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Match preview: Forest vs Rotherham

21 September 2018

Nottingham Forest will be aiming to make it back-to-back wins at The City Ground when Rotherham United visit tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

After the victory over Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, The Reds will be looking to build up some momentum with a third good performance in a row as The Millers make the trip to Trentside.

Team news

Aitor Karanka will have a decision to make on whether to rotate his team for the third game this week, or stick with the side which picked up all three points on Wednesday night.

Daryl Murphy could be in contention following his injury but Hillal Soudani and Sam Byram remain sidelined.

From the Forest camp

See below for the pre-match thoughts of Aitor Karanka and Ben Osborn.

Warne's words

Paul Warne wants his side to play without fear at The City Ground on Saturday against Nottingham Forest.

The Rotherham boss was at The Reds' game with Sheffield Wednesday in midweek and was impressed with how Forest played.

He said: "It was a full house and it was an edgy game first half, Forest were the better team and deserved the win. We can see where we think we can cause them problems but they have unbelievable strength.

"It is not for me to say how good Forest are, they spent money in the summer, they have good players and Lewis Grabban is known to the Rotherham fans. He has had a good career and he is the one that can do something to get a goal. We have got to be aware of the talents they have on the pitch and be respectful but not fearful."

One to watch - Richie Towell

A key part of last season's promotion-winning side, Richie Towell returned to the club on loan this summer from Brighton.

The 27-year-old midfielder will be at the heart of things again for Rotherham this season and will aim to help The Millers stay in the division on their return to the second tier.

Head to head

Forest wins - 23
Rotherham wins - 7
Draws - 12

Last time out - Forest 2-0 Rotherham (Tuesday 31st January, 2017 - Sky Bet Championship)


Tickets are limited in some areas of the ground, with only single seats remaining in the Peter Taylor Stand, Trent End, Lower Brian Clough and Lower Bridgford Stand.

Supporters are encouraged to collect and purchase their tickets as early as possible to avoid queues on matchday and missing any of the action.

Full ticket information can be found here.


The game wil be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham also 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 on Saturday at 3pm unless otherwise stated:

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

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Match Reports

Forest 1-0 Rotherham

22 September 2018

A late Lewis Grabban penalty was enough for Nottingham Forest as they overcame Rotherham United 1-0 at The City Ground.

Grabban stepped up to convert from the spot after Ben Osborn had been fouled inside the area as The Reds snatched all three points on a frustrating afternoon on Trentside.

Aitor Karanka's men weren't at their best but they will be happy to come away with the victory to make it back-to-back wins at The City Ground.

Forest went on the front foot straight away, with Osborn winning a free kick in a dangerous area on four minutes which Grabban hit into the wall, but the pace of the game slowed for much of the first half.

Neither side were able to build any rhythm with the majority of the opening half hour being played inside the middle third of the pitch.

A neat corner routine on 31 almost led to a chance for Forest, with Osborn eventually getting a shot away which deflected wide of the target.

After a first half lacking in goalscoring opportunities, Forest had to wait just four minutes for their best opening of the game as Joao Carvalho rattled the post. A deep cross by Saidy Janko was well controlled in the area by the Portuguese, but he could only fire against the post from close range under pressure from keeper Marek Rodak.

The chance saw the game open up and after Jack Robinson did brilliantly to thwart a Rotherham break away on 52, Carvalho teed up Gil Dias who saw his low shot well saved by Rodak.

Rotherham carved out a half-chance of their own on 57 as substitute Michael Smith broke free on the right to play a dangerous ball across the face of goal which Costel Pantilimon bravely palmed away, taking a clattering from the arriving Kyle Vassell in the process.

The visitors showed much more attacking intent as the game headed into the final 20 minutes and The Reds were indebted to a fine Pantilimon save on 78 as he denied Richie Towell from point-blank range.

Despite not being at their best, Forest did find the breakthrough on 86 and it came via the penalty spot. Osborn was hauled down inside the area by Ryan Williams and Grabban stepped up to calmly convert, sending Rodak the wrong way.

The one goal was enough for Forest who saw the closing stages of the game out to make it back-to-back wins at The City Ground.

Forest: Pantilimon, Janko, Hefele, Fox, Robinson, Guedioura (Lolley 60'), Watson (c), Dias (Cash 72'), Carvalho (Bridcutt 90'), Osborn, Grabban

Unused subs: Steele, Goncalves, Dawson, Darikwa

Goal: Grabban pen 86'

Booking: Guedioura 32'

Rotherham: Rodak, Jones, Wood (c), Ajayi, Mattock, Williams, Vaulks, Towell (Taylor 88'), Manning (Palmer 71'), Proctor (Smith 46'), Vassell

Unused subs: Price, Vyner, Forde, Wiles

Bookings: Jones 33', Towell 86', Vaulks 90'

Referee: Robert Jones

Attendance: 27,479 (1,291 away)

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Ticket News

Please arrive early for Rotherham clash

22 September 2018

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s game against Rotherham United on Saturday are selling fast as Reds supporters continue their superb backing of Aitor Karanka’s side.

The average league attendance at The City Ground this season is an impressive 27,212 – the third highest in the Sky Bet Championship – and Saturday’s crowd looks set to boost that figure even further as Forest look to build on the 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

Only single seats remain in the Peter Taylor Stand, Trent End, Lower Brian Clough and Lower Bridgford Stand and so Forest supporters are encouraged to purchase early in order to avoid missing out. 

Tickets for the game are priced as follows (matchday prices in brackets): 

Adults - £25 (£27)

Seniors - £18 (£20)

18-23-year-olds - £12 (£12)

12-17-year-olds - £10 (£10)

4-11-year-olds - £5 (£5) 

The ticket office is open until 6pm on Friday and from 9am on Saturday to give fans as much time as possible to secure their seats for the big game.

Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day by visiting

Ticket collections

Supporters collecting tickets for Saturday’s game are asked to collect as early as possible in order to avoid long queues on matchday and to prevent other fans from missing kick-off. 

Tickets can be collected directly from the main ticket office before 12pm on matchday and from the Brian Clough Stand collections office from 12:30 onwards.

This collection point is situated at the corner of the Brian Clough Stand and Trent End.

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