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Match preview: Cardiff vs Forest in association with Football Index

25 February 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's clash with Cardiff City in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest are back in action on Tuesday night as they travel to South Wales to take on Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds will be looking to return to winning ways having gone three games without a victory and secure their first win on the road since the victory over Brentford.

Sabri Lamouchi's men kept a clean sheet in the draw against QPR on the weekend, and he will be hoping for a similarly tight rearguard against The Bluebirds.

Neil Harris's side have been resurgent in recent weeks, with a seven-game unbeaten league run coming to an end on the weekend against Stoke City, and they will be hoping to keep up their form with a late run for the play-offs.

Team news

There are question marks over the fitness of Samba Sow (knee), Sammy Ameobi (hip) and Lewis Grabban (knee), while Nuno da Costa (adductor) continues to be absent through injury.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Cardiff wins
League 13 11 29
FA Cup 1 0 1
Total 14 11 30

From the opposition

Cardiff manager Neil Harris was extremely disappointed with his side's defeat against Stoke City on the weekend and wants to see a reaction from his side against Forest.

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He said: “We have to make sure that this game was a one-off. When you play again so soon, especially against a team just above you in the division, it’s important to put things right. It will be a great game against Forest.

“If we’re serious about the play-offs we have to beat the teams around us. With two huge games in four days next week, it’s a huge chance for us. I’m looking forward to Tuesday night, and seeing how my team responds.”

Tickets and travel

Tickets will be able to purchase from the Nottingham Forest ticket office until 12pm on Tuesday, with collections available until then also.

Supporters will also be able to collect tickets/duplicate tickets from the away ticket office, adjacent to the away turnstiles, at the Cardiff City Stadium from 6.30pm on Tuesday. There will be tickets available to purchase on the day from the stadium, cash-only.

Full ticket information can be found here.

Referee

Stephen Martin will be the referee in charge of Tuesday night's match. Martin, from Staffordshire, has shown 67 yellow and two red cards in his 28 games so far this season.

He has taken charge of two Forest games in 2019-20, both away from home - the 1-1 draw away at Blackburn and the 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers. 

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Coverage

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports, therefore there will be no live broadcast via iFollow Forest. Audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available, however.

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

Other fixtures

To be played at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated:

Tuesday

Huddersfield vs Bristol City
Luton vs Brentford
QPR vs Derby
West Brom vs Preston (8pm)

Wednesday

Blackburn vs Stoke
Fulham vs Swansea
Hull vs Barnsley
Middlesbrough vs Leeds
Millwall vs Birmingham
Sheffield Wednesday vs Charlton
Reading vs Wigan (8pm)

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Match Reports

Cardiff 0-1 Forest

25 February 2020

Tiago Silva's second-half goal was enough to give Nottingham Forest a priceless victory at Cardiff City as The Reds reignited their promotion push.

Forest were the better side for most of the evening in South Wales and Silva's third goal of the season was enough to earn them a vital three points which moves them up to third in the Sky Bet Championship before Wednesday's round of fixtures.

Sabri Lamouchi made one change to the side that drew with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday as Ryan Yates came into the team in place of Adama Diakhaby who dropped to the bench.

Forest had the majority of possession in the game's opening stages as Cardiff were happy to stand off them but it almost cost the home side the opening goal. Sammy Ameobi was given too much time and space to drive towards the edge of the penalty area but he drilled his shot inches wide of Alex Smithies' left-hand post.

The Reds certainly should have been in front just after the 20-minute mark. Joe Lolley pulled the ball back from the right-hand side to Lewis Grabban, who was waiting just behind the penalty spot, but the striker dragged his effort wide when he should have done much better.

Cardiff had a strong clam for a penalty on the stroke of half-time as Matty Cash appeared to trip Josh Murphy inside the box but referee Stephen Martin waved away the appeals as the first half ended goalless.

Lamouchi made a change at half-time as Alfa Semedo replaced Ryan Yates and within four minutes of the second half, Forest had the lead. Grabban delivered an excellent cross from the right-hand side and Silva was arriving right on time to sweep the ball beyond Smithies and into the net.

