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01 October 2019 Venue Ewood Park Attendance

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

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Match preview: Blackburn vs Forest in association with Football Index

1 October 2019

Check out the match preview as Nottingham Forest make the journey to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn Rovers, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest will look to stretch their unbeaten run when they face Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds haven't tasted a league defeat since the opening day of the season and have notched up three consecutive away wins ahead of the trip to Lancashire. 

The win against Stoke on Friday night propelled Forest into top spot, before the weekend's results saw them drop to third but they will be keen to carry on the momentum and pick up another result on the road. 

Club News

Live on iFollow: Blackburn vs Forest

1 October 2019

Blackburn have had a mixed start to the season and fell to defeat at home to Luton on Saturday, so Rovers will be determined to make amends in front of their home support.

Team news

Nottingham Forest could welcome back Rafa Mir into the squad for tonight's game as the forward recovers from injury, but Michael Dawson is a definite absentee following his calf injury at Stoke on Friday night. Chema Rodriguez, Tobias Figueiredo and Alex Milosevic are all competing to take his spot in the side.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Blackburn wins
League 31 29 48
League Cup 2 1 2
FA Cup 1 2 3
Total 34 32 53

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From the opposition

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray is looking for his side to keep positive and bounce back after their home defeat against Luton on the weekend.


“When you break the weekend game down, we contrived to lose," he said. "But let’s be positive now, let’s try to keep dominating games and let’s attack Nottingham Forest.

“They’re a decent side who I don’t think have been beaten since the opening day of the season. Let’s keep going, this is the next game and the next opportunity for us.

“Let’s get back to doing what we’re good at and look to keep improving. Together, we know what we need to get better at and hopefully we’ll see improvement.

“Forest are a different challenge to the one Luton posed at the weekend. They have some good players and the result would suggest that they’re a very good side.

Ticket News

Tickets: Brentford (H)

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“They beat Stoke City on Friday night and with it went top for a few hours. They’re right up there competing, and it’s just the next challenge for us."


Tonight's referee is Stephen Martin from Staffordshire. He has taken charge of seven matches so far this season in the Championship, League One and Carabao Cup, showing 14 yellow cards.

He took charge of three Forest matches last season, the 1-0 win against Reading, the 1-0 defeat against Preston and the 2-1 defeat against Rotherham. 


Tickets for tonight's game are available to purchase on arrival at Ewood Park from the away ticket office. Full details can be found here


Tonight's game is available to watch live on iFollow Forest both abroad and in the UK for just £10! With a four-camera feed and commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham, watching the game with iFollow Forest offers excellent value for money. Full details can be found here.

There will also 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 7.45pm unless otherwise stated:


Hull vs Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds vs West Brom
Middlesbrough vs Preston
Wigan vs Birmingham
Reading vs Fulham (8pm)
Stoke vs Huddersfield (8pm)


Barnsley vs Derby
Brentford vs Bristol City
Cardiff vs QPR
Charlton vs Swansea
Luton vs Millwall

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Match Reports

Blackburn 1-1 Forest

1 October 2019

Nottingham Forest came from behind to earn a point in a battling display against Blackburn Rovers this evening and stretch their unbeaten league run to nine games.

Joe Lolley scored a superb long-range strike to level the game after Adam Armstrong gave Rovers the lead just after the hour-mark to extend Forest undefeated streak and ensure they remain unbeaten away from home this season.

The Reds made two changes from the side that defeated Stoke City last week. Yuri Ribeiro and Tobias Figueiredo came into the side, replacing Joao Carvalho and the injured Michael Dawson.

The visitors nearly got off to the perfect start in the opening minute, however Joe Lolley was denied by Christian Walton in the Rovers goal. A loose ball fell to the Forest winger on the edge of the six-yard box but his right-footed effort was pushed around Walton’s left-hand post.

Despite the early scare for the hosts, neither side were able to create any real goalscoring opportunities early on. Rovers were targeting frontman Bradley Dack in every attack, however, the Forest defence remained resolute. When the former Gillingham man did find a way through, he lacked the composure in front of goal as his effort sailed wide from the edge of the area on 26 minutes.

Forest’s leading goalscorer Lewis Grabban was also finding chances hard to come by. His right-footed effort from the edge of the Rovers penalty area was easily gathered by Walton as the match approached the half-hour mark.

As the half worn on, the visitors began to dominate possession, Samba Sow and Ben Watson were pulling the strings looking to release Lolley at every opportunity. However, despite a speculative effort from Ribiero close to half time, The Reds were unable to find a break through as the first half ended goalless.

Five minutes after the restart Forest skipper Ben Watson nearly doubled his tally for the season with a fierce drive from 30 yards out. After a Forest corner was only half cleared, Watson hit a sweet right-footed effort which skimmed the top of the crossbar. 

Minutes later the visitors had their best chance of the match so far through Grabban. Again Blackburn could only half clear a delivery from Lolley as the ball fell to Grabban just inside the hosts penalty box, but the striker's well-hit volley was straight at Walton in the Rovers goal. 

On the hour mark, Forest introduced Joao Carvalho to replace Sammy Ameobi as The Reds looked to capitalise on their dominance since the break. It was the home side, however, who broke the deadlock on 63 minutes through Adam Armstrong. The pacey winger was set free by Dack and despite attempts from Worrall and Robinson to block the shot, Armstrong neatly slid the ball underneath Brice Samba to put Rovers one up.

The lead was short lived though as Forest hit back within minutes. Lolley unleashed an unstoppable left-footed effort from 25 yards out to put the visitors back on level terms with his fourth goal of the campaign. 

With 20 minutes left on the clock, The Reds showed their ambition by bringing on Albert Adomah for Yuri Ribeiro as they went in search of a second.

Rovers were not content with a point also as they pushed men forward with every attack, but the Forest defence were equal to the challenge, throwing themselves at every shot and cross.

Despite both sides' best endeavours, neither were able to find a winner and the match ended all square, with The Reds' unbeaten run on the road continued.

Forest: Samba, Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Robinson, Watson (c), Sow (Silva 80'), Ameobi (Carvalho 62'), Lolley, Ribeiro (Adomah 72'), Grabban

Unused subs: Muric, Bostock, Chema, Johnson

Goal: Lolley 65'

Booking: Ameobi 33'

Blackburn: Walton, Bennett (c), Lenihan, Williams, Cunningham, Travis, Downing, Armstrong, Dack (Holtby 83'), Gallagher (Rothwell 59'), Graham (Samuel 83')

Unused subs: Leutwiler, Adarabioyo, Johnson, Evans

Goal: Armstrong 63'

Bookings: Lenihan 22', Downing 60'

Referee: Stephen Martin

Attendance: 12,521 (1,138 away)

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Ticket News

Pay-on-the-day at Blackburn

30 September 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Blackburn Rovers will be on sale on arrival at Ewood Park.

The Reds travel to Lancashire on Tuesday night aiming for their first win at Rovers' home since a 1-0 victory there in August 2013.

The club have received an initial allocation of 3,000 reserved seat tickets located behind the goal in the upper tier of the Bryan Douglas Darwen End and tickets are priced as follows:

Adults (26-64) £28
Seniors (65+) £20
18-25s £15
Under 18s £10
Under 12s £8

Tickets can be purchased, with cash or card, from the away ticket office at Ewood Park.

Official coach travel

Coach travel will depart the Brian Clough Stand at 3pm and is priced at £22. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

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