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Match preview: Forest vs Fulham in association with Football Index

7 July 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's match against Fulham at The City Ground in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest are back at The City Ground as they face fellow play-off hopefuls Fulham in a key clash at the top of the Championship table (kick-off 5pm).

The Reds have made an unbeaten start to the restart and will look to bounce back after conceding late against Derby on the weekend and continue their push to cement a top-six spot.

Fulham came back from the break with two defeats against Brentford and Leeds but have responded with back-to-back wins against QPR and Birmingham to keep their promotion push going. 

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi has no injury concerns for the match against The Cottagers with a full squad to choose from. Click here to check out the team news in full for both teams. 

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Fulham wins
League 29 25 37
League Cup 0 0 1
FA Cup 2 3 2
Total 31 28 40

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From the opposition

Fulham manager Scott Parker is looking for his side to continue their winning run as they keep fighting for promotion, after they secured back-to-back wins ahead of their trip to The City Ground.

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He said: “Our main focus is to win games and we’ve got tough ones coming up.

“I think whether you’re playing top, mid table or bottom, every game will be huge. These are ones we need to prepare for and try and get on a good run. Back-to-back wins are huge.

"After three months without being around my players, I knew the ones coming back in the best physical nick would perform. This week was our 20th session contact wise.

"We’ve done all we can. It’s been a quick turnaround, but I’m pleased. We lost 2-0 and 3-0 against Brentford and Leeds and we didn’t deserve that.

“We’ve deserved these two wins and we need to keep going.”

Fulham's last five

D - Bristol City 1-1 Fulham (07/03/20)
L - Fulham 0-2 Brentford (20/06/20)
L - Leeds 3-0 Fulham (27/06/20)
W - QPR 1-2 Fulham (30/06/20)
W - Fulham 1-0 Birmingham (04/06/20)

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Stay home and tune in as the journey continues

7 July 2020

Coverage

Tuesday night's match will be live on Sky Sports but Nottingham Forest season card holders who have a code can also watch the clash with Fulham live on iFollow Forest.

Season card holders who have selected option 1 from the refund options will be able to watch all The Reds' remaining games free of charge on iFollow Forest. For more information, please click here.

For only £2.50, you can purchase a match pass to listen to the action live with commentary from BBC Radio Nottingham's Colin Fray.

To purchase a match pass, simply visit nottinghamforest.co.uk/ifollow/subscribe, scroll down to the match passes section and click ‘Purchase Now’ next to the Fulham fixture.

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

Referee

Robert Jones is the referee in charge of tonight's game, overseeing his fifth Forest game of the season. He has taken charge of the 1-1 draw with Leeds, the home defeat against Cardiff, the 0-0 draw against QPR and the 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday after the restart.

Overall, he has refereed 30 games so far in 2019-20, showing 99 yellow cards and no red cards. 

Other fixtures

Tuesday

Brentford vs Charlton (6pm)
Luton vs Barnsley (6pm)
Reading vs Huddersfield (6pm)
Cardiff vs Blackburn (7.45pm)

Wednesday

Millwall vs Middlesbrough (3pm)
West Brom vs Derby (5pm)
Birmingham vs Swansea (6pm)
Bristol City vs Hull (6pm)
Wigan vs QPR (6pm)
Sheffield Wednesday vs Preston (7.45pm)

Thursday 

Leeds vs Stoke (5pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 0-1 Fulham

7 July 2020

A stunning strike from Harry Arter condemned Nottingham Forest to defeat as they were beaten 1-0 by Fulham at The City Ground.

Sabri Lamouchi made two changes to the side that started the 1-1 draw at Derby on Saturday as Sammy Ameobi and Tiago Silva came back into the starting line-up in place of Nuno Da Costa and Ryan Yates respectively as the latter two dropped to the bench.

The visitors came inches away from grabbing the lead on 27 minutes as they counter-attacked from a Forest corner. Bobby Decordova-Reid raced through the middle third and unleashed a dipping drive that only cleared Brice Samba's crossbar by a matter of inches as it flew into the Trent End.

It was a first half of few clear-cut opportunities but Lewis Grabban did have a decent chance in the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the half. Matty Cash raced down the right-hand channel and delivered a superb ball into the box but Lewis Grabban was caught on his heels and could only divert it wide of the target.

Forest's stoppage time problems came to haunt them again, this time at the end of the first half. Arter looked as though he had lost the ball in a challenge 20 yards from goal but it rolled back to him and he lashed an outstanding effort into the top corner of Samba's net.

Lamouchi made a number of second-half changes in an attempt to get his side back into the game and on 67 minutes, two of those substitutes combined. Adama Diakhaby's ball found Alfa Semedo on the edge of the penalty area but his strike was deflected into the arms of Marek Rodak.

Some patient football from The Reds wasn't enough to break a strong Fulham side down but route-one football almost led to an equaliser with ten minutes to play. Samba's long punt down the field found its way on to the head of Da Costa but his looping effort was well gathered on the line by Rodak.

Forest probed for a leveller and had appeals for a penalty for handball waved away late on but they couldn't find a way through a resilient Fulham back line and succumbed to their first defeat since the restart.

Forest: Samba; Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro; Watson (c) (Mighten 85'), Sow (Yates 46'); Ameobi (Diakhaby 57'), Silva (Semedo 64'), Lolley (Da Costa 46'); Grabban

Subs not used: Smith, Carvalho, Jenkinson, Dawson

Bookings: Ribeiro 83', Cash 89'

Fulham: Rodak; Odoi, Hector, Ream (c), Bryan; Onomah, Arter (Johansen 71'), Reed; Kebano (Knockaert 71'), Decordova-Reid (Le Marchand 87'), Cavaleiro

Subs: Bettinelli, Mawson, McDonald, Christie, Sessegnon, Jasper

Goal: Arter 45'

Bookings: Onomah 43', Odoi 90'

Referee: Robert Jones

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