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29 September 2018 Venue Ewood Park Attendance

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Match preview: Blackburn vs Forest

28 September 2018

Nottingham Forest get back into league action tomorrow when they make the trip to face Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park (kick-off 3pm).

After a hat-trick of home wins, The Reds go on the road as they look to make it four wins in a row for the first time since August 2014. 

Newly-promoted Blackburn have taken well to life back in the Championship and sit 12th in the table ahead of this weekend's fixtures.

Team news

Hillal Soudani continues to be out through injury while Diogo Goncalves serves the first of a three game suspension following his red card against Stoke on Wednesday.

Aitor Karanka has plenty of other options to choose from, however, with impressive performances from the players who came into the side in midweek.

From the Forest camp

The Blackburn view

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray is expecting a good test for his side when Nottingham Forest come to town on Saturday.

Speaking to Blackburn's official website, he said: "It's an opportunity and chances for us to pick up points. At Ewood our home record is good and the next visitors for us are Nottingham Forest, a big football club and two-time European champions.

"It's a good test for us, a tough test, but one we should be looking forward to. I'm sure we'll be as competitive as ever.

"This group, as I talk about a lot, their spirit is their biggest strength. We go into every game with expectations to win, but sometimes when the ball gets rolling on the grass teams make you feel that quality.

"It's about how we react to that, our intensity, our decision making. You can have the biggest heart in the world, but when the game starts you need to see if you can deal with the opponent, the heat in the kitchen."

One to watch - Bradley Dack

Last year's League One Player of the Season has taken to life well in the Championship, firing in four goals in his six outings so far. 

After scoring 18 times last season as well, Dack is certainly Rovers' main threat going forward from midfield.

Head to head

Forest wins - 34
Blackburn wins - 52
Draws - 31

Last time out: Forest 0-1 Blackburn (Friday 14th April, 2017 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

Tickets for tomorrow's game are no longer available from the Nottingham Forest ticket office but can be purchased on arrival (cash only) at Ewood Park.

Full ticket details can be found here

Supporters travelling to Ewood Park by train should be aware of strike action taking place over the weekend which could affect services. Please check train times for delays and cancellations before travelling.

There are also closures on the A50 because of major roadworks, so supporters travelling by car should check their route before setting off.

Coverage

There will be a live stream of the match on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, while audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will also be available.

You can also follow the action 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 Leeds (Friday, 7.45pm)
Bristol City vs Aston Villa (Friday, 8pm)
Birmingham vs Ipswich
Bolton vs Derby
Brentford vs Reading
Hull vs Middlesbrough
Millwall vs Sheffield United
Norwich vs Wigan
Preston vs West Brom
Swansea vs QPR
Rotherham vs Stoke (5.30pm)

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Match Reports

Blackburn 2-2 Forest

29 September 2018

A Lewis Grabban brace saw Nottingham Forest come away with a point in an entertaining contest against Blackburn Rovers this afternoon.

A close-range header and a confident penalty saw the frontman take his season's tally to four goals as The Reds cancelled out Adam Armstrong and Bradley Dack goals for Rovers.

Grabban had missed a first-half penalty but he showed plenty of determination and composure to step up for a second time and seal a point for The Reds.

Fresh from the midweek victory in the Carabao Cup, Forest started brightly at Ewood Park. Their early pressure and high intensity was rewarded when they were awarded a penalty in the opening ten minutes.

Defender Michael Hefele was pulled down inside the penalty area from a Forest corner by Rovers' Darragh Lenihan. In-form Grabban however was unable to take advantage from the spot as his effort skimmed the top of the crossbar and went into the stands.

Forest continued to look dangerous on the counter attack but Rovers started to look more comfortable in possession as the half worn on. The hosts had their first effort on goal on 26 minutes when Danny Graham's volley was turned around the post by Costel Pantilimon.

The striker went even closer 10 minutes later when he neatly chipped the ball over the advancing Romanian only to be denied by a goal-line clearance from the retreating Jack Colback. The Newcastle loanee's superb diving header on the goal line denied the former Sunderland front man.

