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Match preview: Bolton vs Forest

23 October 2018

Nottingham Forest aim to bounce back as they head to the University of Bolton Stadium to take on Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday night (kick-off 8pm).

The Reds lost their first home game of the season against Norwich on Saturday but they will be looking to make it back-to-back away wins following their victory over Middlesbrough on the road two weeks ago.

Bolton survived on the final day of last season and they will be hoping to be well clear of the relegation places in this campaign, and head into the midweek round of fixtures in 18th spot.

Team news

Aitor Karanka has a few doubts over players who picked up knocks in Saturday's game against Norwich and admitted that he could make some changes.

Jack Robinson is available for selection following the completion of his one-game suspension.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Following the draw with Rotherham on the weekend, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson wants his side to take that positive result into their two home games this week.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw at the New York Stadium, he said: "Our aim today was to ensure that we went into these two games with a positive result and although we would have loved to have taken all three points, this point sets us up nicely for a great week ahead where the squad will be utilised.

"It was blood and thunder as we expected and was a different type of game to what you usually get in the Sky Bet Championship.

"We had to handle their long balls into the box from throw-ins and set-plays and I thought in the main, we did that well.

"We always want three points, but you should never undervalue one, especially away from home and at a place like Rotherham. This is a tough place to come and a lot of teams will find that this season."

One to watch - Josh Magennis

Summer signing Josh Magennis made a strong start to life at Bolton, hitting four goals in the opening seven games.

After a prolific spell in League One with Charlton, the Northern Irish international will certainly be one to watch on Wednesday night.

Head to head

Forest wins - 34
Bolton wins - 32
Draws - 26

Last time out - Bolton 3-2 Forest (Sunday 6th May, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)


Tickets for Wednesday night's match against Bolton are no longer available from the Nottingham Forest ticket office, but can be purchased on arrival at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Full ticket information can be found here.


The match is available to watch on iFollow Forest in the UK and abroad. You can buy a match pass for just £10 and watch all the action with a four-camera feed and commentary from BBC Radio Nottingham.

Audio commentary only is also available, while there will be full coverage of the game via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Full information on tomorrow's iFollow options can be found here.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated:

Birmingham vs Reading
Middlesbrough vs Rotherham
Millwall vs Wigan
Norwich vs Aston Villa
QPR vs Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United vs Stoke
Swansea vs Blackburn

Bristol City vs Hull
Leeds vs Ipswich
Preston vs Brentford
West Brom vs Derby (8pm)

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Match Reports

Bolton 0-3 Forest

24 October 2018

A Lewis Grabban brace helped Nottingham Forest to a convincing victory over Bolton Wanderers and the University of Bolton Stadium this evening.

Joe Lolley had given The Reds a first-half lead with a fine goal on the counter attack before Grabban struck, once from the penalty spot, to ensure Forest returned to winning ways.

The frontman also saw a spot kick saved by keeper Ben Alnwick but it didn't matter as Forest came away with all three points.

Aitor Karanka made four changes to the side which lost against Norwich on Saturday, with Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Dawson, Jack Robinson and Adlene Guedioura all coming into the starting line-up.

The Reds made a great start to the game and could have taken the lead inside the opening minute had Gil Dias made more of his opportunity to get in behind the Bolton defence.

But Forest were on top and were pinning the home side in their defensive third, looking to carve them open at every opportunity.

The opening goal came from a sweeping counter attack however as Joe Lolley struck on 12 minutes. The winger charged through the middle of the pitch and played a one-two with Lewis Grabban on the edge of the box before rifling an effort into the top corner for a deserved lead.

After the positive start for Forest, Bolton tried to get back on level terms but lacked quality in the final third to create any clear openings, while the Forest defence also stood firm.

The Reds started the second half strongly, with Gil Dias bending an effort towards the far corner which keeper Ben Alnwick palmed away, but from the follow-up Grabban was brought down in the area for a penalty kick on 55.

The frontman picked himself up to take the kick but Alnwick dived to his left to palm away the shot and keep the score at one.

But Grabban made amends just after the hour mark as he put The Reds firmly in control. Joao Carvalho's through ball was straight into the path of Grabban who raced through on goal before calmly lifting the ball over Alnwick to give Forest some breathing space.

That breathing space got bigger with seven minutes to go as Forest got another penalty which Grabban converted this time. Substitute Hillal Soudani saw his shot parried by Alnwick who then brought Grabban down in the area, with the Forest man stepping up to hit his shot in the same corner but this time having too much for the Bolton keeper.

Forest looked comfortable in the closing stages and could even have snatched a fourth on the break, but they take a convincing win back to Nottingham ahead of the trip to face Leeds United on Saturday.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Figueiredo, Dawson (c), Robinson, Colback, Guedioura, Dias (Cash 67'), Carvalho (Soudani 79'), Lolley (Osborn 86'), Grabban

Unused subs: Steele, Watson, Janko, Hefele

Goals: Lolley 12', Grabban 64', pen 83'

Bookings: Figueiredo 38', Carvalho 66'

Bolton: Alnwick, Little, Hobbs, Wheater (c), Taylor (Doidge 75'), Lowe (Oztumer 69') Vela, Williams, Wildschut (Donaldson 46'), Noone, Magennis

Unused subs: Matthews, Wilson, Dyer, Murphy

Booking: Lowe 16'

Referee: Andy Davies

Attendance: 13,195 (1,001 away)

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Ticket News

Pay on the day at Bolton

23 October 2018

Nottingham Forest supporters will be able to purchase tickets on arrival at the University of Bolton Stadium when The Reds take on Bolton on Wednesday night (kick-off 8pm).

Tickets remain available via the Nottingham Forest ticket office until 2pm on Tuesday and then can be purchased from the turnstiles at Block F of the South Stand, cash only, from 7pm on Wednesday.

The club have received an initial allocation of 1,100 seat tickets located in the upper tier of the South Stand and are now on general sale.

Supporters who have registered a disability with Nottingham Forest and who are receiving any rate of care or mobility can claim their tickets either over the phone or in-person at the ticket office.

Bolton Wanderers vs Nottingham Forest

Wednesday 24th October - 8pm

Initial allocation: 1,100

Match ticket prices

Adults £30
Over 65s £24
Under 23s £24
Under 18s £12
Under 12s £10

Wheelchair bay prices

Adults £26
Over 65s £20
Under 23s £20
Under 18s £12
Under 12s £10

Sale dates

On sale to Date How
Away members Friday 28th September Online only
Season card holders Tuesday 2nd October Online only
Season card holders Friday 5th October Online/Phones/In-person
Home members Friday 12th October Online/Phones/In-person
General sale* Monday 15th October Online/Phones/In-person

*Subject to availablility

Official coach travel

Official coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand at 3pm and is priced at £21.

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