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Match preview: Reading vs Forest in association with Football Index

10 January 2020

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

Nottingham Forest return to Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday when they travel to the Madejski Stadium to take on in-form Reading (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds exited the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Chelsea last weekend, with all eyes back on the league as Sabri Lamouchi's men look to extend their three-game winning run. 

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It is a run of form that has seen them climb to fourth in the table ahead of this weekend's round of fixtures, while Reading have been on a strong sequence of results themselves, winning their last four outings to set up an intriguing contest in Berkshire.

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi will recall several players who were rested for the FA Cup trip to Chelsea, while the young players who impressed will be hoping to be involved in league action.

Yuri Ribeiro, Carl Jenkinson and Yohan Benalouane all made their returns from injury in the match at Stamford Bridge, staking their claim for a spot in the side, while Chema is nearing a return to full fitness following his injury.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Reading wins
League 18 9 15
FA Cup 2 1 0
Total 20 10 15


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From the opposition

Reading boss Mark Bowen is expecting a difficult afternoon when Nottingham Forest visit the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.


“Forest have been right up there, right from the start,” he said. “That proves to me that they’re a talented bunch. Looking at the videos of them, they’ve got a lot of ammunition that can hurt us.

“Looking at their performances away from home, they have the second lowest in terms of ball possession. Maybe that flags that they could come here a bit cagy, and looking to play a counter-attacking game against us.

“That adds another problem; in the last couple of games, especially against Fulham, we’ve played against teams that come at us and that has suited us. Different problems – we’ll work on them on the training ground and give ourselves the best chance to compete against us.

“So far this season, Forest have had a couple of spells where they’ve lost a couple of games, but they have always bounced back. And they’ve got the likes of Lewis Grabban, who the Reading fans will know and who knows this league as well; he’s a clever striker so we’ll need to really concentrate.

“All over the park, we need to make sure we get back to what we’ve been doing before this short break.”

Tickets and travel

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

Information in regards to ticket collections can be found here

Reading have provided a visiting supporters' guide here which may be useful to fans who are travelling to the game tomorrow. 

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Dean Whitestone from Northamptonshire will be the man in the middle for Saturday's game. This will be his 18th match of the season, having shown 46 yellow and two red cards in his previous 17.

Whitestone officiated Forest's 1-0 win over Brentford at The City Ground back in October.


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 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Brentford vs QPR (12.30pm)
Barnsley vs Huddersfield
Blackburn vs Preston
Charlton vs West Brom
Hull vs Fulham
Leeds vs Sheffield Wednesday
Luton vs Birmingham
Middlesbrough vs Derby
Stoke vs Millwall
Wigan vs Bristol City
Cardiff vs Swansea (Sunday, 12pm)

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Match Reports

Reading 1-1 Forest

11 January 2020

Two goals within two injury-time minutes saw an enthralling end to the game as Nottingham Forest and Reading played out a 1-1 draw this afternoon.

Ben Watson thought he had secured a huge three points for Forest with his 95-minute strike, but two minutes later and Reading were level through Tobias Figueiredo’s unfortunate own goal.

It was a battling performance from both sides in a game lacking clear-cut chances, with a draw a fair result despite Forest’s frustrations at throwing away their late lead.

Sabri Lamouchi made one change to the side which defeated Blackburn in the last league outing, with Yuri Ribeiro coming into the side in place of Joe Lolley, while Alex Mighten took his place on the bench following an impressive display against Chelsea last weekend.

The Reds started well as they created several half-chances inside the opening half hour. Tobias Figueiredo headed a corner over the bar, Sammy Ameobi saw an effort well blocked inside the penalty area and Lewis Grabban volleyed over the bar as Forest mounted pressure on The Royals’ goal.

Mistakes were creeping into the Reading defence, with stray passes allowing Forest to attack but they couldn’t make the most of their opportunities as they game remained level.

Reading produced several dangerous crosses into the penalty area without anyone connecting with it, but on 37 minutes they had the game’s best chance as Ovie Ejaria slid a pass through for Yakou Meite but Brice Samba was alert to save with his legs at the near post.

The second half brought two huge chances for both sides within the 10 minutes of the restart.

Firstly, Grabban raced clear from the Reading defence and rounded Rafael Cabral, with the keeper getting a hand to the ball to force him wide. Grabban did well to lift the ball back over the goalkeeper but Liam Moore was on hand on the goalline to clear the ball away from danger.

