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Match preview: Forest vs Sheffield Wednesday

19 September 2018

Nottingham Forest kick-off a week of home fixtures when Sheffield Wednesday are the visitors to The City Ground (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Owls visit is the first of three home games in seven days for Aitor Karanka's side who will be looking to build on their positive performance against Swansea City on Saturday.

The Reds are unbeaten at home so far and will be in the hunt for all three points under the lights this evening.

Team news

Daryl Murphy has been ruled out through injury and joins Hillal Soudani and Sam Byram on the treatment table. 

Saidy Janko will hope to keep hold of his place at right back after impressing on debut at the weekend, while there are plenty of options in attack for Aitor Karanka to choose from.

From the Forest camp

See below for the pre-match thoughts of Aitor Karaka.

Owls' opinion

Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay wants his side to sure up defensively as they seek to keep their good run going.

The Dutchman knows that his side must find the right balance in keeping it tight at the back while also being a force going forward.

He said: "It is the balance we must find. We must first have the stability. When you have the stability and balance, you can keep clean sheets. We must find the best way in both directions to try and come to success.

"We have respect for every opponent but we must believe in ourselves and each other and how we like to play.

"We like to play more offensively to create chances and hopefully score a lot of goals but I know that is not always possible.

"When I see our last two games, we were fantastic away at Reading with the chances we created and the goals we scored. Saturday was very difficult but the team found real character to come back in the game."

One to watch - Barry Bannan

A talismanic figure at the heart of the Sheffield Wednesday midfield, Barry Bannan has proved his worth again this season with late equaliser against Stoke City on the weekend. 

The diminutive Scottish international provides plenty of creativity and will be key to The Owls' play tonight.

Head to head

Forest wins - 53
Sheffield Wednesday wins - 62
Draws - 27

Tickets

There is a limited availability in some areas of The City Ground ahead of tonight's game, and supporters are urged to arrive as early as possible if collecting their match tickets.

Full ticket information can be found here

Coverage

Tonight's game is the first Forest game to be streamed online to domestic iFollow Forest subscribers, with the match available to purchase for £10. 

International subscribers can also watch the match as part of their usual subscription, while audio commentary will also be available.

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

Other fixtures

Tuesday night's results:

Aston Villa 2-0 Rotherham
Derby 0-0 Blackburn 
Ipswich 1-1 Brentford
Leeds 3-0 Preston
West Brom 4-2 Bristol City 
Wigan 2-1 Hull

Wednesday night's fixtures (kick-off 7.45pm unless otherwise stated):

Middlesbrough v Bolton
Reading v Norwich (8pm)
Sheffield United v Birmingham

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Match Reports

Forest 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

19 September 2018

Lewis Grabban and Joao Carvalho scored their first goals for Nottingham Forest as they overcame Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at The City Ground.

The Reds put in a solid performance to pick up their second league victory of the season and goals either side of half-time were enough to earn all three points.

Steven Fletcher's strike in the closing stages set up a nervy ending but Forest held out for the victory under the lights on Trentside.

There was one change to The Reds starting line-up from the goalless draw against Swansea on the weekend, with Joao Carvalho coming into the side to replace Joe Lolley who dropped to the bench.

Inside the first minute Forest carved out a great opportunity as Grabban did well to win the ball high up the pitch and poke it past Jordan Thorniley, but his cross was cleared, then Matty Cash arrived onto the ball but could only sky his effort high and wide of the target.

The visitors then had their first effort of the game on five minutes as Adam Reach latched onto a sloppy pass in the Forest midfield to drill an effort at goal which Costel Pantilimon was more than equal to.

On 15 they had a glorious chance to take the lead as Morgan Fox's delivery into the area was met by an unmarked Marco Matias eight yards from goal, but he could only head over the bar under no pressure from the Forest defence.

The Reds responded well to that big chance, with Cash and Saidy Janko – on his home debut – playing several teasing balls into the box which the Wednesday defence dealt with well. On 22 minutes it created a chance though as Janko's delivery was met on the edge of the box by a fine volley from Carvalho but he couldn't get his strike on target.

Wednesday forward Atdhe Nuhiu was a handful for the Forest defence and on 24 minutes he thought he had given the visitors the lead when he met a free kick into the area, only to see the offside flag raised.

At the other end, Grabban managed to get an effort away on 33 minutes despite being held in the area but could only divert wide and eight minutes later he wasn't to be denied as he bagged his first Reds goal.

Osborn played a fantastic ball into the box from a free kick on the right, and with the ball curling towards the far corner, Grabban was there to glance a header into the corner and past Cameron Dawson.

Forest took their lead into the interval and the visitors came out strongly at the start of the second half, forcing The Reds defence into making some key interceptions at the back to preserve their lead.

Then as the game passed the hour mark, Forest went back on the front foot and Osborn had a great chance to make it two on 62 minutes but saw his effort saved, then the midfielder linked up superbly with Carvalho to find the crucial second goal just a minute later.

The Portuguese played it into Osborn inside the area who played a neat back-heel back into Carvalho's path and, after a little shimmy, he curled a shot past Dawson and the covering defender into top corner.

Carvalho almost had his second and Forest's third on 76 minutes as he controlled Jack Robinson's long throw into the box, turned on a six-pence but volleyed straight at Dawson but there was a tense finale to come a Wednesday found a lifeline through sub Fletcher.

The Scotsman hit a shot from the edge of the box which took a massive deflection to wrong-foot Pantilimon and drop into the net. The Reds defence held firm though to see out the game and pick up their second league win of the season.

Forest: Pantilimon, Janko, Hefele, Fox (c), Robinson, Colback (Watson 81'), Guedioura, Cash (Dias 72'), Carvalho (Lolley 90'), Osborn, Grabban

Unused subs: Steele, Goncalves, Dawson, Darikwa

Goals: Grabban 41', Carvalho 63'

Bookings: Grabban 45', Robinson 78'

Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson, Baker, Thorniley (Pudil 73'), Lees (c), Fox, Onomah, Bannan, Reach, Joao (Fletcher 71'), Matias, Nuhiu

Unused subs: Wildsmith, Pelupessy, Kirby, Hector, Preston

Goal: Fletcher 88'

Referee: Tony Harrington

Attendance: 26,252 (1,995 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Sheffield Wednesday (H)

19 September 2018

Ticket details for Nottingham Forest’s home game against Sheffield Wednesday have now been confirmed.

Jos Luhukay’s side come to The City Ground on Wednesday 19th September (kick-off 7.45pm) and prices for the game are as follows (matchday price in brackets): 

General sale and Family Stand

Adults - £25 (£27)

Seniors - £18 (£20)

18-23-year-olds - £12 (£12)

12-17-year-olds - £10 (£10)

4-11-year-olds - £5 (£5) 

Tickets are now on general sale and can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, by calling 0115 982 4388 or by visiting tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

With Sheffield Wednesday expected to sell out their allocation of tickets, supporters will need to have a purchase history recorded on the Forest ticketing system in order to obtain tickets for this fixture. 

Disabled supporters

Supporters who are registered disabled with Nottingham Forest can claim a personal assistant ticket providing they are entitled to the high rate of Disability Living Allowance for either care or mobility, the high rate of Attendance Allowance or the enhanced rate of Personal Independence Payment.

Matchday hospitality

If you're looking to enjoy a special evening at The City Ground then hospitality packages for the game are available with prices starting from £50 (+VAT) per person. Please visit the commercial website or call 0115 982 4450 for more details.

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