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Match preview: Forest vs Swansea in association with Football Index

15 July 2020

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

Nottingham Forest could secure a play-off spot with victory against Swansea City at The City Ground on Wednesday night (kick-off 6pm).

The Reds will be looking to complete a league double over The Swans after their triumph in South Wales back in September, while also looking to continue their run after the restart with just one defeat in six games so far. 

Swansea need a victory to keep their play-off aspirations alive, coming into tonight's game in eighth place and hoping to keep pace with their rivals Cardiff City who occupy the final play-off berth.

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi has confirmed that Matty Cash and Joe Lolley remain doubts for the clash with Swansea after missing the draw with Preston on the weekend.

Check out the full team news for both sides here

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Swansea wins
League 26 15 22
FA Cup 0 0 1
Total 26 15 23

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From the opposition

Swansea manager Steve Cooper said his side must be ready to bounce back from defeat against Leeds when they face Nottingham Forest at The City Ground.

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He said: “The defeat hurt because we deserved more, but it cannot get in the way of our preparation for Nottingham Forest. There is no feeling sorry for ourselves, we have to get ready.

“We have to beat these sides who are in and around us, and Forest away is about as tough as it gets.

“But if we want to achieve things you have to be successful and win games like this.

“It’s such an important time, but in the end we have to look after ourselves and not wait for others to give us a chance.

“There is a lot we can take into the game on the back of a good performance against Leeds.

“We have to go into every game committed to the plans we have to win and, if we get it right, we will give ourselves every chance.

“We have to believe in what we do and give 100 per cent, and we will do that.”

Swansea's last five

L - Swansea 0-1 Luton (27/06/20)
D - Millwall 1-1 Swansea(30/06/20)
W - Swansea 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday (05/07/20)
W - Birmingham 1-3 Swansea(08/07/20)
L - Swansea 0-1 Leeds (12/07/20)

Referee

Oliver Langford from the West Midlands will be the man in charge of Wednesday night's match at The City Ground.

Langford has overseen 31 games so far in 2019-20, showing 121 yellow cards and five red cards. He has taken charge of three Forest matches this season, the 1-1 draw away at Charlton, the 2-1 defeat against Hull City and the 2-0 home win against Leeds.

Coverage

Nottingham Forest supporters are able to watch the full 90 minutes against Swansea live on iFollow Forest.

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For only £10, you can purchase a match pass to watch live and exclusive coverage of Forest’s clash with The Swans including 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 Swansea fixture.

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.

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

Other fixtures

Brentford vs Preston (5pm)
Bristol City vs Stoke (5pm)
Birmingham vs Charlton (6pm)
Leeds vs Barnsley (Thursday, 5pm)

Tuesday's results

West Brom 0-0 Fulham
Reading 1-2 Middlesbrough
Wigan 8-0 Hull
Cardiff 2-1 Derby
Luton 1-1 QPR
Millwall 1-0 Blackburn
Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Huddersfield

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Match Reports

Forest 2-2 Swansea

15 July 2020

Sammy Ameobi's superb brace was enough to seal a point for Nottingham Forest in an entertaining 2-2 draw with Swansea City at The City Ground.

The Reds had to come from behind twice as two excellent strikes from Ameobi cancelled out an early opener from Rhian Brewster and a penalty from Andre Ayew.

Sabri Lamouchi made just one change from the side that drew 1-1 at Preston North End on Saturday as Tobias Figueiredo came in to replace Michael Dawson while there was also a place on the bench for the returning Joe Lolley.

The visitors needed the three points and made much the brighter start on Trentside. Jake Bidwell's terrific left-wing cross with the outside of his boot was met at the back post by Ayew but the Ghanaian's powerful header was just off-target.

That early miss didn't deter Steve Cooper's side though and they took the lead after only eight minutes. Bidwell was again the provider and this time his low cross was swept home in outstanding fashion by Brewster as the Liverpool loanee netted his ninth goal of the season.

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Forest were struggling to find any sort of fluidity or rhythm in their game but they equalised against the run of play on 20 minutes. Ameobi jinked past a couple of players and made his way to the edge of the Swansea penalty area before he curled a delightful effort beyond the dive of Erwin Mulder into the corner of the net.

Ameobi's goal seemed to breathe life into Forest's performance and they should have been ahead just before half-time. Samba Sow fed the ball through to Ameobi on the right-hand side, he powered into the penalty area but slotted his low shot just wide of Mulder's far post from close range.

That miss was to prove costly for The Reds as they fell behind in the final minute of normal time in the first half. Ayew was brought down by Yates, just inside the box according to referee Oliver Langford, and he stepped up himself to send Brice Samba the wrong way and put the visitors in front at the break.

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Swansea were finding Ameobi a tricky customer to handle and he levelled up the contest once again ten minutes into the second half. Ameobi cut in from the right-hand channel as the Swansea defenders backed off and he unleashed an unstoppable 25-yard low drive into Mulder's net.

The second half was an entertaining yet attritional affair as both sides went for the three points they needed. Ayew had a golden chance to put Swansea back in front from six yards out but Samba was somehow able to make the save by kicking the ball back off Ayew and out for a goal kick.

Eight minutes of normal time were left on the clock when Naughton was sent off. Alex Mighten sprinted away down the left-hand side as Forest counter-attacked from a Swansea corner and Naughton brought him down with a dangerous lunge and Langford was straight over with the red card.

There were late opportunities on the edge of the Swansea penalty area for Carl Jenkinson and Lolley but Forest couldn't find that crucial third goal and must wait a few more days to secure their place in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.

Forest: Samba; Jenkinson, Figueiredo (Dawson 76'), Worrall, Ribeiro; Watson (c); Da Costa (Lolley 76'), Sow (Silva 56'), Yates (Diakhaby 88'), Ameobi (Mighten 76'); Grabban

Subs not used: Smith, Bostock, Darikwa, Johnson

Goals: Ameobi 20', 55'

Bookings: Sow 32', Figueiredo 38', Jenkinson 49', Silva 84'

Swansea: Mulder; Naughton, van der Hoorn (Cabango 63'), Guehi; Bidwell, Grimes (c), Fulton (Celina 70'), Gallagher (Byers 86'), Roberts; Ayew, Brewster (Garrick 86')

Subs not used: Gould, Dyer, Routledge, Dhanda, Cullen

Goals: Brewster 8', Ayew (pen) 45'

Bookings: Gallagher 45', Byers 90'

Sent off: Naughton 82'

Referee: Oliver Langford

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