Minutes later and Reading came within inches of taking the lead as Tyler Blackett worked his way into the Forest penalty area but show his low effort bounce back off the post and The Reds defence could clear.

An improved second-half performance from Reading saw them create another opening just before the hour mark, with a corner into the Forest box causing a scramble with Michael Morrison forcing the ball goalwards but Samba instinctively parrying it away.

There was a feisty edge to the game, with some tough, but fair, tackles put in by both sides as the two in-form teams battled for the points.


As the game headed into five minutes of injury time, the goalmouth action exploded into life as Forest thought they had snatched all three points right at the death.

A corner from substitute Joe Lolley was kept alive by Joe Worrall who volleyed back across goal for Ben Watson to volley into the bottom corner, sparking wild celebrations among the Forest players and bench as it looked like they were heading for four wins in a row.

But straight from the kick-off, the game was allowed to run well over the allotted additional time, giving Reading one last attack with Jordan Obita’s teasing delivery from the left turned into his own net by Tobias Figueiredo as the home side secured a point.

An intriguing contest which ended in a stalemate between two sides in good shape and they will do it all over again in 11 days’ time at The City Ground.

Forest: Samba, Cash, Worrall, Figueiredo, Chema (Jenkinson 87’), Watson (c), Sow, Silva (Yates 69’), Ameobi, Ribeiro (Lolley 69’), Grabban

Unused subs: Smith, Dawson, Adomah, Mighten

Goal: Watson 90+5’

Bookings: Silva 45’, Watson 90’

Reading: Rafael, Gunter, Morrison, Moore (c), Blackett, Adam (Obita 76’), Swift, Pele, Ejaria (Rinomhota 80’), Meite, Baldock (Puscas 63’)

Unused subs: Walker, Miazga, McCleary, Loader

Goal: Figueiredo OG 90+7’

Bookings: Swift 38’, Meite 87’

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Attendance: 16,602 (2,073 away)

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Important information for Reading trip

11 January 2020

Nottingham Forest return to Sky Bet Championship action at Reading on Saturday and attached is some important information ahead of the trip to the Madejski Stadium.

Saturday's game is a 3pm kick-off and Reading have created this handy Away Supporters' Guide which will help you prepare for your trip.

A message from Reading Football Club

Reading are looking forward to welcoming Forest fans to the Madejski Stadium and Reds supporters will be seated in the South Stand. Forest fans are reminded that the Madejski is an all-seater stadium however Reading understand that in times of excitement, fans will want to stand up and celebrate or offer support to their team.

Please be aware that Reading stewards will be very keen to keep the gangway clear as the away stand is steep and they want to minimise the chance of someone falling down and injuring themselves or fellow fans. The clear gangway policy is enforced around the stadium and both home and away fans will be treated the same.

Reading provide a family area for Forest fans just behind the wheelchair area and any other Reds fans who wish to sit can do so in front of the wheelchair and ambulant disabled area. This means that those away fans who are unable to stand or do not wish to stand for long periods do not have their views blocked. The seating is reserved and Reading will have customer service staff and stewards who will be on hand to assist and answer any questions that you may have.

A reminder that as Forest have sold all of their ticket allocation, there will be no away tickets available to purchase on the day and if you do not have a ticket for the away end, please do not purchase in the home area as anyone who is outed will sadly be asked to leave.

Collecting tickets

Forest supporters can collect their pre-paid tickets from the main ticket office at The City Ground until 6pm on Friday.

All uncollected tickets will be sent to Reading for collection from the ticket office located in the South Stand at the Madejski Stadium from 1:30pm on Saturday.

Please note that all supporters collecting pre-paid tickets & duplicates must provide Forest with the name of the person collecting and this person must show their own valid photo ID when collecting.

Reading will not release tickets to any supporter who fails to comply with this instruction. Failure to do so is at the risk of the supporter, as it will result in the tickets being held back by Reading. In such cases, no refunds will be given.

Official coach travel

Forest's official supporters coaches are due to depart from the Brian Clough Stand car park for the Madejski Stadium at 10:30am. There is limited car parking available for you here, so please get to The City Ground as early as you can to secure parking and make sure you don’t miss the coach!

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