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Preview: Brentford (A)

11 August 2017

Nottingham Forest travel down to London to take on Brentford in their first away match of the 2017-18 season tomorrow.

The Reds have started the season well with two wins from two, but Mark Warburton is expecting a higher standard of performance from his side at Griffin Park.

Dean Smith's side have had mixed fortunes so far, losing to Sheffield United on the opening weekend before securing their progress in the Carabao Cup by beating AFC Wimbledon after extra time during the week.

See what manager Mark Warburton had to say about the match here, and read the thoughts of forward Jason Cummings here.

Team news

Danny Fox and Mustapha Carayol both returned to action following injury in the win over Shrewsbury while several performers from that midweek win will be pushing for a starting spot tomorrow.

Matty Cash and Jamie Ward remain absent while Stephen Henderson is nearing a return.

From the opposition

Head coach Dean Smith told Brentford's official website: "I'm looking forward to the first home game of the season. The supporters will be there in their numbers and give us their usual backing, and it's something we look forward to at Griffin Park. We want to make it into a fortress, we felt we did at times last season and we want to be as consistent as we can there.

"It'll be a tough game, they've won their first couple of games. They beat Millwall and then Shrewsbury on Tuesday. Like ourselves, they made 11 changes - we were just one short - but even they will say they were fortunate to win the game against Millwall, Millwall had a number of chances but they got that three points on the board.

"They've got some really good players there, and obviously Mark [Warburton] coming back to Griffin Park adds to the game but we have to concentrate on ourselves."

Tickets

Tickets for Reds fans have sold out.

Forest supporters have snapped up the 1,650 tickets on offer and no further tickets will be allocated for this fixture.

Coverage

Due to broadcasting restrictions, this fixture will not be available to watch live for international subscribers to iFollow Forest.

However, there will be audio commentary available from 2.30pm.

You can also follow the game in the Match Centre and via the club's official social media channels.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Barnsley v Ipswich

Birmingham v Bristol City

Cardiff v Aston Villa

Derby v Wolves

Hull v Burton

Leeds v Preston

Millwall v Bolton

Reading v Fulham

Sheffield Wednesday v QPR

Middlesbrough v Sheffield United (5.30pm)

Norwich v Sunderland (Sunday, 1.30pm)


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