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Match preview: Brentford vs Forest

1 September 2018

After their Carabao Cup exploits in midweek, Nottingham Forest return to league action this aftern with a trip to face Brentford at Griffin Park (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds will be looking to carry on their unbeaten start to the season and will be buoyed by their triumph over Premier League side Newcastle on Wednesday night.

The clash with The Bees is the final one before the international break and Aitor Karanka's men will be aiming to go into that with all three points.

Team news

Jack Colback is available again after being ineligible to face his parent club Newcastle in midweek, but Liam Bridcutt will be hoping to retain his place in the side after an impressive performance against The Magpies.

There is also plenty of competition in defence with Michael Hefele picking up the man of the match award having come into the side for Tobias Figueiredo and Lewis Grabban and Joe Lolley will also hope to be involved following their knocks.

But there are still question marks around the fitness of Hillal Soudani, Michael Dawson and Adlene Guedioura, with Sam Byram ruled out following his injury against Newcastle.

From the Forest camp

See below for the pre-match views of Aitor Karanka and Jack Colback.

The Brentford view

Brentford boss Dean Smith is expecting an attractive game of football when Nottingham Forest visit Griffin Park tomorrow.

Smith says the fact that his side played on Tuesday while Forest played on Wednesday in midweek won't give The Bees much advantage but he is expecting a tough match.

He said: "We know Nottingham Forest are a good team. They recruited well in the summer, spent a bit of money so I don't think it's a surprise that they have had a good start to the season.

"They have a very good manager who has got out of the league before so we know we are in for a tough game. 

"This season we have seen that there will be a lot of Tuesday-Wednesday games with an even split, so we will certainly get used to that. We are looking forward to the game, we played well against Cheltenham on Tuesday night with seven changes ourselves and we are looking forward to a good game against Forest.

"They are certainly comfortable on the football and like to pass it so it will be an attractive game of football for the purists to come and watch. I think there will be a lot of chances as there has been a lot of goals in their games so far.

"They came back last Saturday against Birmingham City and they scored another three goals against Newcastle so there are certainly goals in both teams and it is a game I expect both teams to set out to go and win."

One to watch - Ollie Watkins

Attacking midfielder Ollie Watkins impressed in his debut Championship season last year, scoring 11 times and chipping in five assists in a good campaign for The Bees.

The Exeter academy graduate drew plenty of attention from Premier League clubs during the summer but remained at Griffin Park and he will be a key player for them going forward.

Head to head

Forest wins - 10
Brentford wins - 11
Draws - 8

Last visit - Brentford 3-4 Forest (Saturday 12th August, 2017 - Sky Bet Championship)


The club's full allocation of 1,660 tickets has sold out and no further tickets will be made available.


International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the action live, while audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available.

There will also be full coverage via the club's social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

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

Leeds 0-0 Middlesbrough
Birmingham v QPR
Hull v Derby
Preston v Bolton
Reading v Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United v Aston Villa
West Brom v Stoke
Wigan v Rotherham
Millwall v Swansea (5.30pm)
Ipswich v Norwich (Sunday, 12pm)
Bristol City v Blackburn (Sunday, 1.30pm)

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Match Reports

Brentford 2-1 Forest

1 September 2018

Nottingham Forest's unbeaten start to the Sky Bet Championship season was brought to an end by a 2-1 defeat to Brentford at Griffin Park.

Goals in each half from Lewis Macleod and Ollie Watkins proved to be the difference as Matty Cash's second-half strike couldn't prevent The Reds from falling to defeat.

Aitor Karanka made three changes from his side's midweek victory over Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup at The City Ground.

Costel Pantilimon replaced Luke Steele in goal while Jack Colback and Tendayi Darikwa came in for Liam Bridcutt and Sam Bryam respectively. 

The home side enjoyed the majority of the possession during the opening 10 minutes and The Bees' defender Yoann Barbet nearly made it count. A free-kick from the left was seized upon by the Frenchman however his glancing touch drifted wide of the far post.

Watkins was next to try his luck for the home side on 20 minutes but his effort from the edge of the Forest penalty area was tame and easily gathered by Pantilimon.

The tempo of the match changed shortly after the half-hour mark after Macleod was shown a yellow card for diving in The Reds' penalty area. Michael Hefele and Barbet were also booked in the aftermath but the frantic tempo now suited Brentford who continued to dominate play. 

Spanish midfielder Sergi Canos failed to keep his header down for the home side in the closing minutes of the half after Romaine Sawyers had chipped a clever ball into the visitors' penalty area. 

The Bees were rewarded for their possession in injury-time when Macleod nodded the ball home after good work by Benrahma. The forward swung in a perfect delivery from the right and picked out an unmarked Macleod who glanced the ball past Pantilimon. 

Forest made a double substitution at the break with Cash coming on for Joe Lolley and Gil Dias being replaced by Ben Osborn.

The home side continued to press from the restart with defender Chris Mepham hitting the post from close range. Benrahma again with the delivery from the left, but the Welshman could only clip the ball with his left foot onto the post. 

Forest managed their first real effort on goal on 55 minutes when, after good build-up play by Cash and Joao Carvalho, the ball was played into Osborn and he powered a right-footed effort from just outside the penalty area which cleared the bar by inches.

The visitors were encouraged by this attack and eight minutes later they were level. Daryl Murphy laid the ball to Cash who tried his luck from range and after a heavy deflection the ball trickled past Daniel Bentley in the hosts' goal. It was Cash’s fourth goal of the season and second in as many games.

Lewis Grabban was introduced with 20 minutes of the match remaining replacing Murphy in attack as The Reds went in search of a second.

Yet it was Brentford who found the winning goal through Watkins with six minutes remaining. The Bees' frontman pounced on a cross from the left and nodded the ball past Pantilimon from inside the six-yard box to claim all three points for the hosts.

Brentford: Bentley, Macleod (Yennaris 76'), Mepham, Canos (Judge 71'), McEachran (Mokotjo 71'), Watkins, Sawyers, Benrahma, Dalsgaard, Konsa, Barbet

Subs not used: Daniels, Clarke, Jeanvier, Forss

Goals: Macleod 45', Watkins 84'

Bookings: Konsa 18', Macleod 35', Barbet 35', Sawyers 90', Benrahma 90'

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Hefele, Fox, Robinson, Colback, Watson (c), Lolley (Cash 46'),  Carvalho, Dias (Osborn 46'), Murphy (Grabban 73')

Subs not used: Steele, Figueiredo, Goncalves, Bridcutt

Goal: Cash 62'

Bookings: Lolley 31', Hefele 35, Osborn 54', Fox 55', Watson 74', Robinson 90', Grabban 90'

Attendance: 10,186 (1,654 away)

Referee: Peter Bankes

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Ticket News

Brentford tickets sold out

21 August 2018

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s trip to Brentford have now sold out.

The Reds travel to Griffin Park on Saturday 1st September (kick-off 3pm) and Forest fans have snapped up the full allocation of 1,660 tickets located behind the goal in the Brook Road Stand.
No further tickets will be made available to Forest supporters for this fixture.
Official coach travel
Official coach travel will depart the Brian Clough Stand at 10am and is priced at £20.

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