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Match preview: Forest vs Norwich

19 October 2018

After the international break, Nottingham Forest return to action at The City Ground as Norwich City are the visitors on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds were in fine form prior to the break, with an unbeaten run of seven games and coming away with a fantastic 2-0 win against Middlesbrough prior to the two-week interval.

Aitor Karanka's men will be looking to carry on climbing the table against The Canaries, who are in good shape themselves in the Championship.

Team news

Aitor Karanka has doubts in the left back spot for tomorrow's game. With Jack Robinson suspended, Ben Osborn is a doubt having picked up a knock in training. Danny Fox could shuffle over from centre back to cover while Tendayi Darikwa and Saidy Janko are also options.

Michael Dawson has fully recovered from his blow to the head at Middlesbrough, while Diogo Goncalves is available again having completed his suspension.

From the Forest camp

The Norwich view

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke knows that The City Ground is a tough place to visit and is expecting a difficult match against The Reds.

He said: "I liked a lot what Forest did in the summer. They brought in real quality and brought in players that fit Karanka's style.

"It's a tough place to go but every game is tough at this level. We have many high quality opponents coming up. We know we are capable of beating these high quality teams.

"It's a tough place to go. No one in the league likes to play against Norwich at the moment though. We believe in our strengths. We are now pretty much settled in the way we wanted to play. I'm pretty sure that we can go further on in the same way."

One to watch - Jordan Rhodes

With top scorer Teemu Pukki ruled out through injury, Jordan Rhodes is likely to deputise up front for Norwich City.

The frontman has been prolific in the Championship over the years and has already found the net five times this season.

Head to head

Forest wins - 28
Norwich wins - 26
Draws - 17

Last visit - Forest 1-0 Norwich (Tuesday 21st November, 2017 - Sky Bet Championship)


There are less than 200 tickets remaining with a capacity crowd expected at The City Ground.

Less than half of the seats still available are together with the remainder being single seats and the club cannot guarantee that there will be any seats left to sell on matchday. 

Full ticket information can be found here.


The game will be available to watch on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, while audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will also be available.

There will also be full match coverage 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:

Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough (Friday, 7.45pm)
Blackburn vs Leeds (12pm)
Aston Villa vs Swansea
Brentford vs Bristol City
Hull vs Preston
Ipswich vs QPR
Reading vs Millwall
Rotherham vs Bolton
Stoke vs Birmingham
Wigan vs West Brom
Derby vs Sheffield United (5.30pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 1-2 Norwich

20 October 2018

Nottingham Forest suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hand of Norwich City this afternoon, consigning them to their first home loss of the campaign.

Lewis Grabban had given The Reds the perfect start on five minutes with his opener, but two second-half strikes by Timm Klose saw Norwich leave The City Ground with all three points.

Aitor Karanka made three changes to the side which defeated Middlesbrough before the international break, with Michael Hefele, Ben Osborn and Lewis Grabban all coming into the starting line-up.

The Reds came straight out of the blocks at the start and created a couple of early openings, with Joao Carvalho chipping a ball over the top of the defence for Grabban which had just a little too much on it.

But after five minutes the pair got it spot on as Carvalho dinked an exquisite pass over the stranded Norwich defence, allowing Grabban to volley home from 10 yards out.

Forest continued to pour forward in the opening stages; Grabban fired a difficult chance over the bar from a Joe Lolley cross, then Lolley himself received a sublime cross-field pass from Tendayi Darikwa to weave into the area and rattle the crossbar with a right-footed effort.

The Reds nearly let their good start go to waste however, as the visitors came back into the match. Onel Hernandez was played in behind by Todd Cantwell but his shot clipped the far post with Costel Pantilimon beaten, and then Jordan Rhodes prodded wide from inside the six-yard box.

The second half began in much the same vein with The Canaries on top. Pantilimon was equal to Rhodes' long-range strike on 56 but on the hour the visitors found the leveller that their pressure warranted as Timm Klose headed home from close range following a free kick from the left-hand side.

Forest never really got going in the second period and struggled to build any real rhythm to their play which saw them dominate at the start of the match, allowing the visitors to take control of the game.

And centre back Klose was on hand to complete the comeback for The Canaries as he converted from close range following Pantilimon's save from Rhodes' shot.

There was time for Matty Cash to head agonisingly wide deep into injury time but Forest were condemned to their first defeat on home soil this season.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Hefele, Fox, Osborn, Watson (c), Colback, Dias (Soudani 86'), Carvalho (Cash 61'), Lolley (Goncalves 70'), Grabban

Unused subs: Steele, Guedioura, Dawson, Janko

Goal: Grabban 5'

Bookings: Carvalho 45', Pantilimon 50', Watson 71'

Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Klose, Lewis, Tettey (c), Stiepermann (Vrancic 80'), Hernandez (Buendia 77'), Leitner, Cantwell (Trybull 90'), Rhodes

Unused subs: McGovern, Godfrey, Srbeny, Thompson

Goals: Klose 60', 84'

Bookings: Zimmermann 45', Cantwell 90', Rhodes 90'

Referee: Keith Stroud

Attendance: 29,427 (1,993 away)

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Ticket News

Norwich tickets sold out

19 October 2018

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship clash with Norwich City at The City Ground have now sold out.

Reds supporters have been snapping up tickets throughout the week and there are no remaining general admission tickets available.

There are a number of limited hospitality packages still on sale and these can be booked by emailing More information on the packages available can be found here.

Ticket collections

If you can’t get to the ground this evening to collect your tickets, supporters are requested to collect as early as possible tomorrow in order to avoid long queues on matchday.

The main ticket office is open from 9am tomorrow and your tickets will be available to collect from there until 12pm on matchday.

If you are unable to get to The City Ground until later than that, you can still pick them up from the Brian Clough Stand collections office from 12.30pm onwards. This collection point is situated at the corner of the Brian Clough Stand and Trent End.


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