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Match preview: Forest vs Millwall in association with Football Index

15 January 2021

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

Nottingham Forest welcome Millwall to The City Ground as The Reds look to continue their unbeaten run on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Club News

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15 January 2021

With five games without defeat in the league and progress in the Emirates FA Cup, Chris Hughton's team have started to pick up results and will be looking for another home triumph against The Lions.

It has been a tough run for Millwall, however, with just one league win in the last 14 games, and Gary Rowett will be hoping that their cup win and a morale-boosting point away at Bournemouth in midweek will give his side a lift.

Team news

Click here to find out the latest team news from the Nottingham Forest dressing room.

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From the opposition

Gary Rowett believes that his side are showing encouraging signs as they get better and better after a poor run of form.

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Speaking after their midweek draw against Bournemouth, Rowett said: “The reality is there are a lot of good sides [in the Championship]. We had a bit of misfortune but we had a really poor run when maybe we were chasing results too hard and opening ourselves up.

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From the visitors' camp: Millwall

15 January 2021

“And that’s not us, we’re not good enough to outplay teams in a 50/50 match. The last four games – or three of them – we’ve got back to what we’re better at which is that compact shape, that hard work within that shape, using that pace of the likes of [Kenneth] Zohore, [Jed] Wallace, [Troy] Parrott, [Mason] Bennett, people like that that can break up the pitch incisively when the space is there.

“We’ve won one, drawn two and lost one in the last four but we’ve had some encouraging performances.

“We’ve been to Norwich and drawn, been here and had far more of the game than at Norwich, and certainly if we put the same application in and be more clinical then we’ll win plenty more games between now and the end of the season.”

Live coverage

Saturday's game is being shown live on iFollow Forest, with match passes available to purchase. Click here for full details.

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Matchday programme

Saturday's edition of Forest Review features an interview with Cafu as he discusses his time at The City Ground so far, with all of the regular features and columnists.

You can pay for a printed copy to be delivered to your door or you can read the programme in full, for free, online now.

Order now from the Igntion Sports Media store, or read the programme here.

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Referee

Keith Stroud is the referee taking charge of Saturday's game at The City Ground. Stroud, from Hampshire, has officiated 20 matches so far this season in the Championship, League Two, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, showing 48 yellow cards and one red card.

He took charge of Forest's home match against Bristol City back in October, with the clash against Millwall being his 18th overseeing The Reds. Forest have won three of the previous 17, losing eight.

Stroud will be assisted by Jonathan Hunt and Sam Lewis, with Paul Marsden as fourth official.

Other fixtures

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

Middlesbrough vs Birmingham (12.30pm)
Blackburn vs Stoke
Bournemouth vs Luton
Bristol City vs Preston
Cardiff vs Norwich
Coventry P-P Sheffield Wednesday
Derby vs Rotherham
QPR P-P Wycombe
Reading P-P Brentford
Watford vs Huddersfield
Barnsley vs Swansea (7.45pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 3-1 Millwall

16 January 2021

Nottingham Forest produced an excellent team performance to make it three successive victories with a 3-1 win over Millwall at The City Ground this afternoon.

A Sammy Ameobi brace and Ryan Yates’ late strike handed Forest a three-goal cushion, and although Ben Thompson pulled a goal back for the visitors, The Reds held on to secure another vital three points which stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions.

Chris Hughton made seven changes to the side which beat Cardiff in the Emirates FA Cup last time out as Joe Worrall, Scott McKenna, Cafu and Sammy Ameobi kept their places in the starting line-up, whilst Anthony Knockaert returned to the squad after he extended his stay at the club until the end of the season.

The Reds began the brighter of the two sides, dominating possession from the off as well as creating a couple of good opportunities to take the lead. Cyrus Christie saw an effort from the edge of the area fly over the crossbar, before Lewis Grabban found himself through on goal but his low shot was well saved by goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

Hughton’s side continued to search for an opener, pinning the visitors inside their own half and they went close again mid-way through the first-half. A mistimed clearance presented Worrall with a chance to shoot from a Cafu corner, but the Forest centre-back failed to hit the target from close-range.

But it was only a matter of time before Forest would break the deadlock, and they did so on 34 minutes. Good work from Samba Sow allowed Ameobi some space to have an effort from distance and his viscous strike flew into the bottom corner via a deflection, leaving Bialkowski with little chance.

Millwall responded well to going a goal behind and almost levelled shortly after when Shaun Hutchinson met a corner from the right-wing but his header was brilliantly cleared off the line by Grabban as The Reds deservedly led going into the break.

After some early second-half pressure from The Lions, Forest had first real opportunity after the interval as Sow struck a dangerous free-kick towards goal but Bialkowski was alert to palm the ball away from danger.

Neat footwork from Alex Mighten opened up a chance for Grabban, who did well to shrug off his marker, but he could only fire into the side-netting from a tight angle. The latter got into a similar position moments later and decided to try and tee up one of his teammates, but his pull back was intercepted.

The Reds did though double their advantage in the 70th minute through a moment of brilliance from Ameobi. The winger played a one-two with Mighten on the right-hand side before cutting in-field and hitting a superb shot into the top corner for his second of the afternoon.

The visitors made a triple substitution in an attempt to get back into the contest and it was one of those changes who almost halved the deficit. Thompson got on the end of Mason Bennett’s cross but his header was tame and straightforward for Brice Samba.

However, Forest wrapped up the points with just seven minutes left on the clock as Yates got himself on the scoresheet. Cafu’s corner made its way to the midfielder in the middle who steered an effort into the back of the net despite Bialkowski’s desperate attempt to keep the ball out.

Millwall pressed to try and pull a goal back and they managed to salvage some consolation from the game as Thompson hammered a volley past Samba to make it 3-1, but The Reds held on for a fine victory which maintained their perfect start to the new year.

Forest: Samba; Christie, Worrall, McKenna, Ribeiro; Yates, Sow (Taylor 72'); Ameobi, Cafu, Mighten (Bong 82'); Grabban (c)

Subs not used: Smith, Figueiredo, Mbe Soh, Jenkinson, Guerrero, Lolley, Knockaert

Goals: Ameobi 34', 70', Yates 83'

Booking: Samba 90'

Millwall: Bialkowski; Hutchinson, Pearce (c) (Bennett 64'), Cooper; McNamara, Leonard, Woods (Thompson 79'), Malone; Wallace (Bodvarsson 79'), Zohore (Smith 64'), Parrott (Bradshaw 79')

Subs not used: Fielding, Williams, Ferguson, Romeo

Goal: Thompson 89'

Referee: Keith Stroud

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