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Match Preview: Nottingham Forest vs Brentford

The details ahead of Saturday's game at The City Ground

4 October 2019

After four points from two games this week, we look to head into the international break on a high as we travel to Nottingham Forest tomorrow. Sabri Lamouchi's side are among the early season pace-setters and below you will find all the info ahead of our trip to The City Ground.


  • Nottingham Forest are looking to win consecutive league matches against us for the first time since April 2007.
  • We have won four of our last five away league trips to Nottingham Forest, though lost our most recent visit in February 2019.
  • Nottingham Forest have lost only two of their last 16 matches in all competitions (W10 D4 L2) since losing four in a row in April 2019.
  • Only Leeds United (79) have faced fewer shots in the Championship this season than Brentford (87).
  • We won 3-1 in our last away Championship match at Barnsley, having scored just four goals in the previous 10 on the road in the Championship.



Last season's ninth-placed finish was the closest Nottingham Forest have come in six years to ending their 20-year exile from the top flight and they have started this term brightly too. 

Not much was known on these shores about new manager Sabri Lamouchi when he arrived in late June, but seven wins from his first 13 matches in charge have quickly won the City Ground faithful round. Forest's only league defeat came on the opening day at home to West Bromwich Albion and since then they've taken seven points from a possible nine on home soil. Progress in the Carabao Cup was ended last month at The Emirates against Arsenal in Round Three. 

Lewis Grabban netted 17 times for Forest last time round and he has five in ten league games at the start of this term. However, it's at the other end where Forest have been most impressive thus far. Summer arrival from Caen, goalkeeper Brice Samba, has earned rave reviews in his early appearances, conceding just five goals in eight games. 

Other summer arrivals were Tiago Silva [Feirense], Yuri Ribeiro [Benfica], Albert Adomah [Aston Villa], Samba Sow [Dinamo Moscow], Carl Jenkinson [Arsenal], and Chema [Levante] while Arijanet Muric [Manchester City], John Bostock [Toulouse], Alfa Semedo [Benfica], and Rafa Mir [Wolves] arrived on loan. 



Sabri Lamouchi enjoyed a stellar playing career in his native France, Italy, and then Qatar, before retiring in 2009. Capped 12 times at international level, the midfielder was named in the initial 28-man squad for the 1998 World Cup, which Les Bleus would go on to win. He won the French League and Cup double with Auxerre in 1996, a further Ligue 1 title in 2000 with Monaco, and the Coppa Italia at Parma in 2002. 

His first steps in management were taken with the Ivory Coast National Team. He won seven of his 14 matches in charge but resigned after The Elephants were knocked out in the group stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He would then spend two-and-a-half years with El Jaish in Qatar, winning the 2016 Qatar Crown Prince Cup. Next up was a 13-month spell with Rennes which saw qualification for last season's Europa League before he arrived on the banks of the River Trent in June.  


Thomas Frank may look to freshen things up as we prepare for a third game in six days. Only Mads Bech Sorensen and Luka Racic are injury doubts with the rest of the squad available for the trip to the East Midlands. 

Forest's absentee list is a little more extensive with Yohan Benalouane (Back), Michael Hefele (Achilles), Tendayi Darikwa (Knee), Carl Jenkinson (Ankle), Ryan Yates (Knee) and Michael Dawson (Calf) all definitely out. Rafa Mir and Alfa Semedo both also face a race against time to be fit. 


Following Wednesday's draw with Bristol City, Thomas also offered some thoughts on tomorrow's trip to The City Ground. 


🆚 Hot off the Press: Paul Taylor looks ahead to the action



Tickets will be available to purchase from the Brian Clough Away Ticket Office, situated at the rear of the Brian Clough Stand and about 100 yards from the away turnstiles.

The Club will be trialling cashless payment in-stadia this weekend, so all food/drink within the concourse kiosks should be paid for using debit/credit card.

Bridgeford Stand - Lower Tier


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Match Reports

Nottingham Forest 1 Brentford 0

Your Nottingham Forest v Brentford match report, powered by Utilita

5 October 2019

Brentford’s three-match unbeaten run was brought to an end by Nottingham Forest. A game of few chances was settled early in the second half when Ben Watson volleyed in from a corner. That was enough to give the home side the points and a place in the top two of the Sky Bet Championship a quarter of the way through the season.

The Bees had won away at Barnsley last week and slotted home draws with Stoke City and Bristol City either side and will come away thinking they should have had another point. Neither team were particularly incisive in attack and Forest’s best chances in open play came after the took the lead and the game stretched. But the hosts got the crucial goal and took the points.

Brentford have conceded within five minutes of the start of their last two away games – at Barnsley and Preston North End – so it was perhaps understandable that they started in a cautious manner. The home side had control of the opening exchanges, winning some early corners and taking the territorial advantage. They particularly looked to attack on their right in the opening moments, trying to get Matty Cash outside Joe Lolley, but Brentford held firm in the first 15 minutes and there were no chances of note.

