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02 November 2019 Venue Kenilworth Road Attendance

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Match Previews

Match preview: Luton vs Forest in association with Football Index

1 November 2019

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's trip to Luton Town in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest face their first trip to Kenilworth Road for 12 years when they take on Luton Town on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds will be looking to rediscover their form after two defeats and last weekend's postponed game against Reading preventing them from returning to action. 

Luton have had a mixed start to the their season as they compete in the Championship for the first time since 2006-07, and will make life difficult for Forest come 3pm tomorrow.

Team news

Michael Dawson is set to miss out once again but should be back in full training next week. Samba Sow and Alfa Semedo remain sidelined, while Carl Jenkinson's recovery has taken a step forward and could be nearing a return after the international break.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Luton wins
League 22 14 20
FA Cup 2 1 1
League Cup 1 0 0
Total 25 15 21


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Gavin Ward is the man in the middle for Saturday's game, taking charge of his first Forest game of the season, while he has shown 31 yellow and 3 red cards in his nine matches so far.

Ward has already officiated a Luton match this season, taking charge of their 2-1 win at Blackbun in September, while his last Forest match was the 1-0 defeat against QPR last December.

Club News

Online discounts on training jackets

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Tickets and travel

Tickets for this match have SOLD OUT, with Forest fans snapping up all 1,023 tickets made available. Supporters without a match ticket are urged not to travel. 

Luton Town have provided information to visiting supporters travelling to Kenilworth Road, please click here.


The match has been selected for live overseas broadcast, therefore there will be no live feed of the game on iFollow Forest for international subscribers. Audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available, however.

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

Ticket News

Tickets: Cardiff City (H)

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Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Barnsley vs Bristol City (Friday, 7.45pm)
Wigan vs Swansea (12.30pm)
Blackburn vs Sheffield Wednesday
Brentford vs Huddersfield
Cardiff vs Birmingham
Derby vs Middlesbrough
Fulham vs Hull
Leeds vs QPR
Reading vs Millwall
Charlton vs Preston (Sunday, 12pm)
Stoke vs West Brom (Monday, 8pm)

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Match Reports

Luton 1-2 Forest

2 November 2019

Dan Westwell

Goals in either half from Lewis Grabban and Sammy Ameobi saw Nottingham Forest return to winning ways at Luton Town this afternoon.

A fine goal by Grabban opened the scoring before Ameobi’s curling finish gave The Reds breathing space. Callum McManaman’s late strike set up a tense finish but Forest held firm for a big three points away from home.

The match started in terrible conditions, with the players fighting through wet and windy weather at Kenilworth Road but the game was open as both sides went in search of the opening goal.

The first half-chance fell the way of the home side as Harry Cornick flicked Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu’s corner into the side netting on 10 minutes, but two minutes later a golden chance fell for Lewis Grabban.

The Forest frontman took Joe Lolley’s incisive pass in his stride and looked certain to score from 12 yards out in front of goal but managed to fire high and wide of the target.

Luton had a goal chalked off for offside on 24 as Dan Potts converted at the back post before Grabban fired just wide a minute later for The Reds.

Forest looked dangerous in attack, with Lolley and Grabban particularly threatening, and it was Grabban who opened the scoring on 39 minutes. Yuri Ribeiro's long pass found Grabban on halfway who did well to hold off two challenges before calmly slotting past goalkeeper James Shea from just inside the area to put The Reds in front.

Forest started the second half positively and could have doubled their lead through Lolley on 52 as he headed Matty Cash’s cross wide of the target, but on the hour-mark it was two as Lolley’s cross from the right was controlled by Ameobi who then curled an effort around Luton defenders and into the corner of the net.    

Following the second goal, the home side started to create opportunities of their own as Kazenga Lualua looked a threat down their left-hand side, forcing Brice Samba into a low save on 75 before James Collins had the ball in the net only to see the offside flag raised once again.

Luton had the ball in the net for the third time in the game on 87 and this time the goal was allowed as substitute Callum McManaman turned and curled a fine effort into the top corner from 18 yards out to set up a grandstand finish.

But The Reds held firm as they secured a vital three points on the road and climbed up to fifth in the table.

Forest: Samba, Cash, Worrall, Figueiredo, Ribeiro, Watson (c), Silva, Yates, Ameobi (Adomah 71’), Lolley (Robinson 83’), Grabban (Mir 90’)

Unused subs: Muric, Carvalho, Chema, Johnson

Goals: Grabban 39’, Ameobi 58’

Booking: Worrall 69’

Luton: Shea, Bree (Bolton 70’), Bradley (c), Pearson, Potts, Cranie, Tunnicliffe, Mpanzu, Cornick (McManaman 59’), Brown (LuaLua 33’), Collins

Unused subs: Sluga, Shinnie, Jones, Butterfield

Goal: McManaman 87’

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 10,053 (1,017 away)

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Ticket News

Luton tickets sold out

28 October 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s away game at Luton Town have now sold out.

The Reds make the trip to Kenilworth Road for the first time since 2007 on Saturday 2nd November (kick-off 3pm) and all available tickets for away supporters have now been sold.

Official coach travel

Official coach travel will depart the Brian Clough Stand car park at 11am and is priced at £17. Subject to availability, supporters will be able to park their cars in the Brian Clough Stand car park free of charge.

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