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Swansea 0-0 Forest

15 September 2018

Nottingham Forest failed to make their opportunities count as they played out a goalless draw with Swansea City this afternoon.

The Reds had plenty of openings to find a winner at the Liberty Stadium in a performance which showed plenty of promise, but they had to settle for a point in a game that they were on top for large spells.

Aitor Karanka handed a debut to Saidy Janko at right back, while Adlene Guedioura, Matty Cash, Ben Osborn and Lewis Grabban all returned to the starting line-up.

And it was Osborn who had two good openings inside the first five minutes. Good work by Janko down the right-hand side on three minutes saw the full back deliver a low cross into the middle but Osborn struggled to make a decent connection. Two minutes later and it was Cash this time who had space to cross, Swansea failed to clear and Osborn hit the loose ball straight at goalkeeper Erwin Mulder from 12 yards out.

After a positive start by The Reds, the half continued in a stop-start manner, with both sides conceding fouls before any real rhythm could be injected into the match.

On 29 minutes a nice turn from Osborn inside the area saw him get to the byline, but his cross-shot was well held by Mulder at his near post and on 40 minutes it was Osborn once again who tested The Swans keeper, forcing him to push away an effort which was heading towards the bottom corner.

Jack Robinson then saw his header tipped over from the resulting corner as Forest ended the first half on the front foot but couldn't find the opening goal.

The home side had the first effort of the second period straight from the restart as Yan Dhanda fired an effort in on goal from the edge of the box which Costel Pantilimon comfortably pushed to safety, but Forest remained in control and the side most likely to find the breakthrough.

Joao Carvalho and Gil Dias were introduced from the substitutes' bench and it almost paid dividends on 63 as Dias beat two men on the right and played a fine pass to the left for Osborn who controlled but could only lash his shot high and wide.

As the game headed into the closing stages, it was Forest who had the most attacking intent. Grabban couldn't get a shot away on 83 after good work by Carvalho, then a string of corners nearly created the opener on 87 as Dias's volley was tipped round the post by Mulder.

But ultimately there was no breaking through for The Reds as they left South Wales with a clean sheet and a point.

Forest: Pantilimon, Janko, Hefele, Fox (c), Robinson, Guedioura (Watson 77'), Colback, Cash (Dias 59'), Lolley (Carvalho 59'), Osborn, Grabban

Unused subs: Steele, Goncalves, Dawson, Darikwa

Bookings: Cash 41', Janko 44', Lolley 52'

Swansea: Mulder, Roberts, van der Hoorn (c), Rodon, John, Grimes, Fulton (Naughton 46'), McKay, Celina (Asoro 46'), Dhanda (Carter-Vickers 68'), McBurnie

Unused subs: Nordfeldt, Olsson, Dyer, Routledge

Referee: Scott Duncan

Attendance: 19,522 (1,383 away)

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