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29 December 2019 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Forest 1-0 Wigan

29 December 2019

A superb save from the penalty spot from Brice Samba helped Nottingham Forest claim a vital three points with victory over Wigan Athletic.

Tobias Figueiredo gave The Reds the lead on the hour mark with a fine header on a nervy afternoon at The City Ground as Forest held out to end 2019 with a victory and climb back into the Championship top six.

Sabri Lamouchi made three changes to the side that won at Hull on Boxing Day, with Ryan Yates, Sammy Ameobi and Joao Carvalho all coming into the starting line-up.

But it was the visitors who made a strong start to the game as they penned Forest into their own half. Lee Evans had a looping header tipped over the bar by Brice Samba and the goalkeeper was forced into action again just before the half-hour mark to keep out Joe Williams’ close-range effort.

Wigan were pressing high and forcing Forest into sloppy mistakes with The Reds finding it hard to string passes together, but as the half drew to a close there was some fresh impetus into their legs as they created a couple of openings.

Some quick passing saw Carvalho find some space on the edge of the box but shoot over the bar, then on the stroke of half-time Lewis Grabban had a golden chance to score but somehow headed wide of the mark from six yards out following Yates’s clipped cross.

The second half started slowly but there was an injection of life into the game just shy of the hour as Lamouchi introduced Joe Lolley and Tiago Silva from the substitutes’ bench. A charging run by Lolley down the left wing got the crowd on their feet and the noise started to ring around The City Ground.

The fans went into a stunned silence though as Nathan Byrne raced through on goal following a swift Wigan counter attack on 58, with the full back bearing down on Samba’s goal but firing wide of the target when he should have done better.

The Latics were made to pay for that miss just two minutes later when Forest took the lead. A delightful delivery from a corner by Silva was met by the arriving Tobias Figueiredo, who glanced a header into the far corner of the net for his first City Ground goal.

There was a tense finish on Trentside as Wigan pushed hard for an equaliser, with the Forest rearguard holding out despite some nervous moments. None more so than on 79 minutes as Alfa Semedo brought down Joe Gelhardt in the area, allowing Josh Windass to take a penalty but Brice Samba stood firm to keep out the effort, causing an eruption of noise around the ground.

Despite their relentless efforts, Wigan fell short and Forest held on for a big three points which sees them finish 2019 in fifth place.

Brice Samba saves Josh Windass' penalty to keep Forest ahead..jpg

Forest: Samba, Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Chema, Watson (c), Semedo, Yates (Silva 56’), Ameobi, Carvalho (Lolley 56’), Grabban (Adomah 83’)

Unused subs: Smith, Jenkinson, J. Robinson, Dawson

Goal: Figueiredo 60’

Wigan: Jones, Byrne, Kipre, Naismith, A. Robinson, Lowe (Garner 83’), Evans (Gelhardt 78’), Morsy (c), Williams, Massey (Roberts 62’), Windass

Unused subs: Marshall, Pilkington, Jacobs, Dunkley

Bookings: Byrne 57’, Kipre 71’, Naismith 81’

Referee: Matthew Donohue

Attendance: 27,844 (480 away)

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Matchday information: Forest vs Wigan

28 December 2019

Nottingham Forest are targeting a place in the Sky Bet Championship's top six on Sunday as they entertain Wigan Athletic in front of a sold-out City Ground.

Supporters are requested not to travel to the stadium if they have not already secured a ticket for the game but for supporters who have and who are preparing for the game, please remember the following:

Match ticket purchasers

You should already have received/been given a paper ticket for Sunday's fixture, but if your tickets have not yet arrived in the post or you have misplaced them, please call the ticket office on 0115 982 4388 before 12pm on Sunday to organise for duplicates to be printed for collection.

Print-at-home purchasers

If you purchased your tickets online and selected the ‘print-at-home’ option, you must print off your PDF match tickets before arriving at the stadium. However, if you don’t have access to a printer, please give the ticket office a call on Sunday to have paper tickets printed for you instead.

If you purchased your tickets online but are unsure if you selected the “print-at-home” option, simply log-in to your account online and check your purchases to see which delivery method you chose.

Please remember that presenting print-at-home barcodes at the turnstiles from your mobile phone will not work.

NFFC members

If you are an NFFC member and purchased a ticket for this game, you should have had your seat uploaded directly onto your member card. However, if you have received a paper ticket for this fixture instead, please bring your ticket with you to access the stadium. If you have not received a paper ticket and are unsure whether your card has been uploaded or not, please log-in to your online account or call the ticket office today for advice.

Collecting pre-paid tickets

Supporters can collect their pre-paid tickets from the main ticket office between from 10am and 12:30pm on matchday. Collecting your tickets as early as possible is strongly advised.

From 1pm on Sunday, all ticket collections will be relocated to the collections office which is situated at the corner of the Brian Clough Stand and Trent End.

Advice for season card holders

Season card holders are reminded their cards are activate for this fixture and are urged, wherever possible, to arrive at the stadium at least 45 minutes prior to kick-off to ensure that their season card works. If you arrive at The City Ground and find that you have forgotten your season card, please visit the main ticket office or Brian Clough Stand ticket office for a replacement match ticket.

If your ticket/card does not work in the turnstiles, please locate the nearest member of our ‘here-to-help’ squad – dressed in their fluorescent pink high-visibility jackets - will be on hand to assist you in getting into the stadium as smoothly as possible.

Buying or collecting for other games?

If you would to purchase or collect tickets for any other Forest game which is currently on sale, you will only be able to do so at the main ticket office between 10am and 2pm prior to kick-off. This will ensure that supporters who need assistance for the Wigan Athletic game can be prioritised and ensures that they do not miss kick-off.

Alternatively, the ticket office will be open after the final whistle until 5.45pm to visit.

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