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Match preview: Forest vs Cardiff in association with Football Index

8 January 2021

Check out all you need to know ahead of Saturday's Emirates FA Cup third-round tie between Nottingham Forest and Cardiff  City in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest get their Emirates FA Cup campaign underway when Cardiff City visit The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 12pm).

The Reds will be looking to take their improved league form into the cup competition, clocking up a fifth game unbeaten with victory at Preston last weekend. They now face fellow Championship Cardiff with a spot in the fourth round up for grabs.

Cardiff will be aiming to use the FA Cup as a springboard for their league form, which has suffered in recent weeks with three straight defeats.

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From the opposition

Cardiff manager Neil Harris says the FA Cup this season is not the same without fans but hopes to continue his successes in the competition.


He said: "If you take the fans out of it, you're taking away a massive chunk of the FA Cup, but it's a competition that I enjoy and we're taking seriously, as always.

"I was very fortunate to have played or managed in quarter-finals, a semi-final and a final, so I've had a great affiliation with the competition, but it's not the same without the fans.

"It's the best cup competition in the world for two reasons: because the fans buy into it in the UK and because the underdog status gives you the opportunity to play in a cup final.

"It's a game I want to win and I'll be picking a team accordingly to win the game."

Live coverage

Due to broadcasting restrictions, the match will not be available to watch on iFollow Forest, both in the UK and Ireland and overseas. Audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham is available, however, and you can purchase your audio pass here.

BT Sport subscribers can watch the match live via BT Sport Extra 4, with full details to be found here.


The referee in charge of Saturday's game will be David Webb from Lancashire. Webb has taken charge of 18 matches so far this season across the Championship and Carabao Cup, showing 49 yellow cards and three red cards.

Webb has taken charge of one Forest match this season, the 0-0 home draw against Watford, with the third-round tie beind his 10th Forest match in his career. Forest have won three, drawn three and lost three of the previous nine.

Webb will be assisted by Rob Smith and Mark Cunliffe, with Thomas Bramall as the fourth official.


Should Saturday's game end in a draw after 90 minutes, there will be 30 minutes of extra-time and penalties should it be required. There will be no replays.

As in the Championship, teams are able to name nine substitutes, five of which can be used in a maximum of three opportunities, excluding half-time. Any unused substitutes can be carried over into extra-time, with a further opportunity also available in the additional period.

Other ties

To be played at 3pm unless otherwise stated:


Aston Villa vs Liverpool (7.45pm)
Wolves vs Crystal Palace (7.45pm)


Boreham Wood vs Millwall (12pm)
Everton vs Rotherham (12pm)
Luton vs Reading (12pm)
Norwich vs Coventry (12pm)
Chorley vs Derby (12.15pm)
Blackburn vs Doncaster
Blackpool vs West Brom
Bournemouth vs Oldham
Bristol Rovers vs Sheffield United
Burnley vs MK Dons
Exeter vs Sheffield Wednesday
QPR vs Fulham
Stevenage vs Swansea
Stoke vs Leicester
Wycombe vs Preston
Arsenal vs Newcastle (5.30pm)
Brentford vs Middlesbrough (6pm)
Huddersfield vs Plymouth (6pm)
Manchester United vs Watford (8pm)
Southampton P-P Shrewsbury


Barnsley vs Tranmere (1.30pm)
Bristol City vs Portsmouth (1.30pm)
Chelsea vs Morecambe (1.30pm)
Cheltenham vs Mansfield (1.30pm)
Crawley vs Leeds (1.30pm)
Manchester City vs Birmingham (1.30pm)
Marine vs Tottenham (5pm)
Newport vs Brighton (7.45pm)


Stockport vs West Ham (8pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 1-0 Cardiff

9 January 2021

Nottingham Forest moved into the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup courtesy of a 1-0 win over Cardiff City at The City Ground.

Lyle Taylor's third-minute strike was the difference between the two sides as Forest produced another superb defensive performance to earn a place in Monday night's fourth-round draw and a first home win over The Bluebirds since 2012.

Chris Hughton made eight changes to the side that won at Preston North End last weekend as only Joe Worrall, Cafu and Sammy Ameobi kept their places in the starting line-up while there was a return to the squad for defender Tyler Blackett following his recovery from injury.

Much had been made about the importance of the cup to both sides but Forest were right on the money from the start and took the lead after only three minutes. Gaetan Bong raced down the left-hand channel and pulled the back to Taylor who delivered an outstanding volley finish into the roof of the net from 15 yards out.

The visitors had made a slow start to proceedings but they grew into the contest and went close to levelling on 11 minutes. The ball was pulled back to the edge of the penalty area for Leandro Bacuna to strike but the former Aston Villa man drilled his effort over Jordan Smith's crossbar.

A mistake from Joe Lolley gave the visitors a sight of goal shortly after the half-hour mark as his weak header fell into the path of Harry Wilson but the Cardiff midfielder hammered his 35-yard volley wide of the target and Forest were able to breathe once again.

Cardiff were the dominant force in an attacking sense and two passes almost led to an equaliser on 37 minutes. A long ball into space down the left-hand side allowed Josh Murphy into the penalty area, he drilled the ball across the face of the Forest goal but Robert Glatzel couldn't get there in time and the ball flashed out on the other side of the box for The Reds to clear.

Forest began the second half by inviting pressure on themselves and Cardiff almost levelled from a set-piece just before the hour mark. Harry Arter lunged into a challenge on Wilson 20 yards from goal but the Liverpool curled his free-kick just around the post via a slight deflection off the wall on its way through.

Hughton introduced Alex Mighten to the fray on 60 minutes and the youngster almost had the desired impact 12 minutes after coming on. Mighten drove powerfully through the middle third, leaving two Cardiff midfielders in his wake, and powered a low strike towards goal but Dillon Phillips got down well to make a fairly routine save.

The visitors almost levelled with two minutes of normal time to play through a carbon copy of Taylor's opener. Left-back Joel Bagan delivered an excellent ball into the penalty area which was met by a thumping effort from substitute Junior Hoilett but the ball flew narrowly over Smith's crossbar and into the Bridgford Stand.

Despite four minutes of stoppage time and a number of high balls from Cardiff into the penalty area, Forest saw the game out to make it six matches unbeaten and earn themselves a spot in Monday's draw for the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup. 

Forest: Smith; Jenkinson, Worrall (c), McKenna, Bong; Cafu, Arter (Sow 85'); Lolley, Guerrero (Yates 66'), Ameobi (Mighten 60'); Taylor

Subs not used: Samba, Christie, Mbe Soh, Dawson, Blackett, Swan

Goal: Taylor 3'

Cardiff: Phillips; Bacuna, Nelson, Bagan, Bennett; Vaulks (Hoilett 63'), Pack (c) (Harris 84'); Wilson, Ralls, Murphy (Ojo 78'); Glatzel

Subs not used: Smithies, Whyte, Evans, Patten

Referee: David Webb

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