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Preview: Bristol City (A)

15 December 2017

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Nottingham Forest will be keen to build on last Saturday's win when they travel to Bristol City on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds picked up three points in a battling display against Bolton Wanderers at The City Ground last weekend and will be keen to build some momentum going into the Christmas period.

But the away form has been a bit of a stumbling block this season, with three league wins on the road and Mark Warburton will be looking for a positive outcome by Saturday evening.

Bristol City on the other hand have surprised most by being in the mix at the top end of the table and sit in third spot heading into this weekend's fixtures.

With three wins on the spin, including a win at Sheffield United last weekend, The Robins are set to provide a stern test for The Reds.

See below for the pre-match views from the Forest camp.

Team news

Jack Hobbs and Tendayi Darikwa remain on the sideline through injury while Danny Fox and Chris Cohen take a step closer to a return.

David Vaughan will be pushing to be involved after being left out for tactical reasons in the win over Bolton.

From the opposition

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson is looking for his side to build their own history this season as they gear up to take on Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "I think the history of the club doesn't reflect the 11 players on the pitch, not in Nottingham Forest's case, because they have a good side, as do a lot of clubs in the Championship.

"It's up to us to build our own history. This club has history of its own but not enough as far as top-flight football is concerned so that's what we're trying to achieve and ascertain.

"Obviously Forest are a very good side with a lot of young players, a lot of bright, pacy footballers on the counter attack and it will be a tough game.

"I went to watch them play against Bolton last Saturday and they got a deserved victory and we'll have to be at our best to make sure we get the result. But I think the boys are in good spirits and know we have to play better than we did in the first half against Sheffield United.

"We are at home and our last home game was very good against Middlesbrough and everybody believes in us at the moment and that's the key."

One to watch - Bobby Reid

The Robins top scorer this season, midfielder Bobby Reid has had a fine first half of 2017-18. The 24-year-old has found the net 11 times in all competitions in this campaign and his goals and assists have been a key part behind Bristol City's success this season.

Reid came through the ranks at Bristol City, making his debut in the final game of the 2010-11 season. He gained experience on loan at Cheltenham Town, Oldham Athletic and Plymouth Argyle but has developed into an influential figure in the past few seasons.

Last visit


Saturday's game is strictly all ticket and there will be no sales on the day to visiting supporters. 

Forest fans have until 5pm on Friday to purchase tickets from the Nottingham Forest ticket office, and they should let the ticket office know if they intend to collect their ticket from the ticket office or from the away turnstiles at Ashton Gate from 1.30pm on Saturday.

Ticket information can be found here.


The match will be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available.

There will also be full coverage on the club's official social media channels as well as in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

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

Sheffield Wednesday v Wolves (Friday, 7.45pm)
Birmingham v QPR
Bolton v Burton
Brentford v Barnsley
Derby v Aston Villa
Ipswich v Reading
Leeds v Norwich
Millwall v Middlesbrough
Preston v Sheffield United
Sunderland v Fulham
Cardiff v Hull (5.30pm)

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