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Preview: Sunderland (A)

12 September 2017

Nottingham Forest make their first trip to the Stadium of Light since 2004 when they take on Sunderland this evening.

The Reds will be looking to get back to winning ways after two successive league defeats but will face a tough challenge from Simon Grayson's side.

The Black Cats were relegated from the Premier League last season and will be determined to bounce back, but they have found life tough in the Championship so far and will be keen to end a run which has seen them fail to win at home since December 2016.

Team news

David Vaughan, Jamie Ward and Matty Cash have all stepped up their recovery from injury but will not be fit in time for tonight's game.

Stephen Henderson returned to the matchday squad on Saturday after a lengthy lay-off and will be looking to be involved again at Sunderland.

See what boss Mark Warburton had to say here.

From the opposition

Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has called on his side to show bravery against Forest this evening.

He said: "If you're not confident in yourself and you're getting criticism then you're not going to play to your maximum. All of a sudden that can change, you get that spring in your step and you can be a different animal.

"Its only results that can change the mentality of everyone connected with the club, the players, staff and supporters. We've had seven games, there's still a long way to go, there's some big clubs around us, Villa, Birmingham, Norwich. Its a tough division and there's no divine right because of your name to win matches.

"Whoever goes out there on Tuesday night needs to be brave, to get on the ball and show enthusiasm and when you're under a bit of pressure, stand up and be counted."

Tickets

Tickets are no longer available from the Nottingham Forest ticket office but a cash turnstile is available at the Stadium of Light. For full ticket information, click here

Coverage

Tonight's match will be available live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available.

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 7.45pm on Tuesday unless otherwise stated:

Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Leeds v Birmingham
Norwich v Burton
Preston v Cardiff
QPR v Millwall
Sheffield Wednesday v Brentford
Wolves v Bristol City
Bolton v Sheffield United (8pm)
Fulham v Hull (Wednesday 7.45pm)


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