Rovers were growing in confidence and starting to control the match and with five minutes left in the first half they again were inches away from going in front.The prolific Dack was denied by the crossbar as his deflected shot from the edge of the box wrong footed Pantilimon.

The visitors, who always looked threatening on the break, nearly pinched one in stoppage time but Grabban failed to connect from a Saidy Janko cross from the right.

Forest came out for the second half with a sense of purpose and found themselves in front after just seven minutes following the restart with a wonderful goal on the break.

Firstly, Adlene Guedioura found Joe Lolley on the right with a cross-field pass, then the winger cut inside and chipped a ball over to Joao Carvalho on the left. The Portuguese Under 21 international's perfectly cushioned header was met by the onrushing Grabban who nodded past David Raya in the Rovers goal for his third goal in as many league matches.

The hosts were stunned and now feeling the pressure as the visitors were getting forward at every opportunity to try and add a second.

However, second-half substitute Adam Armstrong fortuitously drew Blackburn level just after the hour mark. The winger's cross looped over Pantilimon and went in off the bar and post. It was a little harsh on Forest who seemed the most likely to score next.

It was now the host's turn to pile on the pressure and inevitably they grabbed a second with little over 15 minutes left on the clock. The persistent Graham calmly rolled the ball across the face of the goal, after linking up with Armstrong, to find Dack who had the simple task of side footing the ball past Pantilimon.

Forest did not let their heads drop, however, and after weathering a five minute siege from the home side, they found themselves level. Referee Andrew Madley awarded the second spot kick of the day when Joe Lolley cut inside the area and was clipped by Ritchie Smallwood after wrong footing the defender.

Grabban stepped up to make amends for his earlier miss by calmly converting his second attempt after 80 minutes and, not satisfied with a point, Forest went in search of a winner.

Lolley broke clear from the Rovers defence and rifled a shot from an angle which Raya could only parry, then Hefele went even closer after he directed a Lolley shot inches wide from inside the six yard box. Guedioura's header from a corner with virtually the last action of the game could have sealed all three points for The Reds but both sides had to settle for a point in a thrilling encounter at Ewood Park.

Forest: Pantilimon, Janko, Hefele, Fox (c), Robinson, Colback, Guedioura, Cash (Dias 71'), Carvalho (Osborn 82'), Lolley, Grabban (Murphy 86')

Unused subs: Steele, Watson, Dawson, Darikwa

Goals: Grabban 52', 80' pen

Booking: Colback 44'

Blackburn: Raya, Nyambe (Rodwell 60'), Lenihan, Downing (Armstrong 57'), Bell, Reed, Smallwood, Evans (Rothwell 75'), Bennett (c), Dack, Graham

Unused subs: Leutwiler, Travis, Conway, Palmer

Goals: Armstrong 65', Dack 74'

Referee: Andrew Madley

Attendance: 14,440 (2,022 away)

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Ticket News

Pay-on-the-day available at Blackburn

28 September 2018

Nottingham Forest supporters are advised that tickets for tomorrow's trip to Blackburn Rovers will be available to purchase on matchday.

Forest travel to Ewood Park tomorrow and the club have received an initial allocation of 2,101 seat tickets located behind the goal in the Bryan Douglas Darwen End.
 
Tickets for this fixture are currently available to purchase online only.
 
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.
 
Tickets for this fixture are priced as follows:
 
Adults: £27
 
Seniors: £19
 
18-21-years: £15
 
12-17-years: £8
 
Under 12s: £6
 
Tickets will be available to purchase on matchday from 1pm (with cash and card from the away ticket office) at the following prices:
 
Adults: £30
 
Seniors: £22
 
18-21-years: £18
 
12-17-years: £10
 
Under 12s: £8
 
Official coach travel
 
Official coach travel is priced at £21 and will depart the Brian Clough Stand at 10.30am.
 
Supporters making the journey to Ewood Park are also advised to leave earlier due to a highway closure on the A50.

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