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Match preview: Fulham vs Forest

23 August 2019

Nottingham Forest face their second game in London this week as they take on Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds have stayed down in the capital since their draw with Charlton on Wednesday night, training at Crystal Palace's complex ahead of the clash with The Cottagers. 

Forest have picked up two draws in their away games so far this season and come up against an in-form Fulham side who will be looking to make an immediate return to the Premier League.

Tale of the tape

Nottingham Forest

  • Forest are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions, winning two and drawing two
  • The Reds have failed to score just once in their last four visits to Craven Cottage

Fulham

  • Fulham won three straight games after losing their opening match of the season
  • In their two home games this season, Fulham have scored six goals, keeping two clean sheets

Team news

Joe Lolley could return to the side having missed the midweek draw at Charlton. The winger was close to featuring in the game at The Valley but was not risked.

Forest have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game at Craven Cottage.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Fulham wins
League 28 25 37
FA Cup 0 0 1
League Cup 2 3 2
Total 30 28 40

From the opposition

Ivan Cavaleiro has been in fine form for Fulham at the start of the season and he is looking to keep it up this weekend.

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Speaking after the 4-0 win against Millwall in midweek, he said: “Of course I’m very happy to score two goals for the team. I’ve worked hard on the pitch to achieve this, and I hope I can contribute to the team like this in every game. The more victories we have, the happier I’ll be.

“I think we played very well to achieve this win, and I hope we can continue doing this in games; keeping possession, being aggressive, and with this attitude I think we can go far in the Championship.

“The fans have supported us since the beginning. I think they liked the way we played against Millwall, and with this quality we’re showing it’s normal that the fans are happy with us. We must continue with this and keep making them happy.

“We have difficult games coming and I think with this attitude, like I said, we can win games. We respect Millwall, we respect Nottingham Forest, but every game we play we go to win.”

Ticket news

Tickets for the clash at Craven Cottage have sold out.

Forest supporters snapped up all 1,900 tickets available for the game and no further tickets will be made available.

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Coverage

International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the whole game live, either by subscribing or purchasing a match pass. Full details can be found here.

Audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham is also available, and fans can also follow the action by keeping up to date with the club's official social media channels and the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

To be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Derby vs West Brom (12.30pm)
Barnsley vs Luton
Blackburn vs Cardiff
Charlton vs Brentford
Huddersfield vs Reading
Hull vs Bristol City
Middlesbrough vs Millwall
Preston vs Sheffield Wednesday
QPR vs Wigan
Stoke vs Leeds
Swansea vs Birmingham (Sunday, 12pm)

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Match Reports

Fulham 1-2 Forest

24 August 2019

Lewis Grabban’s brace saw Nottingham Forest produce a fine away performance to come away with a 2-1 victory against Fulham this afternoon.

The Reds nullified the threat of their opponents to snatch all three points thanks to Grabban’s goals in either half.

Aleksandar Mitrovic struck late on to give the home side hope but the Forest rearguard stood firm to secure a first away win of the season.

Sabri Lamouchi handed a league debut to Brice Samba in goal, while Joe Lolley returned from injury to replace Matty Cash and Samba Sow was also recalled to the starting 11.

Forest started the game confidently and hit the front on four minutes as Grabban pounced inside the area. A fine, flowing move from back to front saw Lolley spray a pass out to the left for Jack Robinson who drilled a cross into the area where Grabban was on hand to convert from close range for his third goal of the season.

The home side were dominating possession of the ball but The Reds were looking dangerous on the break, particularly in behind the Fulham full backs in an entertaining contest.

Grabban saw an effort from 25 yards drift just wide of the target on 17 minutes before Joe Bryan did the same at the other end of the pitch. Aleksandar Mitrovic had an effort saved by Samba and Tiago Silva acrobatically volleyed over as Forest headed into the break one goal to the good.

The second half continued in much the same vein with the home side controlling the ball as they looked to find a way back into the game, with half-time substitute Bobby Cordova-Reid heading down into the ground, forcing Samba to push the ball round the pot post on 53 minutes.

On the hour mark, however, The Reds took the opportunity that came their way as Grabban doubled his and Forest’s advantage. Sammy Ameobi stole the ball off Steven Sessegnon, allowing Grabban to charge towards goal. The forward raced past his man into the penalty area and lashed an effort in off the near post with Marcus Bettinelli well beaten.

The two-goal lead was preserved thanks to a fine save by Samba on 68 minutes as he flung himself to his right to keep out Sessegnon’s deflected volley as Fulham threw bodies forward to find a lifeline.

That lifeline came on 83 minutes as Mitrovic got on the end of Aboubakar Kamara’s cross to toe-poke into the far corner, setting up a grandstand finish at Craven Cottage.

Fulham threw everything at The Reds, with Joe Worrall producing a stunning headed block from Harry Arter’s volley which looked destined for the top corner, but the red wall stood firm as The Cottagers couldn’t break through to secure a fine away away performance and a vital three points for Forest.

Forest: Samba, Jenkinson (Cash 82’), Worrall, Dawson (c), Robinson, Watson, Sow, Silva (Semedo 58’), Ameobi, Lolley (Adomah 71’), Grabban

Unused subs: Muric, Ribeiro, Figueiredo, Mir

Goals: Grabban 4’, 61’

Bookings: Ameobi 33’, Semedo 66’, Samba 77’, Adomah 90’

Fulham: Bettinelli, Sessegnon (Kamara 74’), Mawson (Christie 87’), Ream, Bryan, Cairney (c), Arter, Johansen (Cordova-Reid 46’), Knockaert, Cavaleiro, Mitrovic

Unused subs: Rodak, McDonald, Le Marchand, Reed

Goal: Mitrovic 83’

Bookings: Arter 50’, Kamara 90’

Referee: Peter Bankes

Attendance: 18,186 (1,900 away)

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Ticket News

Fulham tickets sold out

23 August 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Fulham have now sold out.

Forest travel to Craven Cottage on Saturday 24th August (kick-off 3pm) and Reds supporters have snapped up the full allocation of 1,900 tickets.

No further tickets will be made available to Forest supporters.

Duplicates and collections will be available from the ticket collection booths situated in front of the Johnny Haynes Stand in Stevenage Road. These will be available from approximately 1.30pm and supporters are advised to bring proof of identity when collecting tickets.

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 10am and is priced at £20. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

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