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Match preview: Stoke vs Forest

1 March 2019

Nottingham Forest look to continue their impressive league form and make it five games unbeaten when they visit Stoke City tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds overcame local rivals Derby County on Monday night and are in buoyant mood as they look to close the gap on the play-off positions even further. 

Victory and results going their way could see Forest climb into the top six as they make their first visit to Stoke since 2004.

Team news

Lewis Grabban remains sidelined for The Reds with Daryl Murphy expected to continue up front.

The Reds have no new injury concerns ahead of the trip to the bet365 Stadium.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Stoke boss Nathan Jones is looking for his side to finish the season strongly as they get set to welcome The Reds on Saturday.

He said: "At no point will we be just looking for next season. We want to win as many games as we can and see where we can go.

"Yes, we would like to win 12 games - if we win 12 games, who knows what happens. Eleven, 10... again, who knows what happens.

"What we have to do is be as positive as we can.

"If we win a certain amount of games it gives us momentum, even if it's not quite achieving anything this year.

One to watch - Joe Allen

The Welsh midfielder is a key component in the middle of the park for Stoke and has chipped in with six goals this season.

Head to head

Forest wins - 44
Stoke wins - 30
Draws - 31

Tickets

Tickets for the game have sold out for Nottingham Forest supporters, with The Reds set to be backed by the full allocation of 2,900.

Coverage

The game will be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham also available.

There will be full coverage of the game via 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:

Leeds vs West Brom (Friday, 7.45pm)
Aston Villa vs Derby
Brentford vs QPR
Hull vs Birmingham
Ipswich vs Reading
Millwall vs Norwich
Preston vs Bristol City
Rotherham vs Blackburn
Swansea vs Bolton
Wigan vs Middlesbrough
Sheffield Wednesday vs Sheffield United (Monday, 7.45pm)

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Match Reports

Stoke 2-0 Forest

2 March 2019

Nottingham Forest's play-off hopes suffered a blow as they were beaten 2-0 by Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium.

A goal in each half from Peter Etebo and Benik Afobe saw The Potters to victory as Martin O'Neill's men were unable to back up their thrilling East Midlands derby win on Monday night.

O'Neill named an unchanged starting 11 and substitutes' bench for the trip to Staffordshire and both sides showed attacking threat within the opening five minutes. Former Forest loanee Tom Ince tested Costel Pantilimon from outside the area before Ryan Yates nearly got on the end of Joe Lolley's delivery.

Ten minutes later the home side took the lead. Ince again caused problems for Forest by cutting inside and laying the ball to Peter Etebo who produced a well-placed finish beyond Pantilimon into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.

That goal seemed to kill off any early momentum as both sides struggled in the windy conditions and although Forest continued to look to the left and involve Lolley as much as possible, Bruno Martins Indi was winning that early battle for the home side.

The Reds did manage their first effort on target five minutes into the second half as Jack Robinson unleashed an effort from the corner of the penalty which Jack Butland had to get down well to save and preserve the hosts' lead.

O’Neill made his first change of the match as he brought on João Carvalho in place of Ben Watson while the hosts responded by bringing on James McClean for Bojan Krkic as they were finding possession hard to come by in the early stages of the half.

Forest couldn't find the equaliser their bright start to the second half had deserved and on 74 minutes the home side doubled their lead through an impressive strike from Afobe. The striker managed to hold off the challenges of two Forest defenders and hit a powerful shot across Pantilimon and in off the far post.

The visitors were still coming forward in search of a way back into the match with substitute Adlene Guedioura coming close on two occasions but he was unable to find that elusive goal as The Reds fell to their first defeat in five.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Milosevic, Benalouane, Robinson (Bonatini 71'), Watson (Carvalho 53'), Lolley, Yates (Guedioura 64'), Colback, Osborn, Murphy

Subs not used: Steele, Wague, Goncalves, Pele

Bookings: Robinson 61', Benalouane 85'

Stoke: Butland, Edwards, Shawcross, Batth, Martins Indi, Ince, Clucas, Allen, Etebo (Adam 66'), Bojan (McClean 59'), Afobe

Subs not used: Federici, Bauer, Williams, Diouf, Woods

Goals: Etebo 15', Afobe 74'

Bookings: McClean 87', Adam 90'

Referee: Roger East

Attendance: 26,736 (2,895 away)

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Ticket News

Stoke tickets sold out

27 February 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Stoke City are now sold out.

Forest supporters have snapped up all 2,900 tickets for the trip to the bet365 Stadium on Saturday 2nd March (kick-off 3pm) and no further tickets will be made available.

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 11.45am and is priced at £19. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

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