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Match Previews

Match preview: Reading vs Forest in association with Football Index

4 December 2020

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

The Reds head to Berkshire on Saturday hoping to build on the midweek point and clean sheet they picked up against Watford, facing another of the season's early frontrunners (kick-off 12.30pm).

Club News

Stats pack: Reading vs Forest

4 December 2020

The draw ended a run of three straight defeat's for Chris Hughton's side, with plenty of positives to take with them to the Madejski Stadium.

Reading started the season in fine form, winning seven of their opening eight matches, then followed that up with four successive defeats. Two draws and a win since have seen them get back on track as they aim to mount a top-six challenge.

The Royals will be backed by up to 2,000 fans on Saturday, as Forest take part in their first match since March with fans in attendance.

Team news

Click here for the latest team news ahead of the trip to the Madejski Stadium.

Forest thoughts


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Reading manager Veljko Paunovic was frustrated with his side's midweek draw at Sheffield Wednesday and hopes to use that as motivation for when they play in front of their own fans on Saturday.


Speaking after the match at Hillsbrough, he said: "We have to embrace the new momentum we are creating with the team. A win today woud have helped volumes, but instead it is a small point and a step towards where we want to go.

"We will use the anger and disappointment to bounce back and channel it into much needed energy for when we play next in front of our fans, finally, and we want to be in the best possible shape for our fans on Saturday.

"We are building a strong identity and a winning mentality - something we need to have throughout the whole season. We are brave, we are courageous and we're going to get ready for Saturday."

Club News

888sport betting preview: Forest to get back to winning ways

4 December 2020

Live coverage

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports, therefore there will be no live stream of the game available to purchase via iFollow Forest, but audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available.

There will also be full coverage of the game via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.


Gavin Ward will be the referee in charge of Saturday's game, his 10 match of the season. He has shown 25 yellow cards and one red card in those games.

Ward, from Surrey, has taken charge of five Forest games in his career, with Forest losing the three home games he has officiated and winning the two on the road.

Ward will be assisted by Daniel Leach and Adam Crysell, with Tim Robinson as the fourth official.

Club News

Classic matches: Reading vs Forest

4 December 2020

Other fixtures

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

Barnsley 0-4 Bournemouth
Brentford vs Blackburn
Bristol City vs Birmingham
Coventry vs Rotherham
Huddersfield vs QPR
Millwall vs Derby
Norwich vs Sheffield Wednesday
Preston vs Wycombe
Stoke vs Middlesbrough
Swansea vs Luton
Watford vs Cardiff

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Match Reports

Reading 2-0 Forest

5 December 2020

Ten-man Nottingham Forest's poor run of form continued as they were beaten 2-0 by Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

Ryan Yates received an early red card for a deliberate handball on the goal line with Reading top scorer Lucas Joao converting the resulting penalty and The Royals put the seal on all three points in the second half when defender Michael Morrison headed home from a corner.

Chris Hughton made one change to the side that drew with Watford in midweek as Scott McKenna returned to the starting line-up in place of Tobias Figueiredo while Samba Sow returned from injury to take on the bench with Loic Mbe Soh and Alex Mighten dropping out of the matchday squad.

Reds goalkeeper Brice Samba had to be alert in the game's opening stages to prevent the home side from taking the lead. Liam Moore's free-kick went straight into the Forest wall but the ball broke kindly for Yakou Meite and Samba had to readjust to produce a strong save and push away the Ivorian's swerving strike.

At the other end, Forest were unfortunate not to hit the front themselves through Lyle Taylor. Anthony Knockaert's inswinging delivery was perfect for the striker's run to the back post but despite looking destined to score, Reading goalkeeper Rafael was able to get across his line and turn the ball behind for a corner.

The turning point of the game came after only 14 minutes when Yates received his marching orders from referee Gavin Ward. Samba spilt an overhit free-kick under pressure from Tom Holmes and as the ball headed towards the net, Yates knocked the ball out with his hand and there was no hesitation from the officials to issue a penalty and a red card for the Forest midfielder. Joao subsequently sent Samba the wrong way from the spot.

Reading's strong tempo and quickness of thought was causing Forest problems and they had an excellent chance to make it 2-0 on 22 minutes. Michael Olise's diagonal ball set Meite away inside the penalty area and having turned away from his man, he could only dispatch the ball wide of the target and into the empty seats behind the goal.

Forest were trying to stem the tide and prevent Reading from taking that important two-goal lead before the interval. Joao's delivery into the six-yard box took a wicked deflection and almost caught Samba out at his near post but the Forest number one was able to get across and stop the ball spinning across his goal line.

The second goal for the home side had been coming and it arrived on 53 minutes. Olise's outswinging corner from the left was delivered into the Forest penalty area and Samba was rooted to the spot as Morrison planted a bullet header into the back of his net.

Hughton introduced Sow, Sammy Ameobi and Will Swan to the contest in an attempt to reverse the momentum but Reading still came forward at will. They had the ball in the back of the net once again on 79 minutes as Olise's free-kick was turned in but referee Ward had already blown his whistle for a Forest free-kick.

Having played 76 minutes with ten men, Forest failed to mount any sort of serious comeback and Reading were able to comfortably see out the game's closing stages to leave The Reds looking at five games without a win or a goal.

Forest: Samba; Christie, Worrall (c), McKenna (Figueiredo 46'), Ribeiro; Yates, Cafu, Arter (Sow 60'); Lolley, Taylor (Swan 71'), Knockaert (Ameobi 60')

Subs not used: Smith, Jenkinson, Guerrero, Dawson, Ioannou

Booking: Cafu 90'

Sent off: Yates 14'

Reading: Rafael; Holmes, Richards (Gibson 85'), Moore (c), Morrison; Rinomhota, Laurent, Ejaria (Esteves 81'), Olise (Aluko 81'); Meite (Semedo 74'), Joao (Baldock 86')

Subs not used: Southwood, McIntyre, Tetek, Onen

Goal: Joao (pen) 16', Morrison 53'

Booking: Richards 83'

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 2,000

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