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Match preview: Preston vs Forest in association with Football Index

10 July 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's trip to face Preston North End on Saturday in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Club News

Watch live on iFollow Forest: Preston North End vs Nottingham Forest

9 July 2020

The Reds suffered a disappointing home defeat against Fulham in midweek and will hope to make amends when they face another of their play-off rivals.

Preston sit just outside the top six and gave their play-off ambitions a boost on Wednesday evening with an important victory to boost their confidence ahead of the clash with The Reds.

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi has confirmed that there is a doubt over the fitness of Joe Lolley ahead of Saturday's game.

Click here to check out the team news in full for both teams. 

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Preston wins
League 28 27 40
FA Cup 4 3 2
Total 32 30 42

Last time out

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From the opposition

Preston manager Alex Neil is well aware of the threats posed by Nottingham Forest but is confident that his side can compete all across the park.

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He said: "They are a good side, but as we showed when we played them, we are more than capable of giving them a good game.

“Lewis [Grabban] is proven at this level; he will always score you goals. He’ll always get 15-plus in a season and this one has been no different.

“He is more than just a goalscorer Lewis; I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for how good he is. He can take the ball in, he can link it, he has good vision, he can run, he will stretch it in behind for you; but our two centre halves dealt with his well when we went down there and really kept him quiet.

“They have been set up to play counter-attacking for most of the season. I think they have most, or certainly one of the biggest, number of counter-attacking goals this season. They are a good side, with good experience in the areas that matter and they are strong at the back and hard to break down and with the likes of Lewis, Joe Lolley and Ameobi, they carry a threat and it will be a good game.”

Preston's last five

D - Luton 1-1 Preston (20/06/20)
L - Preston 1-3 Cardiff (27/06/20)
L - Preston 0-1 Derby (01/07/20)
D - Huddersfield 0-0 Preston (04/07/20)
W - Sheffield Wedneday 1-3 Preston (08/07/20)

Coverage

Nottingham Forest supporters are able to watch the full 90 minutes against Preston 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 North End 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 Preston 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.

Referee

Jeremy Simpson from Lancashire will be the referee in charge of Saturday's game. Simpson has officiated 27 games so far this season, showing 93 yellow cards and seven red cards.

He has refereed one Forest game so far this season, the 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, while this will be his fourth match overseeing Preston in 2019-20.

Other fixtures

To be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Huddersfield vs Luton (Friday, 6pm)
Fulham vs Cardiff (Friday, 8.15pm)
Charlton vs Reading (12.30pm)
Derby vs Brentford (12.30pm)
Barnsley vs Wigan
Blackburn vs West Brom
Hull vs Millwall
Middlesbrough vs Bristol City
QPR vs Sheffield Wednesday
Stoke vs Birmingham (Sunday, 1.30pm)
Swansea vs Leeds (Sunday, 1.30pm)

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Match Reports

Preston 1-1 Forest

11 July 2020

Nottingham Forest picked up an important point in the race for the play-offs as they drew 1-1 at Preston North End.

Lewis Grabban's fifth-minute penalty, his 20th goal of the campaign, was cancelled out ten minutes later by a close-range finish from Jayden Stockley as the two sides couldn't be separated for the second time this season.

Sabri Lamouchi shuffled his pack for the trip to Lancashire as Tiago Silva, Joe Lolley, Tobias Figueiredo and Matty Cash were replaced in the starting line-up by Ryan Yates, Nuno Da Costa, Carl Jenkinson and Michael Dawson with the latter captaining the side.

Forest needed a good start at Deepdale and they made the perfect one inside five minutes. Having got on the end of a pass from Ben Watson, Nuno Da Costa was bundled over inside the box by Ben Pearson and Grabban stepped up to find the bottom corner for his 20th goal of the season.

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To their credit, the home side responded well and they drew level within ten minutes of going behind. Brad Potts raced down the right-hand channel and delivered a low cross which Stockley was able to tuck home from close range.

It had been an entertaining start to the contest and Forest went a whisker away from restoring their lead. Sammy Ameobi cut in from the right-hand side and fired a left-footed shot inches over Rudd's crossbar with the goalkeeper at full-stretch to try and turn the ball over.

Forest were thankful to Watson for keeping the scores level four minutes into the second half. Patrick Bauer met Joe Rafferty's corner with a bullet header from close range but Watson was able to block the ball on the line and clear the danger before Stockley could get to the rebound.

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Alex Neil's Preston knew they had to go for the three points and they were beginning to create goalscoring opportunities. The ball broke kindly for Brad Potts inside the Forest penalty area but Jenkinson came across to make a superb block to prevent the former Barnsley man from finding the bottom corner of the net.

Da Costa and Ameobi switched wings in the second half and the latter almost put Forest back in front on 66 minutes. Having cut in from the right-hand side, Ameobi curled a terrific effort towards goal but it whistled past Rudd's far post and behind for a goal-kick.

As the game entered its final stages, it became a more end-to-end affair with both sides pushing for victory. A long ball over the top from Preston set Sean Maguire in behind the Forest defence but Brice Samba came out to push him wide and was able to make the save with his legs.

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Preston had a superb chance to win the game in the final minute of normal time as substitute Tom Barkhuizen jinked his way into the Forest penalty area but his goal-bound effort was blocked behind for a corner by Joe Worrall.

That proved to be the final opportunity of the afternoon for either side as Forest maintained the six-point gap between themselves and seventh-placed Swansea City before the Welsh side entertain Leeds United on Sunday.

Forest: Samba; Jenkinson, Dawson (c), Worrall, Ribeiro; Watson; Ameobi (Diakhaby 89'), Sow (Silva 68'), Yates, Da Costa (Mighten 82'); Grabban

Subs not used: Smith, Figueiredo, Carvalho, Semedo, Darikwa, Walker

Goal: Grabban (pen) 5'

Preston: Rudd; Rafferty, Bauer, Davies (Storey 44'), Hughes; Pearson (Ledson 46'), Johnson (c) (Gallagher 83'); Maguire, Potts, Sinclair (Barkhuizen 64'); Stockley (Harrop 83')

Subs not used: Ripley, Fisher, Nugent, Bodin

Goal: Stockley 15'

Bookings: Bauer 16', Hughes 49'

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

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