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Match preview: Stoke vs Forest in association with Football Index

29 December 2020

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

Nottingham Forest end 2020 with a trip to Stoke City and will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run of three games at the bet365 Stadium (kick-off 8pm).

A win against Sheffield Wednesday and draws against Millwall and Birmingham have given The Reds some positive results to build on as they target all three points in the Potteries.

Stoke have made a strong start to the season, heading into this round of fixtures in seventh place, and will pose a tough test for Chris Hughton's side.

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Friday 27th September 2019 - Stoke 2-3 Forest

Referee

Dean Whitestone will be the referee for Tuesday night's match at the bet365 Stadium, taking charge of a Forest match for the first time this season. He has shown 22 yellow cards and no red cards in his 14 matches so far this season.

The referee from Northamptonshire has officiated five Forest matches in the past, most recently the 1-1 draw at Reading back in January, with The Reds winning one and losing one of those five.

Assisting Whitestone will be Daniel Leach and Shaun Hudson, whilst Ben Toner is the fourth official.

Other fixtures

To be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless otherwise stated:

Birmingham vs Derby (5.30pm)
Millwall P-P Watford
Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough (7pm)
Huddersfield vs Blackburn
Luton vs Bristol City
Norwich vs QPR
Preston vs Coventry
Rotherham vs Barnsley
Wycombe vs Cardiff
Brentford vs Bournemouth (Wednesday, 5.30pm)
Swansea vs Reading (Wednesday, 8pm)

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Match Reports

Stoke 1-1 Forest

29 December 2020

A good second-half performance from Nottingham Forest saw them come from behind to earn a point against Stoke City this evening.

James Chester’s own goal following Anthony Knockaert’s cross into the box levelled the scores in the second half after Jordan Thompson’s corner went straight into the net to put Stoke ahead in the first 45 minutes.

The Reds hit back after the break and could have come away with all three points but were made to settle for just one to end 2020 on a four-game unbeaten run.

Chris Hughton made one change to the Forest side which drew against Birmingham on Boxing Day, with Knockaert replacing Alex Mighten who dropped to the bench.

There was a quiet opening to the game with little in the way of goalmouth action, but Forest were getting some joy out of Knockaert’s superb set-piece delivery as Joe Worrall came close to prodding home from a corner on 16 minutes.

A minute later and Brice Samba was called into action at the foot of his near post to keep out Sam Vokes’ flicked effort, but the Forest keeper was beaten from the resulting corner as Jordan Thompson’s delivery evaded Lewis Grabban at the front post and caught Samba by surprise as it snuck in off his shins.

That trio of chances was about the extent of the goalscoring opportunities in a very quiet first half at the bet365 Stadium, with The Reds needing to lift their game to stand a chance of getting anything out of the match.

They started the second half well, moving the ball positively and working hard to create an opening. Cyrus Christie did that on 58 minutes as he cut inside from the right and hit a good left-footed effort which fizzed just past the far post.

On 65 minutes Forest deservedly levelled the game as another excellent cross into the box by Knockaert was flicked into his own net by James Chester under pressure from Joe Worrall.

The match was being played in very difficult conditions as a thick fog descended, making visibility very limited, but Forest continued to show an improvement as two substitutes linked up. Joe Lolley played Lyle Taylor in down the right, then the forward returned the pass for Lolley in the middle who couldn’t divert the ball on target under pressure from Nathan Collins.

Forest were almost gifted the winning goal with five minutes remaining as the experienced Jon Obi Mikel inadvertently played a defence-splitting through pass for Cafu, who had read the situation well. Cafu controlled and shot goalwards from 15 yards out but Stoke keeper Joe Bursik was out quickly and got a crucial touch to divert the ball wide.

From the resulting corner, Tobias Figueiredo got in a diving header which went just wide of the near post, and in added time all of Forest’s hard work was almost undone as Sam Vokes had a free header in front of goal but he planted it straight at Samba.

Ryan Yates hammered over the bar and Knockaert broke through to fire wide with Taylor well-placed in the middle, but The Reds had to settle for a point.

Forest: Samba; Christie, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro; Sow, Yates; Ameobi (Lolley 64’), Cafu, Knockaert; Grabban (c) (Taylor 76’)

Unused subs: Smith, Mbe Soh, Bong, Jenkinson, Mighten, Guerrero, Arter

Goal: Chester own goal 65’ 

Stoke: Bursik; Chester (c), Souttar, Collins; McClean, Thompson (Mikel 68’), Allen (Clucas 61’), Smith; Powell (Ince 82’); Vokes, Brown (Oakley-Boothe 82’)

Unused subs: Lonergan, Batth, Shawcross, Verlinden, Cousins

Goal: Thompson 18’

Booking: Brown 81’

Referee: Dean Whitestone

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