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Match preview: Brentford vs Forest in association with Football Index

28 January 2020

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

A cracking contest is in store between two of the Sky Bet Championship's in-form teams on Tuesday night as Nottingham Forest travel to Griffin Park to take on Brentford.

The Reds may still be smarting from the late goal they conceded to Reading at The City Ground last week but there will be no time for that regret to fester as they aim to keep their strong away form going in West London.

Forest currently top the form table over the last six games, while Brentford sit third, and a tough test awaits Sabri Lamouchi's side as The Bees haven't suffered a league defeat on their own turf since a 1-0 loss to Huddersfield Town on 2nd November.

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi will be able to call on the services of new signing Adama Diakhaby following his arrival from Huddersfield Town earlier this month and he could be involved in the matchday squad.

Otherwise, Lamouchi has no other injury concerns and has the likes of Yohan Benalouane and Michael Hefele knocking at the door for a return to first-team action following their long-term injures.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Brentford wins
League 9 8 12
FA Cup 1 0 0
Total 1 0 0

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From the opposition

Brentford boss Thomas Frank was delighted by his players' performance in their 1-0 Emirates FA Cup defeat to Premier League side Leicester City on Saturday and hopes the club can take that confidence into Tuesday's game against The Reds.

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"Of course the Tuesday game is more important, but we wanted to win both games.

"A lot of players did well. It is difficult to praise some in front of others because more of less everybody played to a seven or eight out of 10.

"Maybe we should have done better inside the box. After that we put so much intensity into it.

We were brave on the ball. We wanted to play forward. We pressed high. We did everything we wanted to do as Brentford Football Club.

"We deserved at least a draw. Potentially we could have won this game so I'm proud of the boys."

Tickets and travel

All tickets available to Nottingham Forest fans for this fixture have sold out, with no additional tickets being made available.

Brentford have provided a first-time supporters' guide here which may be useful to fans who are travelling to the game tonight. 

Referee

Tim Robinson from West Sussex will be the man in the middle for Tuesday's game. This will be his 22nd match of the season, having shown 66 yellow and one red card in his previous 21.

Robinson officiated in Forest's 0-0 draw at Preston North End last season.

Coverage

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

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

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless otherwise stated:

Blackburn vs QPR
Cardiff vs West Brom
Hull vs Huddersfield
Leeds vs Millwall
Luton vs Derby
Wigan vs Sheffield Wednesday
Reading vs Bristol City (8pm)

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Match Reports

Brentford 0-1 Forest

28 January 2020

Dan Westwell

Joe Lolley's first-half strike was enough to earn Nottingham Forest an outstanding 1-0 win over Brentford at Griffin Park.

Lolley's deflected effort, his eighth of the campaign, was the difference between the two promotion chasers in West London as The Reds moved to within just two points of the automatic promotion places.

Sabri Lamouchi made just one change from the last week's draw against Reading for their visit to the capital. Tobias Figueiredo came back into the side in place of Michael Dawson at the heart of the Forest defence, taking his spot alongside Joe Worrall.
 
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The opening ten minutes were played at a frantic pace, very similar to a cup tie, with both sides looking to get the early advantage. 
 
Lewis Grabban and Lolley were threatening the hosts on the break at every opportunity and it was the latter who found the early breakthrough. Tiago Silva's corner was only partially cleared and the ball fell to an unmarked Lolley on the edge of the area and his deflected shot sailed over David Raya in the Brentford goal to put the visitors in front with 14 minutes on the clock.
 
Despite going behind, Brentford still looked lively in possession and nearly found themselves level ten minutes later. Ollie Watkins raced clear for The Bees but dragged his left-footed effort wide of Brice Samba's goal.
 
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As the half wore on, Forest looked content with letting Brentford have the ball and the hosts' frustrations were beginning to show. Winger Said Benrahma seemingly kicked out at Samba Sow deep inside the Forest half and was shown a yellow card when it looked as if the punishment could have been worse.
 
The visitors remained composed and despite a flurry of set-pieces from the hosts towards the end of the first half, they held onto their one goal advantage going into the break.
 
Brentford began the second half piling pressure on the Forest goal with multiple crosses and neat passing in and around the penalty area but were failing to create any clear-cut chances.
 
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The visitors on the other hand were looking dangerous with every attack as they went in search of a second and it nearly came through Grabban. A loose ball fell to the leading goalscorer in the hosts' penalty box, however he could only direct his shot straight at Raya.
 
The striker was causing the home side all sorts of problems and should have had a penalty just after the hour mark. After a long ball over the top from Cash was chased down by Grabban, the Brentford defender Ethan Pinnock climbed all over the back of the Forest man to prevent him being through on goal but referee Tim Robinson adjudged the tackle to be fair and waved play on.
 
With just 15 minutes left on the clock the visitors made their first change of the match with Lolley being replaced by Adama Diakhaby who was making his debut after joining the club on loan from Huddersfield.
 
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As the match entered the final ten minutes, Forest were still looking for the all-important second goal and it nearly came through Ameobi. The former Bolton man deflected a cross from Silva towards the near post but it was bundled wide for a corner to the visitors.
 
The home side were not out of it yet though and nearly found an equaliser through substitute Emiliano Marcondes. The Brentford man hit a sweet set-piece from the edge of the area that was dropping in, however Samba managed to tip the effort over the crossbar to safety.
 
Forest were comfortable in the final stages of the contest and saw it out to take home a hard-earned three points from West London and put themselves right in the automatic promotion race.
 
 
Forest: Samba; Cash, Worrall, Figueiredo, Ribeiro; Watson (c), Sow; Lolley (Diakhaby 76'), Silva, Ameobi (Adomah 90'); Grabban (Yates 90')

Subs: Smith, Jenkinson, Semedo, Dawson

Goal: Lolley 14'

Booking: Samba 23'

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jeanvier, Pinnock, Henry; Jensen (Marcondes 74'), Norgaard, Dasilva; Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma

Subs not used: Daniels, Yearwood, Valencia, Dervisoglu, Racic, Roerslev

Booking: Benrahma 39'

Referee: Tim Robinson

Attendance: 12,274 (1,642 away)

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Ticket News

Brentford tickets sold out

27 January 2020

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship are now sold out.

The Reds make their final visit to Griffin Park on Tuesday 28th January (kick-off 7.45pm) and all 1,661 tickets for Forest supporters have now been snapped up.

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 2.30pm and is priced at £22. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

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