: "I think we have been performing well, and in terms of how we have trained the boys have been in good spirits, the mood has been good and it has been of a high quality.

"Obviously when you lose games it is not always like that, so it is testament to the players and their understanding of what we are trying to do.

"I feel we have made some progress, we have had three defeats but the performances have been good.

"The challenge for us is to turn those performances into results. We are not naive and we know we have to do that. That's where we are at, but there have been some positive signs.

"It's going to be an intense period coming up, 10 games in six weeks, but we cannot worry too much about what might happen in six weeks time, we have to focus on the here and now."

One to watch - Daniel James

One of Welsh football's brightest talents, Daniel James has emerged as a key player for Swansea City this season with his pace and skill on the ball and he will be again at The City Ground this weekend.

Food bank collection

Nottingham Forest have teamed up with local charity Hope Nottingham to create a food bank collection point for this Saturday's game as the club and the charity look to tackle the increasing issue of families within the city of Nottingham living in poverty.

Located in the Family Red Zone on Saturday, the club and the charity are urging supporters to donate food, drinks and toiletries where they can. The collection will be available from 11am to 2pm in the Brian Clough Stand car park. There will be no vehicle access, so supporters are advised to make their donations on foot.

A full list of items required for donation, and more information about the partnership, can be found here.

Kick It Out matchday

Nottingham Forest are delighted to confirm that tomorrow's match against Swansea City has been dedicated to raising awareness of the work done by Kick It Out.

This season marks the 25th anniversary of the organisation as it continues to be at the heart of the drive towards equality, inclusion and cohesion for everyone who plays, watches or works in football.

Click here for more information. 

Head to head

Forest wins - 24
Swansea wins - 23
Draws - 15

Last time out - Swansea 0-0 Forest (Saturday 15th September, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

Tickets are extremely limited for Saturday's game at The City Ground. Full information can be found here.

Coverage

There will be a live broadcast of the game on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available.

The club's official social media channels will have full coverage of the game, as will the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

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

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Match Reports

Forest 2-1 Swansea

30 March 2019

Nottingham Forest came from behind to secure a dramatic 2-1 victory over Swansea City at The City Ground this afternoon.

Molla Wague's late header added to Daryl Murphy's leveller as Forest came from 1-0 down to score twice in seven minutes and secure a massive three points.

Connor Roberts had scored a fortunate opener for The Swans but two superb headers from corner kicks swung the game in Forest's favour as they returned to winning ways to move within two points of the Championship's top six.

Martin O'Neill made three changes to his Reds side, with Lewis Grabban and Matty Cash both returning to the starting line-up for the first time since injury and Ben Watson recalled to take the captain's armband.

Forest found life difficult against a very adept Swansea side on the ball in the first half. Dan James was a particular threat on the left-hand side with his pace but neither side were able to create any clear-cut chances.

Molla Wague looped a header over and Jack Colback shot wide of the target from the edge of the box with Forest's best chances of the half but the best moment of quality came via the glove of Costel Pantilimon on the stroke of half-time. The Romanian keeper produced a superb diving save to tip Matt Grimes' fizzing effort just round the post as the sides went in all square at the break.

The second half stated in a similar vein with little goalmouth action but on 58 the visitors should have taken the lead through their top scorer Oli McBurnie. Captain Mike van der Hoorn charged through the middle of the pitch before the striker nipped in front of Wague to race into the penalty area. With the goal at his mercy, he somehow missed the target completely as the scores remained level.

George Byers then forced Pantilimon into a smart save as he glanced a header goalwards before Joao Carvalho and Daryl Murphy were both introduced from the bench to add some impetus into the Forest attack.

But it was the visitors who managed to break the deadlock and it came with some good fortune on 76 minutes. Byers' shot from the edge of the area looked to be heading straight towards Pantilimon until Roberts diverted it away from the keeper and into the back of the net.

The Swans' lead didn't last long however as Murphy equalised from a corner. Lolley's in-swinging delivery was superbly flicked on at the near post by the Irishman, who guided the ball into the far corner with Kristoffer Nordfeldt well beaten.

Lolley almost gave Forest the lead a minute later as his looped header was tipped over the bar by Nordfeldt, but from the resulting corner the turnaround was complete as Wague powered home a bullet header to lift the roof off The City Ground.

There was a tense finish to the game as Swansea piled on the pressure but The Reds held firm for a vital three points.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Wague, Benalouane, Osborn, Watson (c) (Carvalho 67'), Colback, Yates (Pele 57'), Cash, Lolley, Grabban (Murphy 67')

Unused subs: Steele, Robinson, Yacob, Ansarifard

Goals: Murphy 80', Wague 87'

Bookings: Lolley 24', Colback 59', Darikwa 69', Benalouane 89'

Swansea: Nordfeldt, Roberts, van der Hoorn (c), Carter-Vickers, Naughton, Grimes, Byers (Baker-Richardson 84'), Dyer (McKay 70'), Celina, James, McBurnie

Unused subs: Benda, Asoro, John, Fulton, Harries

Goal: Roberts 76'

Booking: McBurnie 40'

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Attendance: 28,469 (1,021 away)

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Ticket News

Sell-out for Swansea

29 March 2019

There will be a packed The City Ground tomorrow as Nottingham Forest welcome Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship in front of a sold-out crowd.

The Swans visit Trentside for the first time since the 2011 play-off semi-final and all general admission tickets have now sold out.

Reds supporters have snapped up all tickets available for the game, making it the seventh home sell-out crowd of the eight games played at The City Ground in 2019.

Ticket collections

Supporters collecting tickets for Saturday's game are asked to do so as early as possible in order to avoid long queues on matchday prevent you from missing kick-off. 

The ticket office re-opens at 9am on Saturday where tickets will be available to collect until 12.30pm or from the Brian Clough Stand collections office after 1pm. This collection point is situated at the corner of the Brian Clough Stand and Trent End.

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 £50 (+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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