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Match pack: Rotherham (A)

15 April 2016

Nottingham Forest could take a huge step towards Sky Bet Championship survival with a win over Rotherham United at the New York Stadium on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest make the short journey to South Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon knowing that victory over Neil Warnock's Rotherham United will all but secure their place in the Sky Bet Championship for another season.

The Reds haven't recorded an away win over the Millers since goals from Jack Lester and Marlon Harewood secured the points at Millmoor in March 2002 and there would be no better time than this weekend to end that run.

A strong second-half display against Brighton on Monday night should have given the Forest players plenty of confidence ahead of the trip to the New York Stadium but they will have to be at their best to take all three points.

Last time out

Steve Sidwell's 90th-minute goal condemned Nottingham Forest to a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday night despite a battling performance from Paul Williams' side.

Lewis Dunk had headed Brighton into a first-half lead but Forest hit back strongly and deservedly levelled through Dexter Blackstock's glancing header but the Seagulls, and Sidwell, were to have the last word.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills, Jokic, Fox, Gardner (Tesche 84'), Cohen, Vaughan (Mendes 68'), Osborn, Lansbury (c), Ward (Blackstock 42')


Rotherham United took a massive stride towards Championship safety as they demolished Milton Keynes Dons by four goals to nil at stadiummk on Saturday.

Former Forest striker Matt Derbyshire opened the scoring in the first minute before further goals from Leon Best, Kirk Broadfoot and Richard Smallwood gave the Millers a stunning victory in Buckinghamshire.

Rotherham: Camp, Kelly, Broadfoot, Wood, Mattock, Halford, G.Ward, Frecklington (Newell 41'), Smallwood, Derbyshire (Thomas 78'), Best (D.Ward 56')

Previous encounters

Nottingham Forest were 2-1 winners over Rotherham United in the reverse fixture at The City Ground as goals from Matt Mills and Michail Antonio turned the game around after Danny Collins' early opener.

Last season's clash at the New York Stadium was not a classic encounter between the two sides as they played out a relatively-uneventful goalless draw just before Christmas.

Forest's last victory in Rotherham came back in March 2002 as goals from Jack Lester and Marlon Harewood were enough to take all three points despite a late penalty for the home side through Mark Robins.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Rotherham United are on sale from the Forest ticket office until 12pm on Friday afternoon.

Forest have received a full allocation of 2,303 reserved seat tickets located behind the goal in the Mears South Stand and supporters should be reminded that this is an all-ticket fixture.

For more information and a list of prices, please click here.

What if I can't make the game?

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

Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are rated as the 2/1 outsiders to take all three points away from the New York Stadium on Saturday with the draw priced at 9/4 and a victory for the home side the current favourite at 7/5.

A repeat of The Reds' 2-1 victory over the Millers earlier in the season can be backed at 10/1 while a comfortable 3-0 win for Paul Williams' side is currently priced at 33/1.

Dexter Blackstock netted Forest's equaliser against Brighton on Monday night and the striker is priced 13/2 to score the first goal at Rotherham or 5/2 to find the back of the net at any time during the 90 minutes.

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

Around the grounds

All games to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless stated

Brighton v Fulham (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Hull v Wolves (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Bolton v Middlesbrough (Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Birmingham v Burnley
Blackburn v Huddersfield
Brentford v Bristol City
Cardiff v QPR
Charlton v Derby
Leeds v Reading
Preston v MK Dons
Sheffield Wednesday v Ipswich

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