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Match preview: Forest vs Wycombe in association with Football Index

6 November 2020

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

Nottingham Forest will be aiming to make it back-to-back home wins as they welcome Wycombe Wanderers to The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). 

Lyle Taylor's late penalty secured the victory over Coventry with the final kick of the game on Wednesday night and Chris Hughton's side will hope to build on that with another positive result.

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The Chairboys make their first ever league trip to The City Ground in their maiden Championship season. They have started to find their feet, with successive victories against Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham, and will be in bouyant mood.

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It remains to be seen whether manager Gareth Ainsworth will return to the dugout on Saturday having undergone back surgery. The long-serving Chairboys boys missed their last games, both heralding landmark first home and away wins in the Championship.

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Assistant manager Richard Dobson has been in charge for those two matches as he believes Wycombe are starting to prove themselves at this level.

Speaking after the win at Birmingham on Wednesday night, he said: "We want to stay in this division, we're not here to make up the numbers. I don't want anybody to think that Wycombe Wanderers are the whipping boys of this division.

"We're starting to prove that we can play at this level. We've been highly competitive for the last five or six games.

"We're unfortunate not to have a few more points on the board. We want to climb up this league, we want to make a fist of it and we're certainly heading in the right direction."

Live on iFollow Forest

Saturday's game is available to watch live on iFollow Forest. Season card holders who selected option 1 will have access to the full 90 minutes, all they have to do is log-in to their account.

Other supporters can purchase a match pass for £10, and all those who do (as well as option 1 season card holders) will be entered into a draw to win a signed copy of Forest Review by Scott McKenna!

Click here for full details on how to watch tomorrow's game.

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Referee

Matthew Donohue will be the referee in charge of Saturday's game, overseeing his third match involving Forest.

The other two games were both fixtures against Wigan Athletic last season, with a 1-0 defeat in October followed by a 1-0 home win for The Reds in December. 

Saturday's game will be his seventh of the 2020-21 season, with Donohue officiating games in the Championship, League Two and the Carabao Cup, showing 14 yellow cards and one red. 

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Other fixtures

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

Cardiff vs Bristol City (Friday, 6pm)
Reading vs Stoke (12.30pm)
Birmingham vs Bournemouth
Blackburn vs QPR
Brentford vs Middlesbrough
Derby vs Barnsley
Huddersfield vs Luton
Norwich vs Swansea
Rotherham vs Preston
Sheffield Wednesday vs Millwall
Watford vs Coventry

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Match Reports

Forest 2-0 Wycombe

7 November 2020

Lyle Taylor's brace helped Nottingham Forest to victory this afternoon at The City Ground with a 2-0 win against Wycombe Wanderers.

The Reds recorded consecutive victories for the first time this season with a professional and organised performance against the newly-promoted visitors who gave a battling account of themselves.

The difference between the two sides was the talismanic frontman Taylor who scored either side of the break to give The Reds all three points ahead of the international break.

Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that came out on top against Coventry City on Wednesday with Sammy Ameobi and Miguel Guerrero returning to the starting line-up in place of Joe Lolley and Luke Freeman.

The visitors were making just their second ever visit to The City Ground in their 133-year history, with their only previous appearance here ending in a 1-0 defeat in a League Cup tie in 1996. Indeed, the was the first time the two sides had ever met in league competition. 

Forest started proceedings on a mild afternoon Trentside in a positive vein and appeared the hungrier of the teams in the opening stages. The first chance of the afternoon fell to Taylor, after his surging run was picked out by Guerrero with a neat ball over the top, however he could only manage to fire his effort from the edge of the area straight at Ryan Allsop in the Wycombe goal.

Sammy Ameobi was next in line to to test the resolve of the visitors when the ball fell to him on the edge of the area following a Forest corner. His venomous strike seemed destined to ripple the back of the net but a deflection sent the ball the wrong side of the post and out for a corner.

After surviving the initial onslaught the visitors grew into the game and started to show signs of quality in the opposition half without worrying Brice Samba in the Forest goal.

However, it proved to be short lived when Anthony Knockaert played a ball back to Cyrus Christie on the right hand side who drifted an inch perfect cross towards the back post where it was met by Taylor who rose higher than the Wycombe defence and was able to nod the ball past Allsop and into the back of the net to put the Reds infront.

Samba was finally called into action just before the break when a corner into the box was met by Anthony Stewart but his driven header was no match for Samba who caught the ball with ease as the deserved lead remained intact at the half time interval.

The Chairboys looked re-energised after the break and brought McCleary and Adebayo Akinfenwa in to the action in an attempt to shake things up. McCleary didn't take long to make an impression on the match as he found himself on the end of Joe Jacobson's free kick but his glancing header wasn't enough to beat Samba who caught the ball and broke up the play calmly.

The subsitutes made a real impact on the match as they linked up for the first time. McCleary beat his man on the right hand flank and whipped a ball into Akinfenwa who headed back across the face of goal and had Samba scrambling as the ball fell wide of the post.

Forest managed to weather the storm and double their advantage minutes later against the run of play when Knockaert broke down the right flank and following a challenge the ball popped towards the direction of the in-form Taylor who raced into the area with purpose and fired the ball past Allsop for his fourth goal in as many matches.

Wycombe refused to bow out of the contest and continued in their quest of goal with Akinfenwa again testing the Reds net but Lolley was on hand to clear the ball off the line and away from danger. 

The introduction of Republic of Ireland international Harry Arter almost provided drama of its own when he found himself with time and space on the edge of the area to unleash a thunderous effort at goal but Allsop denied him with a heroic reflex save from close range that kept the visitors hanging on.

Forest should've had a third in the dying seconds as Knockaert was denied by the outstretched arm of Allsop and the rebound fell to Arter who skied his effort at goal from close range over the crossbar and into the Trent End. The final whistle blew seconds later as the Reds ran out victorious for back to back wins this week heading into the international break.

Forest: Samba; Christie, Figuereido, McKenna, Ribeiro; Sow (Yates 45'), Colback (c), Knockaert, Ameobi (Lolley 68'); Guerrero (Arter 76'), Taylor

Subs not used: Smith, Mbe Soh, Freeman, Jenkinson

Goals: Taylor 28', 74'

Booking: Guerrero 12'

Wycombe: Allsop; Grimmer, Knight, Stewart, Jacobson (c); Thompson, Wheeler (McCleary 56'), Onyedinma, Horgan, Kashket (Akinfenwa 56'); Mehmeti (Samuel 78')

Subs not used: Stockdale, Tafazolli, Bloomfield, Adeniran

Bookings: Thompson 68', Grimmer 90+3'

Referee: Matthew Donohue

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