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Match Previews

Match preview: Forest vs Cardiff in association with Football Index

29 November 2019

Check out all you need to know ahead of the clash between Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City at The City Ground in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest will be looking to keep up their good form when they face Cardiff City at The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds are unbeaten in four games, winning three of those and come into the clash on the back of a midweek thumping of QPR.

Cardiff also picked up a timely win in midweek against Stoke, their first under new manager Neil Harris, and they will be looking to follow that up on Trentside.

Ticket News

Tickets: Cardiff City (H)

29 November 2019

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi confirmed to the media that Yuri Ribeiro and Samba Sow would still not be available for selection this weekend as they continue their respective recoveries from injury.

Otherwise, the squad came through Wednesday's 4-0 victory at QPR unscathed and Lamouchi will have the same players to select from ahead of this weekend's clash.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Cardiff wins
League 13 11 28
FA Cup 1 0 1
Total 14 11 29

Rainbow Laces

Nottingham Forest are delighted to confirm that tomorrow's fixture against Cardiff City is the club’s designated awareness match for the Rainbow Laces campaign.


The campaign is aiming to show support for the LGBT+ community and that football is everyone’s game, and the club are delighted to confirm a number of activities as part of the awareness match.  

The players will be warming-up in t-shirts with the LGBT Trickies logo on, the supporter group for LGBT+ fans of the club, while the rainbow colours will also adorn the corner flag, captain’s armband and the fourth official’s LED board.

There will also be a double-page feature in the matchday programme and content on the big screens throughout the match to raise awareness and encourage supporters to unite behind the campaign.


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From the opposition

Cardiff manager Neil Harris is expecting a tough afternoon against The Reds at The City Ground on Saturday.


He said: "Going into tomorrow's match against Nottingham Forest is a monumental challenge in itself.

"We want to keep going against them, without forgetting the way that we want to play the game.

"Forest have done well defensively and look like a good all-round team. They’ve got some real attributes in their team. We'll want to match them and impose ourselves on the match.

"As ever, we need to make sure we deal with their strengths and find ways of hurting them to affect their goal on the pitch."

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Robert Jones will be in charge of Saturday's game at The City Ground, his second Forest game of the season.

The referee officiated Forest's 1-1 draw at Leeds back in August and has shown 46 yellow cards in his 14 games so far this season.  

Tickets and travel

Tickets are being snapped up quickly and are still on general sale. Only single seats remain in the Bridgford Stand and Trent End as well as a few seats together in the Peter Taylor Stand so supporters are advised to purchase their tickets soon to avoid disappointment.

Full ticket information can be found here.

Making your first journey to The City Ground? Make sure you take a look at our travel and parking guide 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

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

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

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Match Reports

Forest 0-1 Cardiff

30 November 2019

It was a bad day at the office for Nottingham Forest as they failed to hit top gear in falling to a 1-0 defeat against Cardiff City.

A first-half strike from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing proved to be the difference between the two teams as Forest struggled to find their shooting boots on a frustrating and misty afternoon at The City Ground.

Sabri Lamouchi made one change from the side which defeated QPR 4-0 in midweek, with Joao Carvalho’s impressive cameo from the bench earning him a starting spot in place of Albert Adomah.

The Reds started brightly and on the front foot with Sammy Ameobi skewing wide from just inside the area and Carvalho getting on the end of a clever pass from Joe Lolley before firing over the bar.

Despite dominating the play, Forest found themselves behind on 14 minutes as Cardiff scored in their first attack of the game.

Former Forest man Lee Tomlin was involved in the move as Nathaniel Mendez-Laing curled a low effort into the bottom corner of the net past the stretching Brice Samba.

The goal seemed to stun Forest as Cardiff grew in confidence. Samba had to be alert to keep out Marlon Pack’s free kick before Tomlin also curled a set piece wide of the target but as the half wore on, Forest went back on the front foot in search of the equaliser.

They couldn’t find it and again, as they did in the first half, they started brightly without creating any real clear-cut openings, and were almost undone once again with Cardiff’s first foray forward of the half.

A cross to the back post found Gary Madine who squared the ball past the onrushing Samba and with the goal at his mercy, Junior Hoilett scuffed his effort allowing Joe Worrall to superbly clear off the line and away from danger.

The Reds were banging on the door to level the game but they couldn’t hit the target, with shots from Ben Watson, sub Alfa Semedo and Jack Robinson all leaving goalkeeper Neil Etheridge without any work to do.

A late chance fell to sub Rafa Mir but, as they had done all afternoon, the Cardiff defence threw their bodies on the line to block his effort as the Welsh side took all three points.

Forest: Samba, Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Robinson (Mir 80’), Watson (c), Silva, Carvalho (Semedo 66’), Lolley, Ameobi (Adomah 75’), Grabban

Unused subs: Smith, Bostock, Dawson, Chema

Cardiff: Etheridge, Peltier, Nelson, Flint, Bennett, Pack (c), Bacuna, Mendez-Laing (Paterson 80’), Hoilett (Morrison 86’), Tomlin, Madine (Ward 67’)

Unused subs: Smithies, Coxe, Vaulks, Murphy

Goal: Mendez-Laing (14’)

Booking: Madine 67’

Referee: Robert Jones

Attendance: 28,209 (1,480 away)

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Ticket News

Less than 1,000 tickets remain for Cardiff clash

29 November 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s home game against Cardiff City are being snapped up quickly and are still on general sale.

Only single seats remain in the Bridgford Stand and Trent End as well as a few seats together in the Peter Taylor Stand so supporters are advised to purchase their tickets soon to avoid disappointment.

The Bluebirds visit The City Ground on Saturday 30th November (kick-off 3pm) and prices for this fixture start from £28 for adults. For full pricing information, please see below:


Dates of sale

Home members - 9am on Monday 21st October*

Season card holders - 9am on Tuesday 22nd October**

General sale - 9am on Thursday 24th October

*1 ticket per home member

**3 additional tickets per season card holder

Tickets can be purchased by visiting, calling the ticket office on 0115 982 4388 or visiting the ticket office in-person.

Supporters who choose to buy tickets online can also beat the queues by taking advantage of the print-at-home service meaning that they can get their hands on their tickets immediately, rather than queuing to collect them. Why not check out this useful video which explains how it works...

For supporters who do choose the print-at-home option, please remember to open the PDF attachment which accompanies your purchase confirmation email. This contains the ticket you must print off and use on matchday. It is also worth remembering that print-at-home tickets on mobile phones will not work, so do not try this at the turnstiles as you will be sent to the ticket office to obtain a paper ticket instead.

Matchday hospitality

Hospitality packages start from just £60 (+VAT) per person and details can be found by visiting the commercial website or by calling 0115 982 4450 for more details.

Supporters with accessible seating needs

Supporters who are registered as having accessible seating requirements with Nottingham Forest can claim a Disabled Companion seat providing that they are entitled to the high rate of Disabled Living Allowance for either care or mobility, the high rate of Attendance Allowance or the Enhanced Rate of Personal Independence Payment.

Unfortunately, supporters who require a disabled companion seat (personal assistant) cannot currently buy their tickets online. However, you can still call the ticket office on 0115 982 4388 or email detailing your requirements and we will get back to you.

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