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Match pack: Rotherham (H)

17 March 2015

Get all the news and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship clash with Rotherham United at The City Ground tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

        Nottingham Forest v Rotherham United       
   Sky Bet Championship
Wednesday 18 March 2015 (kick-off 7.45pm)
The City Ground

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest have a fifth straight home win in their sights on Wednesday night when relegation-threatened Rotherham United are the visitors to The City Ground for an important Sky Bet Championship match for both sides.

Dougie Freedman's men head into tonight's game full of confidence following a run of just one defeat in nine matches but will be severely tested by a Millers side who are desperately fighting to preserve their second-tier status.

At the time of writing The Reds sit 11 points behind the Sky Bet Championship play-off places and they know that tonight presents a must-win contest if they are to keep alive their hopes of reaching the top six.

Team news

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says he will have to make a decision on whether to include Matty Fryatt in tonight's matchday squad after the striker missed the draw at Leeds with an Achilles problem.

Dorus de Vries was also absent at Elland Road after suffering from a back spasm but could feature tonight while new loan signing Modou Barrow has received international clearance and could play a part.

Rotherham will need to give a late fitness test to winger Danny Ward after he missed the weekend defeat to Wigan while Lee Frecklington is available for selection once again after serving a one-match suspension.

The Millers named former Forest duo Jack Hunt and Matt Derbyshire in their starting line-up on Saturday so both could feature at The City Ground tonight while Craig Morgan is fit again after a short-term injury. 

View from the Red corner

Dougie Freedman: “We’ve got to be patient and understand what’s at stake for them as well as us.

“They’re under a little bit of pressure because they lost on Saturday, so we need to make sure we keep that on them.

“They’ll come out of the traps very quickly, as Steve Evans’ teams normally do, and they’ll make sure they play the ball in certain areas, squeeze the pitch as much as they can and play in our half."

Click here to read more of the manager's thoughts ahead of the visit of Rotherham.

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest earned a valuable point at Elland Road on Saturday with a goalless draw against Leeds United which stretches their good recent run of form to just one defeat in their last nine Sky Bet Championship matches.

The Reds have been particularly strong at home over recent weeks and have won four games on the bounce at The City Ground since Dougie Freedman's arrival against Wigan, Bolton, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough.


Rotherham's 2-1 home defeat by relegation rivals Wigan Athletic on Saturday saw them slip to just six points above the Sky Bet Championship drop zone but the Millers still have their destiny in their own hands.

Steve Evans' men have beaten Ipswich, Millwall and Huddersfield over recent weeks but it is on their travels where Rotherham have struggled having won just three times away from home in the league this season.

Haven't we met before?

The two sides shared a goalless draw when they met in the reverse fixture at the New York Stadium back in December as Forest saw a Dexter Blackstock goal disallowed for a foul early in the second half.

Forest's last home victory over the Millers came back in September 2005 as late goals from Jack Lester and Kris Commons handed The Reds a routine 2-0 win against their South Yorkshire opponents at The City Ground.


Are tickets available?

Tickets are still available for tomorrow's game against Rotherham United.

For more details and for a full list of prices, please click here.

Is there hospitality available?

Hospitality packages are still available for Wednesday's visit of Rotherham United to The City Ground with St Patrick's Day being celebrated in both The Robin Hood Suite and Directors' Club.

For more information on other packages or to make a booking, please e-mail hospitality@nottinghamforest.co.uk or call 0115 982 4450.

What if I can't make the game?

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Thursday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

Is there a programme?

The official matchday programme is available to buy and download for tonight's meeting with Rotherham.

The 76-page edition, priced at £3, includes a columns from Fawaz Al Hasawi, Dougie Freedman and Chris Cohen.

There is a feature interview with Reds defender Eric Lichaj, a look back on the impressive win over Middlesbrough and the usual entertaining columns from Guardian football writer Danny Taylor and comedian Matt Forde.

Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad, iPhone or Android device. Perfect for supporters unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app now for Apple users or via this link for Android users.

Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.

What are the odds?

Nottingham Forest are the 4/5 favourites to make it five home wins on the trot tonight with the draw priced at 13/5 while a win for the visitors Rotherham has odds of 100/30.

A repeat of Forest's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough in their last game at The City Ground can be backed at 15/2 or if you fancy The Reds to record a more comfortable 3-0 victory then that is priced at 12/1.

Dexter Blackstock was unfortunate to see a goal ruled out in the reverse fixture at Rotherham's New York Stadium but Forest fans can back him to score the first goal this evening at 11/2.

For all the latest odds on tonight's game, please visit www.skybet.com/forest and make a prediction for Forest v Rotherham.

Who is in charge?

Referee: Michael Bull
Assistant Referees: Christopher O'Donnell and Mark Russell
Fourth official: Mark Haywood

Who else is playing?

Fulham v Leeds (Wednesday, kick-off 8pm)


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