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Match preview: Stoke vs Forest in association with Football Index

27 September 2019

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's clash with Stoke City with the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest return to Sky Bet Championship action as they travel to face Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium (kick-off 8pm).

Forest lost out in the Carabao Cup in midweek but will be looking to continue their strong league form, with an unbeaten run stretching seven games and a chance to go top of the table with victory over The Potters.

Club News

Listen to Stoke vs Forest live on iFollow for £2.50!

26 September 2019

Stoke have had a tough start to the season and await their first victory of the campaign, with the midweek cup exit at the hands of Crawley Town doing their confidence no favours ahead of the clash.

Team news

There are no fresh injury concerns for The Reds ahead of the trip to Stoke. Rafa Mir is not yet fit but could be pushing to be involved on Tuesday against Blackburn.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Stoke wins
League 41 29 30
League Cup 1 0 0
FA Cup 2 2 1
Total 44 31 31

From the opposition

Stoke City assistant manager, and former Forest manager, Paul Hart believes that Nathan Jones is determined to turn his side's fortunes around ahead of the clash against The Reds.

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He said: “Each individual deals with pressure in different ways and I’m sure Nathan is probably feeling that as well. The biggest pressure he has is the pressure and targets he puts on himself, that’s the type of character he is, because he wants to succeed and that’s what I admire about his attitude.

“It sounds pretty obvious but we can’t dwell on what might happen, we have to concentrate on the next game and try to get a result. That’s our job.

"It appears to me that he is dealing with things pretty well, he is giving everything to the job but he also knows this is a results business and we haven’t won enough football matches this season.

“Winning football matches is clearly what this game is about and our current form is what needs addressing so he has had to stay focussed on the work he has been delivering at the training ground.

“That is what is most important at the moment. Looking back at the Bristol City and Brentford games there has been improvements from the players and the way they want to play."

Ticket News

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Referee

Andy Madley will be the referee on Friday night as he takes charge of his fourth match of the season. Madley has shown nine yellow cards and one red card in his three games so far this season.

He took charge of three Forest games last season, the 2-2 draw at Blackburn, the 2-0 defeat against Chelsea in the FA Cup and the 2-0 reverse against Sheffield United in which Yohan Benalouane was sent off. 

Tickets

Forest will be backed by yet another sold-out crowd as supporters have snapped up all 2,931 tickets available.

Pre-paid tickets and duplicates for tonight's game can be collected from turnstile 55 at the bet365 Stadium from 6.30pm onwards.

Coverage

The game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, therefore there will be no live feed on iFollow Forest. Audio commentary is available, however, and you can listen to the action unfold wherever you are in the world for just £2.50. Full details can be found here

The easiest way to follow the action is via the club's official app, where you can listen to the action on the go. Download the app here:

iOS - http://apple.co/2hCqABr
Android - http://bit.ly/2wmXtp6

Other fixtures

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

Fulham vs Wigan (Friday, 7.45pm)
QPR vs West Brom (12.30pm)
Blackburn vs Luton
Charlton vs Leeds
Derby vs Birmingham
Huddersfield vs Millwall
Hull vs Cardiff
Middlesbrough vs Sheffield Wednesday
Preston vs Bristol City
Swansea vs Reading
Barnsley vs Brentford (Sunday, 1.30pm)

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Match Reports

Stoke 2-3 Forest

Reds top the Sky Bet Championship table with first victory at the bet365 Stadium

27 September 2019

Nottingham Forest moved to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table thanks to an exhilarating 3-2 victory at Stoke City.

Lee Gregory's early opener floored Forest but they responded superbly and turned the game on its head courtesy of strikes from Joe Lolley and Sammy Ameobi, the latter's first goal in the Garibaldi.

Lewis Grabban stretched The Reds' lead to 3-1 just after the hour mark and despite James McClean's late header, Sabri Lamouchi's men hung on to seal their third league win on the bounce.

Lamouchi made two changes from the league victory over Barnsley last weekend as The Reds made the short journey to the bet365 stadium.Ameobi and Jack Robinson replaced Tiago Silva and Yuri Ribeiro respectively.

The home side flew out of the blocks as they went in search of their first win of the season as Gregory made it third time lucky after seeing his previous two efforts denied. 

The warning signs were there for Forest as the former Millwall man saw a shot cleared off the line by Michael Dawson and a free-kick tipped over the bar by Brice Samba but he finally got the better of the Forest defence when he pounced on a loose ball inside the visitors' penalty area and volleyed home to put Stoke ahead.

Just after the half-hour mark, Lamouchi was forced into a change when skipper Dawson picked up an injury and had to be replaced by Chema Rodriguez, who was making his league debut since his summer move to The City Ground.

Forest, who had struggled to find any sort of rhythm in the match, found themselves level on 36 minutes through Lolley. After Jack Butland struggled to deal with a Matty Cash cross, Lolley latched onto the loose ball and fired home from six yards out to put Forest level.

As the half wore on, the visitors became more dominant and began to control possession. Cash was enjoying plenty of freedom on the right-hand side with Grabban always looking dangerous in and around the penalty area.

The Reds continued that momentum into the second half and were instantly rewarded. It was Cash again with the delivery from the right and Ameobi rose above the Stoke defence to power a header past Butland. The summer signing perfectly directed his header into the top left-hand corner for his first goal for The Reds.

Despite a brief fightback from the home side, Forest added a third on the hour mark through Grabban. Ameobi fought and pinched the ball from defender Tom Edwards deep inside the Stoke half and after his cross was played back into the area by Lolley, Grabban managed to turn and poke the ball into the net from inside the penalty area to make it five this season for the frontman.

With a two-goal cushion the visitors were now in full control as Stoke desperately searched for a way back into the match. With ten minutes left on the clock substitute Tyrese Campbell tried his luck from the edge of the visitors' penalty area but Samba comfortably gathered the ball safe from any danger. 

However, with five minutes remaining The Potters did grab themselves a lifeline when McClean flicked on a left-wing free-kick with his head and the ball found its way into the far corner of Samba's net to ensure it would be a nervy final few minutes for Forest.

The Reds superbly controlled the final stages of the contest and picked up another impressive victory on the road to ensure they would end a memorable Friday night at the summit of the Sky Bet Championship.

Forest: Samba; Cash, Worrall, Dawson (c) (Chema 34'), Robinson; Watson, Sow; Lolley (Adomah 77'), Carvalho (Silva 60'), Ameobi; Grabban

Subs not used: Muric, Ribeiro, Figueiredo, Johnson

Goals: Lolley 36', Ameobi 47', Grabban 61'

Bookings: Lolley 20', Dawson 23', Sow 38', Watson 70'

Stoke: Butland (c); Edwards, Carter-Vickers, Martins Indi, McClean; Ince, N'Diaye (Lindsay 51'), Powell (Vokes 68'), Etebo, Clucas; Gregory (Campbell 74')

Subs not used: Federici, Batth, Cousins, Duffy

Goals: Gregory 10', McClean 84'

Referee: Andrew Madley

Attendance: 23,800 (2,783 away)

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Ticket News

Stoke tickets sold out

26 September 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Stoke City on Friday 27th September (kick-off 8pm) have now sold out.

Reds supporters have snapped up the full allocation of 2,931 tickets for the clash at the bet365 Stadium as Forest go in search of another impressive result on the road to back up their strong performances at Leeds United, Charlton Athletic, Fulham and Swansea City.

Official coach travel

Coach travel will depart the Brian Clough Stand at 4.45pm and is priced at £18. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

Coach travel can be purchased by visiting tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk or by visiting the ticket office in-person.

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