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Match preview: Forest vs Brentford in association with Football Index

4 October 2019

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

Nottingham Forest return to The City Ground after three tough away trips as they face Brentford in the final match before the international break (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds kept up their unbeaten away league record with four points from games against Stoke and Blackburn and will be hoping to stretch their streak to 10 games as they keep pace at the top of the league. 

Ticket News

Tickets: Brentford (H)

4 October 2019

Brentford have had a mixed start to the season but picked up an away victory over Barnsley last weekend before drawing with Bristol City in midweek as they look to push towards the top six.

Team news

Rafa Mir is available for selection once again after recovering from injury, but Michael Dawson remains sidelined. He should return following the international break, with Ryan Yates also set to return to full training during the break.

John Bostock returned to the matchday squad in midweek but Alfa Semedo is still out with a back injury.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Brentford wins
League 8 8 12
FA Cup 1 0 0
League Cup 1 0 0
Other 1 0 0
Total 11 8 12

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Dean Whitestone from Northamptonshire will take charge of Saturday's game, his eighth game of the season. He has shown 22 yellow cards in his matches so far this season across the Championship and Carabao Cup having stepped up to the second tier this season. 

The last Forest game he took charge of was a 2-1 defeat against Reading at the Madejski Stadium back in April 2016.

Tickets and travel

There is limited availability for the clash at The City Ground, with another big crowd set to descend on Trentside. Full ticket information can be found here.

Making your way to The City Ground by car, bus or train? Check out our travel guide to make your journey a smooth one.

Club News

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3 October 2019


International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the match live, while audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham is also available.

The club's official social media channels and the Match Centre will also have full coverage of the game.

Other fixtures

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

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

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Match Reports

Forest 1-0 Brentford

Winner from Watson sends Reds into the international break as joint-leaders

5 October 2019

It was a case of déjà vu at The City Ground as Ben Watson's 56th-minute strike gave Nottingham Forest a 1-0 win over Brentford.

Watson's effort came in the same minute as his winning goal in the previous home game against Barnsley and ensured Forest would end the day as joint-leaders of the Sky Bet Championship.

Sabri Lamouchi made three changes from Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Blackburn as Chema, Tiago Silva and Joao Carvalho came into the side in place of Tobias Figueiredo, Jack Robinson and Sammy Ameobi.

Joe Lolley carved out the game's first real opportunity as he produced a strong run through the middle third, racing past two Brentford midfielders, but his well-hit strike was comfortably saved by David Raya in The Bees' goal.

The game was proving to be an open affair with plenty of space afforded to both teams and Brice Samba was called upon to make a decent save from Josh Dasilva after the Brentford midfielder had found too much of that space on the right-hand side of the Forest penalty area.

Forest were pushing for the opening goal and Silva came within a whisker of handing them a 34th-minute lead as he curled a superb 25-yard free-kick inches wide of Raya's right-hand post after Yuri Ribeiro had been brought down in a central position.

The visitors almost found the breakthrough in fortunate fashion in first-half stoppage time. Mathias Jensen's 30-yard free-kick took a massive deflection off the Forest wall but a wrong-footed Samba was able to shift his weight and get back across to make the save and ensure it was goalless at the break.

Watson had scored the opening goal in the 56th minute of the last home game against Barnsley and he repeated the feat this time around. A right-wing corner was sent deep to the back post, Joe Worrall headed the ball back across goal and Watson produced a sublime finish to crash the ball into Raya's net.

Forest were happy to invite Brentford on and try to hit them on the break and they almost did so on 72 minutes. Lewis Grabban latched onto a ball in behind The Bees' defence, held it up and laid it off to Silva inside the penalty area but his powerful drive whistled past the post with Raya beaten.

Streaming forward at every opportunity, Forest were sensing they could put the game to bed and Raya was forced into two low saves to prevent substitute Ameobi from doubling the lead, the second from a shot on the edge of the penalty area.

Brentford were forced to end the contest with only 10 men on the field as Sergi Canos limped off injured after The Bees had made all three of their substitutions and Forest saw the game out in relatively comfortable fashion to ensure they went into the international break in style.

Forest: Samba; Cash, Worrall, Chema, Ribeiro; Sow (Adomah 78'), Watson (c); Lolley, Silva, Carvalho (Ameobi 64'); Grabban (Mir 90')

Subs not used: Muric, Figueiredo, Bostock, Robinson

Goal: Watson 56'

Brentford: Raya; Henry, Jeanvier, Jansson (c), Dalsgaard; Mbeumo (Mokotjo 63'), Dasilva (Benrahma 63'), Norgaard, Jensen (Karelis 76'), Canos; Watkins

Subs not used: Daniels, Thompson, Pinnock, Clarke

Booking: Canos 35'

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Attendance: 27,596 (1,005 away)

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Ticket News

Brentford ticket information

5 October 2019

Nottingham Forest supporters are reminded that tickets for today’s home game against Brentford are still available but are selling fast!

If you have not yet purchased tickets, make sure that you visit The City Ground early or call the ticket office between 9am and 12.15pm to secure your tickets and avoid the disappointment of missing out on the game. Alternatively, you can visit to buy online and, if you have access to a printer, print out your own match tickets using the print-at-home facility to beat the queues.

If you have already purchased tickets and have chosen to collect them, you can do so from the main ticket office from 9am. Please arrive as early as possible to collect your tickets to make sure you do not queue unnecessarily.

From 1pm, all Forest vs Brentford ticket collections will be relocated to the collections office which is situated at the corner of the Brian Clough Stand and Trent End. Again, we would urge you to collect your tickets as early as possible to avoid missing kick-off.

Supporters who have either misplaced their tickets or have not received their tickets in the post are requested to call the ticket office on 0115 982 4388 to have duplicate tickets organised in their place. Calling ahead will also reduce any delays you might face.

Season card holders are reminded that their cards are active for this fixture and are urged, wherever possible, to arrive at the stadium at least 45 minutes prior to kick-off to ensure that their season card works and enable us to resolve any potential issues which would otherwise result in you missing kick-off.

If you find that your ticket does not work in the turnstiles, please locate the nearest member of our here-to-help squad, who will be on hand to assist you in getting into the stadium as smoothly as possible. Members are the here-to-help squad are easy to spot in their fluorescent pink high-visibility jackets.

Advice for other games

If you are looking to purchase tickets for any other Forest games which are currently on sale or you have purchased tickets and wish to collect them, you will be able to do so at the main ticket office between 9am and 1pm today. After this point, you are requested to do so after the final whistle, again from the main ticket office.

This will ensure that supporters who need assistance for the Brentford game can be prioritised and ensure they do not miss kick-off.

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