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Match preview: Swansea vs Forest in association with Football Index

13 Hours ago

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

Nottingham Forest will be aiming to progress into the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time since 2014 when they travel to Swansea City on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds saw their seven-game unbeaten run come to an end as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Middlesbrough in mid-week and will be wanting to bounce back from that result.

After beating Cardiff in the last round of the cup thanks to Lyle Taylor’s early strike, The Reds can repeat a similar feat against fellow South Wales opposition this weekend.

The most recent meeting between the two sides came in November as Swansea secured a 1-0 win, but Forest’s last trip to the Liberty Stadium was a successful one after Alfa Semedo’s late finish sealed a dramatic victory.

The Swans will though provide a tricky test for The Reds as they currently sit in second place in the Championship having won three consecutive games since the turn of the new year.

Team news

Chris Hughton will be without Yuri Ribeiro (suspension) and Ryan Yates (calf) for the trip to the Liberty Stadium but has confirmed that Fouad Bachirou will return to the squad following his return from injury.

The Forest boss has made it clear that he will make changes to the side that was beaten by Middlesbrough on Wednesday night so the likes of Joe Lolley, Anthony Knockaert and Lyle Taylor will all be pushing for a start.


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From the opposition

Swansea manager Steve Cooper is hoping they can continue their excellent run of form and stay focused despite turning their attention to the cup rather than the league.

Speaking ahead of the game, he said: “I’ve always been very comfortable here and happy. I’ve always felt like we’re building towards what I want it to look like.

“We’re nowhere near that yet but at times we’ve made some good steps forward. When you start thinking about that, that means you’re starting to reflect and compare.

“I don’t want to do that; I just want to look forward and get ready for the next game.

"It’s a game we’re looking forward to, we want to win and we’re preparing 100% for it. We’ll be doing everything we can to play well and win.”

Live coverage

The match is available to watch live on BT Sport Extra 4 and BBC One Wales.


The referee for this weekend’s game will be Leicestershire-based official Kevin Friend. The 49-year-old has taken charge of 15 matches so far this season across the Premier League, Championship, Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, showing 33 yellow cards and two red cards.

Friend last took charge of a Forest game over four years ago, a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in the 2016-17 season. This fourth round tie will be his 11th Forest match of his career, with The Reds winning two, drawing two and losing four of his previous clashes stretching back to 2005.

Friend will be assisted by Simon Beck and Jonathan Hunt, with Robert Madley as the fourth official.


Should Saturday's clash 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 fixtures

To be played at 3pm unless otherwise stated:


Chorley 0-1 Wolves


Southampton vs Arsenal (12.15pm)

Barnsley vs Norwich

Brighton vs Blackpool

Millwall vs Bristol City

Sheffield United vs Plymouth

West Ham vs Doncaster

Cheltenham vs Manchester City (5.30pm)


Chelsea vs Luton (12pm)

Brentford vs Leicester (2.30pm)

Fulham vs Burnley (2.30pm)

Manchester United vs Liverpool (5pm)

Everton vs Sheffield Wednesday (8pm)


Wycombe vs Tottenham (7.45pm)


Bournemouth vs Crawley (7pm)

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Match Reports

Swansea 5-1 Forest

6 Hours ago

Nottingham Forest exited the Emirates FA Cup at the fourth-round stage following a 5-1 defeat to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

First-half goals from Liam Cullen and Matt Grimes put Swansea in charge of the tie but Forest began the second half in improved fashion and deservedly reduced the arrears when Anthony Knockaert lashed home his second goal of the season.

A controversial penalty decision allowed Grimes to score his second of the afternoon before further goals from Cullen and substitute Oli Cooper confirmed Swansea's place in the fifth round of this season's competition.

Chris Hughton made ten changes from the side beaten by Middlesbrough on Wednesday night with only Joe Worrall keeping his place in the starting line-up while there were places in the side for Fouad Bachirou and Luke Freeman on their return from their respective injuries.

The Reds made a bright start at the Liberty Stadium as Knockaert curled an effort over Freddie Woodman's crossbar in the seventh minute of the contest but they were behind soon after that. Swansea took the goal-kick quickly and broke down the other end of the field and Wayne Routledge's cross was perfect for Cullen to volley smartly beyond Jordan Smith.

Steve Cooper was forced into an early change as Routledge limped off to be replaced by Jamal Lowe and the former Wigan striker almost had an instant impact as he was set through on goal but Smith came off his line well to smother the ball and clear the danger.

The home side doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark as a corner was cleared out only as far as Grimes and the Swansea skipper hammered a terrific 25-yard strike which beat Smith all ends up and thundered into the back of his net to put The Swans firmly in charge of the tie.

Forest needed a much-improved start to the second half to get back into the tie and they came storming out of the blocks and halved the deficit. Joe Lolley was brought down inside the Swansea penalty area but referee Kevin Friend played the advantage and allowed Knockaert to lash the ball into the back of the net.

Just as The Reds thought they had grabbed a route back into the contest, it was snatched away from them five minutes later. Swansea full-back Ryan Manning went down on the very edge of the penalty area under Worrall's challenge, Friend pointed to the spot and Grimes sent Smith the wrong way for his second and Swansea's third goal of the game.

It seemed like Forest were still reeling from that decision when they conceded a fourth goal on 67 minutes. Swansea worked the ball well into a crossing position on the left-hand side and as the ball was played in, Cullen was there to sweep the ball beyond Smith and seal the home side's place in the fifth round.

Worse was to come for The Reds with six minutes of normal time to play when Cooper, who had come on for recent new signing Conor Hourihane, drilled the ball underneath Smith's body at the near post to ensure Forest would leave South Wales on the end of a disappointing defeat.

Forest: Smith; Jenkinson, Worrall (c), Figueiredo, Bong (Blackett 76'); Bachirou (Cafu 46'), Mbe Soh; Lolley, Freeman (Guerrero 46'), Knockaert (Mighten 76'); Taylor

Subs not used: Samba, Christie, Grabban, Ameobi, Dawson

Goal: Knockaert 56'

Booking: Jenkinson 10'

Swansea: Woodman; Latibeaudiere, Bennett, Guehi (Bidwell 65'); Roberts (Garrick 76'), Hourihane (Cooper 65'), Grimes (c) (Fulton 65'), Manning; Dhanda; Routledge (Lowe 20'), Cullen

Subs not used: Webb, Ayew, Naughton, Cabango

Goals: Cullen 7', 67', Grimes 29', (pen) 61', Cooper 84'

Referee: Kevin Friend

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