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12 December 2020 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Match preview: Forest vs Brentford in association with Football Index

11 December 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's clash against Brentford on Saturday, in association with Football Index.

The Reds return to The City Ground to face Brentford on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) looking for some home comforts after two tough away trips.

Defeats came against high-flying duo Reading and Norwich but Chris Hughton's men will be hoping to build on the positives from the Norwich loss when they take on The Bees.

After play-off heartbreak last season, Brentford have bounced back and will provide a tough test on Trentside.

Team news

Click here for the latest team news from the Nottingham Forest dressing room.

Forest thoughts

Rainbow Laces

Nottingham Forest are proud to support the Rainbow Laces campaign and support the LGBT+ community to promote inclusion in football.

The club will be showing it's support with rainbow coloured corner flags and captain's armband, with messages on the big screen and LED advertising boards.

There is also a rainbow coloured front cover of Saturday's edition of Forest Review, in which there is an interview with Kevin George from the LGBT+ Trickies supporter group. You can read a sample of the interview here.

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Supporters can order their copy of Forest Review from the Ignition Sports Media website, where you can also subscribe for the remainder of the campaign and have each edition delivered to your door.

Live coverage

Saturday's match against Brentford will be available to watch live on iFollow Forest!

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The full 90 minutes of action at The City Ground is available, with season card holders who selected option 1 able to access the live stream.

Other fans can purchase a match pass for £10, with audio passes featuring commentary from BBC Radio Nottingham also available.

Click here to find out more and to purchase your match pass.

Referee

Geoff Eltringham from County Durham will be the referee in charge of Saturday's game, his second Forest match of the season having previously officiated the 2-1 home win against Coventry.

Eltringham has refereed 10 games so far this season in the Championship, League Two and Carabao Cup, showing 34 yellow cards and two red cards.

It will be the 14th time Eltringham has been in charge of a Forest match, with The Reds having won four and lost five of those games.

Other fixtures

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

Cardiff vs Swansea (12.30pm)
Birmingham vs Watford
Blackburn vs Norwich
Bournemouth vs Huddersfield
Derby vs Stoke
Luton vs Preston
Middlesbrough vs Millwall
QPR vs Reading
Rotherham vs Bristol City
Sheffield Wednesday vs Barnsley
Wycombe vs Coventry

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Match Reports

Forest 1-3 Brentford

12 December 2020

Nottingham Forest were beaten 3-1 by a clinical Brentford performance at The City Ground this afternoon.

Goals from Henrik Dalsgaard, Josh Dasilva and Ivan Toney were enough to earn all three points for The Bees as Forest grabbed a late consolation goal through Joe Worrall before Anthony Knockaert was then sent off for a second bookable offence.

Chris Hughton made one change to the side that was beaten at Norwich on Wednesday night as Ryan Yates returned from his one-match suspension to take Samba Sow's place in midfield while Gaeten Bong came back onto the substitutes' bench with Michael Dawson and Nicholas Ioannou missing out on a place in the matchday squad.

The Reds were almost caught cold by a rapid seventh-minute counter-attack from the visitors. Joe Lolley slipped as he tried to deliver a cross from the right, Brentford powered through midfield with a four-on-two attack but fortunately for Forest, The Bees' top scorer Ivan Toney drilled the ball into the side netting at Brice Samba's near post.

Brentford did make the breakthrough with 15 minutes on the clock through a set-piece. Mathias Jensen's left-wing corner was pin-point for the run of Dalsgaard and the Danish international powered his header beyond Samba into the back of the Forest net.

The high-flying visitors were making life extremely tough for Forest and they almost doubed their lead midway through the first half. Tarique Fosu-Henry's cross was headed out only as far as Bryan Mbeumo but Samba made a superb save down low to his left-hand side to push away the Frenchman's powerful strike.

It was the away side who were creating all the goalscoring opportunities at The City Ground and they almost furthered their advantage in spectacular fashion. A right-wing cross from Emiliano Marcondes was perfect for Toney to fire towards goal with an acrobatic volley but it cleared Samba's crossbar by a matter of inces.

Forest had struggled to create anything of note going forwards but their first real effort on goal arrived on 38 minutes. Sammy Ameobi powered towards the edge of the Brentford penalty area and sent a stinging strike which David Raya palmed away before the Spaniard scooped up Harry Arter's follow-up attempt.

As the first half entered one minute of stoppage time, Forest almost found an equaliser against the run of play. A free-kick from midway inside the Brentford half was cleared only as far as the striker on the corner of the penalty area but his audacious volley flew wide of Raya's left-hand post.

Hughton made a double substitution at half-time as Anthony Knockaert and Miguel Guerrero replaced Lolley and Harry Arter and Forest started the second half on the front foot. Ameobi went on a terrific run into the Brentford penalty area and delivered a low cross all the way through the six-yard box but no-one in Garibaldi could get on the end of it and the ball drifted out on the far side.

As the game moved beyond the hour mark, Forest thought they had their equaliser. An excellent move ended with Knockaert sweeping the ball into the bottom-left corner of Raya's net but the assistant referee had his flag up as Lyle Taylor was adjudged to have been in the goalkeeper's line of sight as Knockaert sent his shot towards goal.

Forest were an unrecognisable outfit from the first half and were flooding forwards at every opportunity. Knockaert was denied with 14 minutes remaining as his thunderous strike was touched over the crossbar by Raya before Yates headed the ball over the crossbar from the resulting corner.

For all their pressure, Forest had been unable to drag themselves level and they paid the price with seven minutes to play. Guerrero gave the ball away needlessly in the middle of the park and Brentford came forward on the counter-attack and the move ended with substitute Dasilva curling a terrific effort around Samba from the edge of the box into the far corner of the net.

If it wasn't game over at that point then it was when Toney made it 3-0 with two minutes of normal time to play. A long ball over the top of the Forest back four wasn't dealt with by Samba or Tobias Figueiredo and Toney nipped in to stab the ball beyond The Reds' goalkeeper and into the back of an empty net.

Forest grabbed a consolation goal in the second minute of stoppage time when Worrall converted Knockaert's free-kick with a fantastic header but worse was to follow for The Reds when Knockaert was shown a second yellow card for a dive inside the Brentford penalty area in the final minute of added time.

Forest: Samba; Christie, Figueiredo, Worrall (c), Ribeiro: Arter (Guerrero 46'), Yates, Cafu; Lolley (Knockaert 46'), Taylor, Ameobi

Subs not used: Smith, Mbe Soh, Bong, Jenkinson, Mighten, Sow, Swan

Goal: Worrall 90'

Bookings: Figueiredo 61', Samba 64', Knockaert 79'

Sent off: Knockaert 90'

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard (c), Pinnock, Sorensen, Henry; Janelt, Marcondes (Haygarth 89'), Jensen (Dasilva 66'); Mbeumo (Ghoddos 86'), Fosu-Henry (Canos 66'), Toney (Pressley 89')

Subs not used: Daniels, Thompson, Jansson, Stevens

Goals: Dalsgaard 15', Dasilva 83', Toney 88'

Bookings: Toney 64', Raya 82', Janelt 90'

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

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