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Forest 3-2 Blackburn

1 January 2020

A Lewis Grabban brace helped Nottingham Forest to a third successive victory and a winning start to 2020 against Blackburn Rovers this afternoon.

Joe Lolley put Forest in front in the first-half before Grabban doubled the lead from the penalty spot. Stewart Downing reduced the deficit for Rovers before a superb second for Grabban in the second half.

A Joe Worrall own goal proved to be just a consolation for Blackburn as Forest climbed up to fourth in the Championship table.

Sabri Lamouchi made three changes to the side which defeated Wigan on Sunday, with Samba Sow returning from injury to take his place in midfield and Tiago Silva and Joe Lolley recalled to the starting 11.

There was an even start to the game as Blackburn looked slick with their passing while Forest showed plenty of attacking threat. Joe Rothwell fired over the bar following some neat footwork before Samba Sow could, and should, have put Forest into the lead as he headed wide following Silva’s left-wing corner on 16.

But on 22 minutes The Reds took the lead as Lolley cut inside from the right-hand side and curled a cross into the box which evaded everyone, despite Sammy Ameobi’s best efforts to get on the end of it, before nestling into the bottom corner of the net.

Forest celebrate taking the lead through Sammy Ameobi..jpg

Just two minutes later and Forest had a golden chance to double the advantage as Chema played a fine through ball with the outside of his boot for Lolley, who controlled and rounded Christian Walton in the Rovers goal before being hauled down for a clear-cut penalty.

Up stepped Lewis Grabban who made no mistake from 12 yards, calmly and confidently firing into the bottom corner despite Walton diving the right way.

The Reds were in the ascendency but the visitors were allowed a way back into the game on 39 minutes as Adam Armstrong broke the offside trap, laid the ball back for Stewart Downing who sent an accurate strike into the top corner of Brice Samba’s net to reduce the arrears.

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There could have been further goals before the break as a swift counter-attack ended with Lolley forcing a good low save from Walton, then Corry Evans had a golden chance to level but he was denied by Samba from 10 yards out.

The second half started with pressure from Blackburn as they looked for an equalising goal, with centre back Darragh Lenihan heading over the bar from close range.

On 55 the two-goal lead was restored following a fine counter-attack involving Grabban and Ameobi. Grabban held the ball up, played Ameobi in down the left who skipped past his man before delivering a pin-point cross onto the head of Grabban, who produced a superb cushioned header back across goal and past a defeated Walton.

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It was almost four for Forest just after the hour mark as this time Grabban was the provider, beating his man to get to the byline and square a pass back for Ameobi but it was just out of the winger’s reach and Rovers were able clear.

Once again, however, Forest were pegged back as Elliott Bennett’s cross from the right was turned into his own net at the near post by a sliding Joe Worrall on 71 to give Rovers a boost heading into the closing stages of the game.

But Forest held firm, repelling any threats that came their way as they game headed to a close, with Tiago Silva forcing a fine save from Walton from a free kick the last of the goalmouth action.

Another big three points for Forest, a third victory in a row and the perfect start to 2020.

Forest: Samba; Cash, Worrall, Figueiredo, Chema (Robinson 27’); Watson (c), Sow (Semedo 67’); Lolley (Adomah 87’), Silva, Ameobi; Grabban

Subs: Smith, Carvalho, Jenkinson, Dawson

Goals: Lolley 22’, Grabban pen 25’, 55’

Booking: Sow 45’

Blackburn: Walton; Bennett (c) (Graham 72’), Lenihan, Adarabioyo, Bell; Travis (Chapman 65’), Evans, Downing, Rothwell; Armstrong, Brereton (Gallagher 65’)

Subs: Leutwiler, Williams, Johnson, Buckley

Goals: Downing 39’, Worrall own goal 71’

Booking: Bell 90’

Referee: Darren Bond

Attendance: 27,073 (883 away)

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Ticket News

Matchday information: Forest vs Blackburn

31 December 2019

The City Ground welcomes in the New Year tomorrow as Nottingham Forest host Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship (kick-off 3pm).

There are still tickets available for the game but it is racing towards another home sell-out, so if you haven’t bought your tickets yet we would urge you to buy yours now.

For supporters who have already purchased a ticket and are preparing for the game, please remember the following:

Match ticket purchasers

You should already have received/been given a paper ticket for tomorrow’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 tomorrow afternoon 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 today 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 until 5pm today (Tuesday 31st) or between from 10am and 12:30pm on matchday. Collecting your tickets as early as possible is strongly advised

From 1pm on matchday, 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 activated 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 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 1.30pm prior to kick-off. This will ensure that supporters who need assistance for the Blackburn Rovers 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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