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Match preview: Bristol City vs Forest in association with Football Index

22 November 2019

Check out the match preview as Nottingham Forest travel to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest will look to make it three wins on the bounce on Saturday afternoon as they return to action against Bristol City away at Ashton Gate (kick-off 3pm). 

The Reds will be searching to get the busy winter period of the season underway with a win and climb further up the league rankings as Saturday sees the battle of fifth vs sixth.

The Robins currently occupy the spot below Forest on goal difference and head into the fixture four games unbeaten has they have picked up eight points out of a possible 12 in their recent fixtures. 

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Team news

Michael Dawson could return to the squad following injury with several players making good steps towards getting back out on the pitch.

Alfa Semedo and Carl Jenkinson have returned to training but are not quite ready to be involved, with Yohan Benalouane and Michael Hefele also joining training but also need more time to get up to speed following their long-term injuries. Samba Sow is also likely to return to training next week.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Bristol City wins
League 31 27 20
FA Cup 4 1 0
League Cup 4 3 0
Total 39 31 20

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From the opposition

Bristol City assistant head coach Dean Holden said the squad are eager to get back into action this weekend.


He said: "It was a break, an opportunity to reflect without the pressure of a game coming so it was a chance to go into detail on things we have done well as a club and things we need to improve as well.

"We have got back into training and the lads are fine, they are buzzing for the game at the weekend.

"It’s so important to reflect on what’s gone on before. We are now in a period of four months before the next break, games come around the corner and we will need time to reflect. We have used the time to assess everything and we’re in a good place."


Craig Pawson from South Yorkshire will be the man in the middle for Saturday's game. Pawson drops down from his usual Premier League duties to take charge of what will be his tenth match of the season.

Pawson hasn't taken charge of a Forest match for over six years, with his last match being a 3-1 win for The Reds away at Brighton in October 2013.

Tickets and travel

Tickets for Saturday's game are SOLD OUT, with Forest fans snapping up all 2,320 tickets available. 

Bristol City have provided the an away fans' guide here, while key travel information can be found here.


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

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

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

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Match Reports

Bristol City 0-0 Forest

23 November 2019

Nottingham Forest dug deep to earn a point away from home against Bristol City this afternoon despite playing the final half-hour with 10 men.

A resolute defensive performance saw The Reds take a point back to Nottingham after Ryan Yates’s second-half red card and they had the chances to take all three points too.

But a it was a share of the spoils between two sides battling it out for places at the top of the Championship table.

Sabri Lamouchi made one change to the side from the one which defeated Derby County prior to the international break, an enforced one as Jack Robinson came in for the injured Yuri Ribeiro at left back.


It was a positive start to the game for Forest as they looked for a quick start. Controlling the ball inside the opening 10 minutes, Tiago Silva saw a shot deflect just wide of the near post and Ryan Yates had a good volleyed effort cleared off the line by Famara Diedhiou.

Forest continued on the front foot, pinning the hosts in their half with Joe Lolley forcing Daniel Bentley into a stop down to his left on 15 minutes but they couldn’t find a way through to take the lead.

As the first half wore on, Bristol City grew back into the contest but without creating any clear-cut openings, with Andi Weimann firing wide of the mark in their only effort of the opening period.


The second half started with a good opportunity for Forest, with Tiago Silva twisting and turning inside the area and forcing a good low stop from Bentley, but the home crowd got right behind their side after that and it seemed to lift The Robins.

Several crosses came into the Forest box which they dealt with before on 55 minutes Bristol City came agonisingly close to taking the lead as Weimann’s cross was diverted onto his own post and away to safety by Ryan Yates.

Two minutes later and Yates’s afternoon came to an early end as the midfielder was shown a straight red card for a lunging tackle on Adam Nagy midway inside the Forest half.


Naturally, The Reds looked to contain their opponents more now playing with a man less, but looked to threaten on the counter attack. Lolley and sub Albert Adomah both had teasing crosses well defended by the home side before a glorious opportunity fell to Grabban on 73.

A corner into the City box was headed back into the danger zone, with Grabban pouncing on a loose touch by a City defender to loft the ball over the onrushing Bentley only to see the ball drop just wide of the post.

Weimann saw an effort drift wide of the post and Tommy Rowe headed over unmarked at the far post as Bristol City tried to find the winning goal, but Forest’s defence stood firm to keep the home side at bay.

As the game headed into injury time, City had a great chance to win it as Nathan Baker headed a corner kick back across goal for Rodri to convert from two yards out but he acrobatically volleyed over the bar.

Goalless at Ashton Gate but certainly not a drab draw as Forest secured a vital point away from home against one of their promotion rivals.

Forest: Samba, Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Robinson, Watson (c), Silva, Yates, Ameobi (Adomah 62’), Lolley (Carvalho 81’), Grabban (Mir 88’)

Unused subs: Muric, Bostock, Dawson, Chema

Bookings: Ameobi 36’, Samba 86’

Sent off: Yates 56’

Bristol City: Bentley, Wright (c) (Palmer 65’), Baker, Williams, Pereira, Brownhill, Nagy, Rowe, Weimann (Rodri 76’), O’Dowda (Eliasson 65’), Diedhiou

Unused subs: Maenpaa, Smith, Semenyo, Massengo

Booking: Rodri 84’

Referee: Craig Pawson

Attendance: 23,573 (2,309 away)

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Ticket News

Ticket information: Bristol City vs Forest

22 November 2019

Nottingham Forest supporters are advised to read the following ticket information ahead of Saturday's trip to Bristol City.

The full allocation of 2,320 tickets for Forest supporters has sold out so Reds fans are advised not to travel to the game without having a match ticket in their possession.

Bristol City have also confirmed that they will not be able to perform ticket upgrades on matchday so if you would like to upgrade your ticket (for example from a junior to an adult) ahead of matchday, please contact the ticket office on 0115 982 4388 for advice.

If you are planning to collect pre-paid tickets from the Forest ticket office, it will be open until 6pm on Friday or alternatively they can be collected between 9am and 9.30am on Saturday, after which they will be sent to Bristol City for collection.

If your tickets for the game have still not arrived, please contact the Forest ticket office immediately to organise duplicate tickets to be made available for you to collect at Ashton Gate.

Otherwise, you can call the ticket office from 9am until 2pm on Saturday to organise duplicate tickets to be printed and made available to collect at Ashton Gate.

All ticket collections and duplicate tickets can be collected at the away turnstiles in the Atyeo Stand at Ashton Gate from 1.45pm on matchday.

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