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Match preview: West Brom vs Forest in association with Football Index

14 February 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of the big clash between Nottingham Forest and West Brom at The Hawthorns in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest go head to head with table-topping West Brom on Saturday lunchtime as they look to bounce back from their midweek defeat (kick-off 12.30pm).

Forest put in a disappointing display against Charlton on Tuesday night and they will be keen to put things right and get back on track against Slaven Bilic's side.

The Baggies have overcome a dip in form to regain their advantage in top spot and Sabri Lamouchi's side will be hoping to close the gap while also giving themselves a chance of reaching the top two.

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi has confirmed that Samba Sow and Sammy Ameobi could return to the side having missed the midweek game against Charlton through injury.

Lewis Grabban is still a doubt, however, and will be assessed before the squad travels to The Hawthorns. Yuri Ribeiro and Matty Cash are set to be recalled to the starting 11. 

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws West Brom wins
League 40 25 52
FA Cup 4 7 4
League Cup 1 0 2
Total 45 32 58

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From the opposition

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic was pleased with his side's midweek win at Reading and feels that they have their momentum back as they extended their lead at the top of the table.

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Speaking after the 2-1 win, he said: “Hopefully we are back to our best but we take nothing for granted. We were suffering and now we have some momentum back. You have to earn it in every game, there’s no stopping now. We have to go like this in every game.

“We must be focused, determined and look to the next game. If we do that we’ll have a really good chance to do what we want to do.

“It was a very important game to keep our momentum that we got back. We deserved it completely, we played really good.”

Tickets and travel

All tickets for Saturdays' game have sold out, with Forest set to be backed by 2,000 fans in the West Midlands.

Fans travelling to The Hawthorns may find this away supporter's guide useful, provided by West Brom. 

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Referee

Keith Stroud is the referee in charge of Saturday's game, his first Forest match of the season.

Stroud, from Hampshire, has taken charge of 22 games so far in this campaign, showing 72 yellow and three cards. 

Coverage

As the match is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, there will be no live feed of the match on 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

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Other fixtures

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

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

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Match Reports

West Brom 2-2 Forest

15 February 2020

An injury-time Matty Cash wonderstrike saw Nottingham Forest snatch a deserved point away at league leaders West Brom this afternoon.

It was a tremendous effort from The Reds as they twice came from behind to draw in a game which referee Keith Stroud made a string of errors which looked set to cost Forest at least a point.

Callum Robinson put the hosts ahead before Kyle Bartley’s own goal levelled the scores. Tobias Figueiredo also put through his own net in controversial circumstances before Cash’s stunning strike saw a share of the spoils.

Sabri Lamouchi made five changes to the side which lost to Charlton in midweek, with Lewis Grabban, Samba Sow and Sammy Ameobi all overcoming injury concerns to start, with Matty Cash and Yuri Ribeiro restored to their full-back roles.

It was a nervy opening few minutes for Forest as West Brom looked to make a quick start, applying pressure on Brice Samba’s goal from kick-off as a couple of loose balls in the box fell kindly for the Reds’ defence who were able to clear.

But they soon settled into the game and a golden chance arrived on seven minutes and one that Grabban would expect to convert. Superb work by Ribeiro on the left saw him cross perfectly for the Forest top scorer, who headed wide of the target from six yards out.

It was an even and well-fought contest, with both sides showing quality and plenty of determination as they went in search of the vital three points. Callum Robinson dragged an effort wide on 13 before some superb skill from Joe Lolley set up a shooting chance on 24 but his right-footed effort was off target.

The opening goal came on 37 minutes as a mistake by Samba Sow allowed Matheus Pereira to steal the ball 30 yards from goal and play in Robinson who calmly slotted home to give Brice Samba no chance.

Forest showed a good response to going behind, with Tiago Silva flashing a volley over the bar on 42 and they were level on the stroke of half-time thanks to a Kyle Bartley own goal.

The error was forced thanks to a superb delivery from Sammy Ameobi, with the winger’s teasing cross into the corridor in front of Sam Johnstone’s goal leaving Bartley with no choice but to try and stop the ball or allowing the lurking Grabban to convert behind him.

The second half started with the home side on the front foot, with Samba called into action to deny Filip Krovinovic and Jake Livermore, before Pereira saw a shot blocked on the line and Samba kept out a stinging volley from Livermore.

Just after the hour mark, referee Keith Stroud took centre stage as a raft of decisions went against Forest to give West Brom the upper hand.

Stroud failed to give a clear-cut foul on Sammy Ameobi deep in the West Brom half on 65, allowing The Baggies to attack with Ameobi stricken on the floor. The move saw Krovinovic drill the ball across goal with Tobias Figueiredo only able to steer the ball into his own net.

He then failed to see two blatant offences against Joe Lolley, firstly as he was taken out right on the edge of the penalty area, then a handball against Kyle Bartley wasn’t seen as Lolley raced into the area.

But Forest kept plugging away despite their obvious disadvantage, Brice Samba on top form to keep out efforts from Robinson and Romaine Sawyers before late drama saw The Reds take a point.

Matty Cash popped up with a stunning effort in injury time, firing high into the top corner to send the fantastic travelling support wild.

A battling performance against the league leaders and a point to show for their efforts as Forest move on to the next challenge against QPR on Saturday.

Forest: Samba; Cash, Worrall, Figueiredo, Ribeiro; Watson (c), Sow (Diakhaby 70’); Lolley, Silva (Walker 80’), Ameobi (Semedo 70’); Grabban

Unused subs: Muric, Jenkinson, Dawson, Yates

Goals: Bartley own goal 45’, Cash 90’

Bookings: Cash 27’, Sow 40’, Samba 71’

West Bromwich Albion: Johnstone; O'Shea, Bartley, Ajayi, Townsend; Livermore (c), Sawyers, Pereira (Phillips 72’), Krovinovic; Robinson, Robson-Kanu (Grosicki 84’)

Unused subs: Bond, Hegazi, Furlong, Harper, Austin

Goals: Robinson 37’, Figueiredo own goal 65’

Booking: Phillips 75’

Referee: Keith Stroud

Attendance: 25,117 (1,977 away)

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Ticket News

West Brom tickets sold out

29 January 2020

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to West Bromwich Albion in the Sky Bet Championship have now sold out.

The Reds travel to The Hawthorns on Saturday 15th February (kick-off 12.30pm) and Forest supporters have snapped up the full allocation of 2,000 tickets.

No further tickets will be made available for this fixture.

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 9.30am and is priced at £18. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

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