The home side had a good chance to level midway through the second half as Junior Hoilett got on the end of a terrific right-wing cross from Will Vaulks but the former QPR man lashed his shot well wide at the back post.

It could have been game, set and match for Forest with 13 minutes to play. Grabban worked tremendously hard to chase the ball down the left-hand channel and hold it up before playing a clever pass inside to Semedo. The Portuguese moved the ball smartly inside the box but his finish was blocked well by Smithies.

If they hadn't made the result safe before, Forest should have done so in the final minute of stoppage time. Grabban raced away down the right-hand side and drilled the ball across the face of goal but neither Lolley nor Tyler Walker could get onto the end of the cross to tap it into an empty net.

That miss wasn't to matter though as Forest recorded their first win at the Cardiff City Stadium since 2010 and achieved a crucial three points in the race for promotion.

Forest: Samba; Cash, Worrall, Figueiredo, Ribeiro; Watson (c), Yates (Semedo 46'); Lolley, Silva (Walker 90'), Ameobi (Diakhaby 81'), Grabban

Subs not used: Muric, Carvalho, Jenkinson, Dawson

Goal: Silva 50'

Bookings: Ameobi 70', Worrall 84'

Cardiff: Smithies; Sanderson (Bacuna 81'), Morrison (c), Nelson, Bennett; Pack (Ralls 71'), Vaulks; Hoilett, Murphy (Ward 71'), Paterson; Glatzel

Subs not used: Etheridge, Flint, Smith, Whyte

Booking: Bacuna 82'

Referee: Stephen Martin

Attendance: 21,273 (872 away)

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Ticket News

Cardiff tickets now on general sale

24 February 2020

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Cardiff City in the Sky Bet Championship are now on general sale.

The Reds travel to the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday 25th February (kick-off 7.45pm) and all supporters can now secure their seats.

Tickets will be able to purchase from the Nottingham Forest ticket office until 12pm on Tuesday, with collections available until then also.

Supporters will also be able to collect tickets/duplicate tickets from the away ticket office, adjacent to the away turnstiles, at the Cardiff City Stadium from 6.30pm on Tuesday. There will be tickets available to purchase on the day from the stadium, cash-only.

The club has requested an initial allocation of 1,580 reserved seat tickets located in the corner of the South and East Stands with tickets priced as follows:

Adults (22 to 59) £21
Seniors (60+) £16
Youths (16 to 21) £11
Juniors (4 to 15) £9
Wheelchair spaces £8-£18

Dates of sale (all 9am)*

Friday 7th February - Away members (online only)

Tuesday 11th February - Away members (online/phones/in-person)

Wednesday 12th February - Season card holders (online only)

Monday 17th February - Season card holders (online/phones/in-person)**

Wednesday 19th February - NFFC members (online/phones/in-person)**

Thursday 20th February - General sale (online/phones/in-person)**

*Tickets are sold strictly at a rate of one ticket per customer number

**Subject to availability

Any away member or season card holder who purchases tickets during their online-only window and has specific requirements or wish to sit with friends/family who have purchased within a separate booking is encouraged to call the ticket office to make their request after buying their tickets.

Access to tickets

Tickets will not be available to collect until Friday 14th February and all tickets purchased after 3pm on Friday 21st February cannot be posted. Instead, these will be made available for collection directly from the Forest ticket office. Cardiff City FC have stated that they will permit only a limited number of collections at the Cardiff City Stadium on matchday.

Supporters with accessibility needs

Supporters who are registered with Nottingham Forest as having accessible seating requirements can claim a disabled companion seat providing that they are entitled to the MIDDLE rate of Disabled Living Allowance for either the care or mobility component, the middle rate of Attendance Allowance or the Enhanced Rate of Personal Independence Payment.

Unfortunately, supporters who require a disabled companion seat (personal assistant) cannot currently buy their tickets online. However, you can still call the ticket office on 0115 982 4388 or email accessibility@nottinghamforest.co.uk detailing your requirements and we will get back to you as soon as you become eligible to purchase tickets within the sales phases highlighted above.

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 2.15pm and is priced at £22. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

All match tickets can be purchased by visiting tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk or by visiting the ticket office in-person.

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