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Match preview: Forest vs Reading in association with Football Index

22 January 2020

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

Nottingham Forest are back at The City Ground tonight as they take on Reading in another big Championship game (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds could climb up to third in the table with a victory as they look to make the most of their game in hand over the rest of the sides in the promotion picture.

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Matchday information: Forest vs Reading

21 January 2020

The two sides met just 11 days ago at the Madejski Stadium, with the match ending in a draw following a thrilling end, and Forest will be looking to secure all three points this time around. 

Team news

New signing Adama Diakhaby could be involved for the first time having joined on loan from Huddersfield yesterday. 

Tobias Figueiredo could also make a return having missed the win over Luton through injury, but Michael Dawson is on hand to deputise once again.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Reading wins
League 18 10 15
FA Cup 2 1 0
Total 20 11 15

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From the opposition

Reading manager Mark Bowen wants his side to bounce back after they lost for the first time in nine games against Millwall on the weekend.


“We’ve been on a good run; it’s about how we bounce back," he said. "I told the guys in the dressing room after Millwall: that’s the measure of us.

“We’ve got a big game again on Wednesday against Nottingham Forest and it’s about how we bounce back from that.

“In our first game against Forest, we were a bit quiet in the first half, and then dominated the game in the second half. Hopefully more of the same on Wednesday.

“It’ll be a difficult game, we know. So we have to make sure that we shrug the defeat to Millwall off and get back to what we’re good at. Dust ourselves down, prepare and be ready for Forest."

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Tickets and travel

Tickets are limited for tonight's game as supporters back The Reds once again.

Supporters who purchased tickets for the orignial fixture back in October can use the original tickets as these are still valid. Full ticket details can be found here.

Making your first trip to The City Ground? Check out our travel and parking guide here.


David Webb from Lancashire will be tonight's referee, taking charge of his first Forest game this season. 

Webb will take charge of a Forest game for the first time since April 2018, when he officiated our 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough.

He has taken charge of 21 games so far this season, showing 58 yellow cards. 

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International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the match live, while fans in the UK and Ireland can listen to the action with commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham.

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

Other fixtures

Barnsley 0-3 Preston
Middlesbrough 1-1 Birmingham
Charlton vs Fulham (7.45pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 1-1 Reading

22 January 2020

Nottingham Forest were held to their second 1-1 draw of the season against Reading at The City Ground as they missed the chance to move up to third in the Sky Bet Championship.

Lewis Grabban grabbed his 16th goal of the season in the 80th minute and looked like he had won the game for The Reds but Sam Baldock squeezed the ball under Brice Samba only four minutes later to quickly respond for Mark Bowen’s side.

There was one change for Forest from the side that beat Luton Town on Sunday. Sammy Ameobi came into the starting line-up for Albert Adomah who dropped to the bench.

Similar to Sunday, the visitors started the game well. John Swift looked to demonstrate his playmaker attributes with his bursting runs through the middle as Reading aimed to catch Forest on the break.

Only a few minutes in, Swift curled the ball straight at Samba after some good recycling of the ball from Reading.

After 20 minutes, Forest began to grow in confidence. Joe Lolley had the first real chance of the game, when his right-footed strike was tipped around the post by Rafael Cabral.

Moments later, it was Lolley who came close again. His dangerous free-kick was played into the hectic penalty area, but it was evaded everyone and trickled wide for a goal kick.

Tiago Silva had a volley dip narrowly over Cabral’s crossbar after Lolley’s free-kick rebounded off the wall. From the goal-kick, Obita dragged a tame effort wide of Samba’s post after The Royals caught the Forest defence napping.

Just before the interval, Obita forced Samba into a save. Ovie Ejaria and Swift linked up well on a counter-attack before the 26 year-old fired the ball at straight at Samba.

The second half began with Forest lacking the clinical touch that was on show against Luton. Just over 10 minutes into the second half, Obita beat the Forest high line, only to unleash a weak effort into the hands of Samba.

Just after the hour, Yuri Ribeiro was booked after bringing Swift down. Olise took responsibility from the free-kick but smashed the opportunity over the bar.

The Reds continued to be frustrated at the City Ground. However, the introduction of Joao Carvalho added that extra flair to their play and they very nearly took the lead when Matty Cash arrowed the ball just wide after Carvalho laid the ball back.

Forest broke the deadlock just before the 80th minute when Grabban guided the ball into the net after Ameobi fluffed his shot on the edge of the penalty area. The goal is his fourth goal in the last three games at The City Ground.

Just like they did earlier in the month, Reading replied within minutes. Baldock, who only came off the bench on the 77th minute, managed to find space to turn and score via the underside of the crossbar.

Next up for Sabri Lamouchi’s men is a trip to Brentford next Tuesday where they will be hoping to complete a league double over The Bees.

Forest: Samba, Cash, Dawson ©, Worrall, Ribeiro, Watson, Sow (Carvalho 61’), Ameobi, Silva, Lolley (Adomah 89’), Grabban.

Unused subs: Smith, Jenkinson, Semedo, Yates, Chema

Goal: Grabban 80'

Booking: Ribeiro 65’

Reading: Cabral, Gunter, Morrison, Moore ©, Blackett, Olise (Loader 90’), Swift, Pele, Obita, Ejaria, Puscas (Baldock 77’)

Unused subs: Walker, Miazga, Rinomhota, Boye, Adam

Goal: Baldock 84'

Bookings: Pele 23’, Ejaria 72’

Referee: David Webb

Attendance: 26,840 (808 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Reading (H)

22 January 2020

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s home game against Reading are still available.

The Royals visit The City Ground on Wednesday 22nd January (kick-off 7.45pm) and prices for this fixture start from just £25 for adults. For full pricing information, please see below:


Please be aware that if you have a ticket for the postponed fixture, originally scheduled for Saturday 26th October, then this will still be valid for the re-arranged game.

Tickets are now on general sale can be purchased by visiting, calling the ticket office on 0115 982 4388 or visiting the ticket office in-person.

Supporters who choose to buy tickets online can also beat the queues by taking advantage of the print-at-home service meaning that they can get their hands on their tickets immediately, rather than queuing to collect them. Why not check out this useful video which explains how it works...

Matchday hospitality

Hospitality packages start from just £50 (+VAT) per person and details can be found by visiting the commercial website or by calling 0115 982 4450 for more details.

Supporters with accessible seating needs

Supporters who are registered as having accessible seating requirements with Nottingham Forest can claim a Disabled Companion seat providing that they are entitled to the high rate of Disabled Living Allowance for either care or mobility, the high 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 detailing your requirements and we will get back to you.

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