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19 September 2020 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Match preview: Forest vs Cardiff in association with Football Index

18 September 2020

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

Nottingham Forest entertain Cardiff City in their first home match of the new season, with the match being broadcast live on Sky Sports (kick-off 12.30pm).

Both sides will be looking to get their first points, and goals, on the board after opening-day defeats and early exits from the Carabao Cup, with The Reds eager to get the three points against a Cardiff side which reached the play-offs last season.

Team news 

Tiago Silva looks set to be the only player sidelined through injury for The Reds as he continues his recovery. Click here for the full team news. 

Forest thoughts

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From the opposition

Neil Harris said his Cardiff side are looking forward to the prospect of taking on Nottingham Forest in their first away match of the league season.

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He said: "We're really looking forward to it. It's a great fixture. Forest will obviously be disappointed with their defeat at QPR last week as well.

"So, they'll be looking to get off the mark on the league table, the same as us.

"We had two really good games with them last season, really close games and we were neck-and-neck at one point towards the end of the season.

"It's a cracking game to look forward to and the players will be ready for it. We've had a good week on the training pitch and we certainly look forward to the battle that it's going to be up at The City Ground."

Forest Review

You can get hold of the first edition of Forest Review this season as The Reds take on Cardiff.

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The matchday programme returns for the 2020-21 campaign, featuring an interview with Luke Freeman and regular columnists Danny Taylor, David Marples, Lee Clarke and Matt Appleby. 

Each copy costs £3 (plus p+p) and you can have it delivered to your door, or you can order a subscription for the entire season. Click here to find out more

Referee

James Linington from Newport is the man in the middle for Saturday's game at The City Ground. It will be his second game of the season, and the first time he has officiated a Forest match since the home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in December last year. 

He also took charge of the 1-0 win away at Swansea last season, and he has officiated 18 Forest matches in total in his career, overseeing six wins and nine defeats for The Reds.

Other fixtures

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

Coventry vs QPR (Friday 7.45pm)
Blackburn vs Wycombe
Brentford vs Huddersfield
Luton vs Derby
Middlesbrough vs Bournemouth
Norwich vs Preston
Reading vs Barnsley
Rotherham vs Millwall
Sheffield Wednesday vs Watford
Swansea vs Birmingham
Stoke vs Bristol City (Sunday, 2pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 0-2 Cardiff

19 September 2020

Nottingham Forest's poor start to the 2020-21 season continued as they were beaten 2-0 at home by Cardiff City.

Kieffer Moore's first-half brace was enough to see all three points go back down to South Wales and despite plenty of second-half pressure from The Reds, they were unable to break down a stubborn rearguard action from the visitors.

Sabri Lamouchi made three changes to his starting line-up for the first home game of the Sky Bet Championship season as Carl Jenkinson, Yuri Ribeiro and Sammy Ameobi were bought in to replace Jordan Gabriel, Tyler Blackett and Nuno Da Costa respectively.

The Bluebirds drew first blood in the lunchtime sunshine as Moore converted the game's opening chance with a towering header passed a stranded Brice Samba who didn't stand a chance after the Wales international had risen unmarked to meet Marlon Pack's corner in the third minute.

Forest struggled to retain possession in the early stages of the match with their first chance coming on the 15-minute mark, when Luke Freeman put together a combination of smartly-executed stepovers on the right-hand side to beat Joe Bennett on the inside and whip in a delightful in-swinging cross to the charging Lewis Grabban at the back post who sent his shot blazing over Smithies' crossbar from just three yards out.

Cardiff maintained a high press throughout the first half and controlled much of the game and Lamouchi made his first substitution 10 minutes before the break when the injured Joe Lolley was replaced by home debutant Lyle Taylor.

Carl Jenkinson was caught well out of position after a well-worked combination saw Junior Hoilett slide Sheyi Ojo into the penalty area but his low effort was turned around the post by Samba's strong right hand. 

Cardiff did however double their lead just moments later when the ball was turned home by Moore from close range after Forest failed to clear their lines and the Welsh striker was able to act quicker than The Reds' defence to prod the ball home. 

Forest started the second half in much brighter fashion with the first opportunity falling to Ryan Yates. The midfielder failed to capitalise on Jenkinson's inch-perfect cross as he saw his close-range header pushed comfortably over the crossbar by Smithies.

The Reds continued to enjoy a spell of dominance with Ameobi cutting in on the right wing and unleashing a well-struck effort from distance which forced Smithies into action for the second time in as many minutes.

Luke Freeman provided Forest with a much-needed creative license throughout the second half and remained the most likely to change the outcome of the match. He threaded a difficult-to-control ball through to Grabban who managed to get on to the end of it but Smithies made himself big to turn the ball behind for a corner.

Forest looked galvanised in their efforts and continued to apply pressure to the Cardiff defence throughout the second half for little reward as a well-worked ball into the penalty area by Ameobi couldn't find the head of Taylor who had slipped clear of his marker.

In the closing stages, substitute Alex Mighten looked lively as he fired a ferocious effort across the Cardiff goalmouth which was spilled by Smithies, however, there were no red shirts in sight as the ball was cleared away. Seconds later, Mighten found himself in the midst of the action once again but he could only send his effort wide of the near post from close range. 

The final chance of the game fell to Freeman who sent his free-kick comfortably over the crossbar as an encouraging second half display was not enough to overturn the lacklustre first-half performance.

Forest: Samba; Jenkinson (Mighten 80;), Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro; Colback, Yates, Lolley (Taylor 36'), Freeman, Ameobi; Grabban (c) (Guerrero 73') 

Subs not used: Smith, Dawson, Darikwa, Johnson

Cardiff: Smithies; Bennett (Bamba 82'), Nelson, Morrison (c), Osei-Tutu; Bacuna, Pack, Ralls, Ojo (Vaulks 73'), Hoilett (Tomlin 77'); Moore

Subs not used: Day, Glatzel, Paterson, Whyte

Goals: Moore, 3', 40'

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