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22 February 2020 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Match preview: Forest vs QPR in association with Football Index

21 February 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of the big game at The City Ground between Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest are back at The City Ground on Saturday as they entertain Queens Park Rangers (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds picked up four points from a busy week last week, defeating Leeds and drawing with West Brom but they will be looking to impress the home support following the disappointing defeat against Charlton last time out on Trentside.

QPR ended a four-game winless run in the league last weekend with a victory over Stoke City and Mark Warburton's side will be looking to make amends for the 4-0 defeat against The Reds back in November. 

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi has confirmed that key players Lewis Grabban, Samba Sow, Sammy Ameobi, Joe Lolley and Matty Cash are all carrying knocks but is hopeful that they will be involved.

Nuno da Costa is set to be sidelined for another week after picking up a slight injury playing for the Under 23s last week.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws QPR wins
League 26 19 16
FA Cup 4 2 0
League Cup 2 0 1
Total 32 21 17

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From the opposition

QPR manager Mark Warburton is looking forward to coming up against his former club on Saturday and returning to The City Ground.


He said: “It’s a big, big club and I think the game is a complete sell out. There should be a great atmosphere and I have huge respect for the club and the owners and what they are doing.

“They are investing wisely in the club and you can see what they are driving towards. It [The City Ground] is a great place to play football and we are looking forward to it.

“Forest are a good team and they are in form. They’re hard to break down and they counter really well. They have good quality up front with the likes of Lolley, Silva, Grabban and Ameobi, so we know what we face.

“Likewise, they will be aware that we are a good team that creates chances as well. The 4-0 scoreline against them at home wasn’t a true reflection because of the red card after 50 minutes and what we have to do on Saturday is impose ourselves and recognise the importance of defending our goal with a real passion and look to use the football wisely.”

Ticket News

Ticket details for Cardiff City vs Nottingham Forest - Sky Bet Championship

24 February 2020

Tickets and travel

All tickets in the home ends have SOLD OUT, with another packed-out City Ground crowd set to cheer on The Reds.

Supporters travelling to the game may find this matchday guide useful.


Robert Jones will be the referee taking charge of this Saturday's game at The City Ground.

It will be his third Forest game of the season, having previously taken charge of the 1-1 draw at Leeds and the 1-0 home defeat against Cardiff.

He has shown 76 yellow cards and no red cards in his 24 games so far this season. 

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Season card renewals 2020-21

17 February 2020


International subsribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the game live, with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham also available.

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

Other fixtures

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

Derby vs Fulham (Friday, 7.45pm)
Brentford vs Blackburn (12.30pm)
Barnsley vs Middlesbrough
Birmingham vs Sheffield Wednesday
Bristol City vs West Brom
Charlton vs Luton
Leeds vs Reading
Preston vs Hull
Stoke vs Cardiff
Swansea vs Huddersfield
Wigan vs Millwall

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Match Reports

Forest 0-0 QPR

22 February 2020

Nottingham Forest's promotion hopes were dealt a blow as they were held to a goalless draw by Queens Park Rangers at The City Ground.

Forest saw a goal ruled out early on as Joe Worrall's bullet header from a corner was chalked off by the assistant referee's flag and The Reds were unable to break down a stubborn rearguard action from Mark Warburton's side as they were frustrated at home once again.

Sabri Lamouchi was forced into one change from the side that drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion last weekend as the injured Samba Sow was replaced by Adama Diakhaby in the starting line-up.

Forest thought they had the opening goal on 12 minutes when Worrall headed home an in-swinging corner from Joe Lolley. The Reds' players wheeled away in celebration but their joy was cut shot as the assistant referee ruled the ball was moving as Lolley ran up to take the corner and the goal was disallowed.

That disappointment didn't knock Forest out of their stride and Rangers goalkeeper Liam Kelly produced a fine save to deny Sammy Ameobi's piledriver from the edge of the penalty area before Lewis Grabban fired a shot over the crossbar from a similar position.

Forest continued to knock on the QPR door in search of the opening goal and Diakhaby saw a powerful drive blocked inside the Rangers penalty area before Tiago Silva's wind-assisted corner from the left bounced off the top of Kelly's crossbar and out of play.

Brice Samba had to be alert in the opening moments of the second half to push away a close-range effort from Ryan Manning before The Reds went up the other end and Matty Cash's teasing cross was glanced wide of the far post by Grabban.

Lamouchi made two changes to the side after the hour mark as Ryan Yates and Alex Mighten replaced Ameobi and Diakhaby respectively. Forest had almost made the breakthrough shortly before Mighten's introduction but Diakhaby and Silva both saw shots blocked away from inside the Rangers six-yard box.

The last kick of the game almost saw Forest steal all three points as Lolley powered a header towards goal from Yuri Ribeiro's terrific right-wing cross but the ball fell inches wide of the post as the game ended in stalemate.

Forest: Samba; Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro; Watson (c), Silva (Carvalho 77'); Ameobi (Yates 60'), Lolley, Diakhaby (Mighten 71'); Grabban

Subs not used: Muric, Jenkinson, Dawson, Walker

Booking: Diakhaby 54'

QPR: Kelly; Rangel, Hall, Barbet, Manning; Ball, Cameron, Osayi-Samuel; Eze (Amos 87'), Pugh (Chair 75'), Hugill

Subs not used: Lumley, Kane, Oteh, Masterson, Clarke

Bookings: Rangel 63', Hugill 76', Osayi-Samuel 90'

Referee: Robert Jones

Attendance: 28,750 (1,459 away)

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Ticket News

General admission sell-out for QPR clash

20 February 2020

General admission tickets for Nottingham Forest's home game against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday have now sold out.

The only remaining way to watch The Reds' game against Mark Warburton's side is with a matchday hospitality package (Legends' Lounge, 1865 Club or Executive Box).

Legends’ Lounge - £60 (+VAT) per adult and £40 (+VAT) per 4-15-year-old

1865 Club - £105 (+VAT) per person

Executive Box (one remaining) - £1,080 (+VAT)

Hospitality packages start from £60 (+VAT) per person and details can be found by calling 0115 982 4450 or by emailing

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