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Match preview: Forest vs Huddersfield in association with Football Index

27 June 2020

Check out all you need to know as Nottingham Forest get set to take on Huddersfield Town on Sunday with the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest return to The City Ground in very different circumstances on Sunday as they entertain Huddersfield Town (kick-off 2.15pm).

A normally packed-out City Ground will be empty as the match is being played behind closed doors, but Sabri Lamouchi's side will feel the support from the fans from home as they go in search of a vital three points.

Huddersfield lost out 2-0 to Wigan on their return to action last weekend and Danny Cowley's side will be looking for an equally-important victory at the other end of the Championship table. 

Team news

Samba Sow and Ben Watson are both available for selection and could be involved for the first time since the restart. Adama Diakhaby will miss out, however, as he is ineligible to face his parent club.

Check out the full team news here.

From the Forest camp

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Huddersfield wins
League 15 13 21
League Cup 2 3 0
FA Cup 0 1 1
Total 17 17 2

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From the opposition

Huddersfield Town Manager Danny Cowley is keen to show a true representation of his side against Nottingham Forest as his side look to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat against Wigan last weekend.

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He said: “We’ve prepared really well, and I trust in them (the players) as people. When we have had bad days we’ve always responded. We worked hard this week to try and find the right response come Sunday.

"I have huge faith in myself, Nicky, the management team and the players. We are determined. I’ve got the most trust I’ve had in this group since I’ve been at the football club.

"There's no hiding place from last Saturday. We take the criticism. We will keep it close and use it to drive us.

"We want to show a true representation of us on Sunday. It's time for us to make sure we respond with actions and not just words."

Huddersfield's last five

L - Swansea 3-1 Huddersfield (22/02/20)
W - Huddersfield 2-1 Bristol City (25/02/20)
W - Huddersfield 4-0 Charlton (29/02/20)
L - Leeds 2-0 Huddersfield (07/03/20)
L - Huddersfield 0-2 Wigan (20/06/20)

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7 July 2020

Coverage

Sunday's match will be live on Sky Sports but Nottingham Forest supporters can also watch the clash with Huddersfield live on iFollow Forest.

For only £10, you can purchase a match pass to watch live and exclusive coverage of Forest’s clash with The Terriers 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 Huddersfield 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

David Webb will be the referee in charge of Sunday's match at The City Ground. Webb, from Lancashire, has taken charge of one Forest match so far this season, the 1-1 home draw against Reading in January.

He has overseen 28 matches in 2019-20, showing 69 yellow cards and no red cards. 

Other fixtures

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

Brentford vs West Brom (Friday, 7.45pm)
Charlton vs QPR (12.30pm)
Preston vs Cardiff (12.30pm)
Swansea vs Luton (12.30pm)
Barnsley vs Millwall (1pm)
Derby vs Reading (1pm)
Birmingham vs Hull
Leeds vs Fulham
Stoke vs Middlesbrough
Wigan vs Blackburn
Bristol City vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 3-1 Huddersfield

28 June 2020

A brace from Lewis Grabban and a late strike from Ryan Yates secured Nottingham Forest a vital 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town at The City Ground.

A goal either side of half-time from Grabban, which took his tally for the season to 19, put daylight between Forest and their struggling visitors and Yates put the icing on the cake with a near-post finish five minutes from time.

Juninho Bacuna was shown a straight red card late on for a dangerous lunge on Nuno Da Costa before Karlan Grant scored a penalty in the final minute of six minutes of stoppage time after Joe Worrall shoved Fraizer Campbell to the floor inside the box.

Sabri Lamouchi made one change to the side that drew 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend as Ben Watson came back in to captain the side in place of Yates who dropped to the bench.

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The Reds should have been in front inside four minutes. Joe Lolley went on a strong run down the right-hand channel and pulled the ball back into the penalty area for Sammy Ameobi but having picked his spot, the winger crashed his effort against the base of the post.

Brice Samba was called into action on 15 minutes as he was forced to push behind a curling free-kick from Alex Pritchard from the edge of the penalty area before two resulting corners from Huddersfield caused problems with Forest at full-stretch to clear the danger.

The visitors were enjoying the better of the exchanges midway through the first half. A clever free-kick routine saw Karlan Grant drill an effort towards goal from inside the box but Ameobi did well to turn it the ball over the crossbar from inside his own six-yard box.

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Two minutes before the interval and Forest had the breakthrough. A deep corner from the right drifted all the way out to Joe Worrall in the left-hand channel, he delivered an excellent ball back into the penalty area and an unmarked Grabban produced a thunderous first-time volley to beat Jonas Lossl at his near post.

Yates replaced Brennan Johnson at the interval and just 50 seconds into the second half, Forest doubled their advantage. Ameobi slipped a ball through behind the Huddersfield back four and Grabban let it run in front of him before he slid a low strike under the body of Lossl into the back of The Terriers' net.

Huddersfield almost found an instant reply as a corner caused all sorts of problems inside the Forest penalty area but Ameobi's header bounced back off his own crossbar and The Reds were able to clear the ball to safety to preserve their two-goal lead.

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There was an uncharacteristic miss from Grabban as he attempted to seal his hat-trick. Ameobi was the provider again with a superb pass into the right-hand side of the penalty area but Grabban's low drive went wide of the far post with Lossl stranded.

Samba hadn't really been required in the second half but he was called upon to make a strong save with 15 minutes to play. Substitute Juninho Bacuna struck a powerful free-kick towards goal from the edge of the box and the Forest number one made an excellent one-handed stop to palm the ball away.

As Huddersfield were pushing for a goal at one end, Forest were looking to extend their lead at the other and they sealed the points with five minutes to play. Yates got across his man at the near post and was in an excellent position to stick a foot out and send Lolley's corner into the net from close range.

Huddersfield saw their afternoon brought to a disappointing end courtesy of Bacuna's late red card. Referee David Webb had already awarded Huddersfield a free-kick before Bacuna hacked Nuno Da Costa down with a poor challenge on the halfway line and it was enough for Webb to show the former FC Groningen man a straight red.

The visitors did grab a consolation goal in the final minute of stoppage time after Worrall shoved Campbell to the ground inside the penalty area. Grant stepped up to thump the ball beyond Samba into the corner of the net to give them a late goal to take back to West Yorkshire.

Forest: Samba; Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro; Watson (c) (Mighten 90'), Silva (Carvalho 73'); Lolley (Bostock 90'), Johnson (Yates 46'), Ameobi (Da Costa 73'); Grabban

Subs not used: Smith, Jenkinson, Dawson, Walker

Goals: Grabban 43', 46', Yates 85'

Bookings: Watson 44', Ameobi 62'

Huddersfield: Lössl; Duhaney (Bacuna 74'), Stearman (Stankovic 70'), Schindler (c), Toffolo; Hogg (Chalobah 60'), O'Brien, Willock (Campbell 70'), King, Pritchard (Smith Rowe 60'); Grant

Subs not used: Coleman, Kachunga, Quaner, Daly

Goal: Grant (pen) 90'

Sent off: Bacuna 89'

Referee: David Webb

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