The first shot on goal when Lolley stepped in to the centre of midfield and found the space to get up a head of steam, he tried to lift an effort over David Raya but could not beat the goalkeeper. That seemed to open the game up a fraction. The home side were happy to sit deep and Brentford were patient in possession, but gaps were being created and so were openings.

The Bees almost worked a throw in to good effect when Sergi Canós got on to a Henrik Dalsgaard ball and drilled it along the six-yard box. It only needed a touch, but Cash was there to clear and keep the game all square. Canós also had a shot blocked and a looping Pontus Jansson header from the resulting corner was held by Brice Samba. The Forest goalkeeper got behind a low Josh Dasilva shot and an effort from Ollie Watkins was blocked as The Bees began to put together some attacking possession.

At the other end, a corner was punched by Raya against Julian Jeanvier and he was relieved to see it bounce wide. The next delivery was met low by Watson at the near post but turned wide. When Lewis Grabban got away from Jeanvier on the right his low cross looked perfect for Tiago Silva to finish from 15 yards, but Mathias Jensen made a superbly timed tackle to stop the shot. Silva then curled a free kick wide from 30 yards.

As half time approached, the game began to meander. There were shots coming in at both ends but neither team looked particularly like scoring. Watson lashed miles over for the home side while Bryan Mbeumo had a looping snap shot saved when he could have gone on in to the space in front of him. A Mbeumo header from a Dalsgaard cross then looped over the bar while Cash shot wide at the other end.

The Bees almost went ahead with the last kick of the first half. Jensen lined up a free kick from 30 yards and his effort deflected through the defensive wall. It looked as if it might beat Samba but the goalkeeper reacted quickly, changed direction and saved to his left to ensure the game was all square at the interval.

Canós had a sight of goal early in the second half, his shot deflecting away for a corner despite the efforts of Samba, but Forest had the upper hand after the interval. They had a slightly higher position when out of possession, which made it harder for Brentford to play out. The Bees had a lot of the ball but were playing with it in their own defensive areas and when they were forced in to mistakes, Forest could pounce.

Lolley lashed over when a corner was half cleared and when the ball was turned over soon after Silva played Grabban in to space in the penalty area, he looked set to pull the trigger but Jansson made a superb tackle. That only, however, delayed the opening goal by a few seconds. The corner flicked off heads in the middle and Joe Worrall nodded it down for Watson to volley in. Jansson made a brave attempt to block as the boots came flying in but Watson had yards of space and his firm finish left Raya helpless.

It could have got worse for Brentford soon after when a cross was half cleared and Grabban had space to turn but he fired over the bar. Worrall also headed a corner off target moments later. Jansson and Grabban did battle once again when they chased a long ball over the top. The Forest striker got to the ball but Jansson denied him space to shoot and when the ball was set up for Silva, the effort flew wide.

Brentford tried to change it up as the minutes ticked down. Saïd Benrahma and Kamohelo Mokotjo were introduced before Nikos Karelis followed later as The Bees chased the game. Mbeumo lashed a shot inches wide when a corner dropped loose before he was withdrawn, and Watkins headed over when a corner was half cleared and returned by Jeanvier. Watkins did have the ball in the net but was flagged offside, and clearly so, well before the shot came in.

Forest were still looking to attack and get the second goal that would kill the game. Raya saved from Sammy Ameobi when a cross came in from the right and there was a better chance soon after. Chema cleaned out Watkins on halfway and Forest were allowed to break as referee Dean Whitestone waved play on, the ball was worked to Ameobi on the edge of the penalty area but, again, Raya saved.

Lolley had a shot blocked from a short corner as time ran down and a cross-cum-shot from Watkins was saved. Another Watkins shot was blocked as six minutes of additional time was signalled and Brentford pressed on but without the incisive attacking play to break the home side down. They also had to do without Canós for the last minutes, who limped off after all substitutes had been used. Rafa Mir shot wide for the home side in the dying seconds but one goal was the most the game deserved and Watson getting it early in the second half, gave Forest the points.

Nottingham Forest: Samba; Cash, Worrall, Chema, Ribeiro; Sow (sub Adomah 78 mins), Watson; Lolley, Silva, Carvalho (sub Ameobi 64 mins); Grabban (sub Mir 90 mins)

Subs (not used): Muric, Figueiredo, Bostock, Robinson

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Jeanvier, Henry; Jensen (sub Karelis 75 mins), Nørgaard, Dasilva (sub Benrahma 63 mins); Canós, Watkins, Mbeumo (sub Mokotjo 63 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Clarke, Pinnock, Thompson

Bookings: Canós (35 mins) (third of season)

Attendance: 27,596

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Ticket News

Today’s tickets available at the City Ground

Tickets for this afternoon’s game are available from the Brian Clough Away Ticket Office

5 October 2019

The Bees are at The City Ground this afternoon to face Nottingham Forest (kick-off 3pm). It’s not too late to follow Thomas Frank and his side to this away fixture. Tickets will be available to purchase from the Brian Clough Away Ticket Office, situated at the rear of the Brian Clough Stand and about 100 yards from the away turnstiles.

Nottingham Forest will be trialling cashless payment in-stadia this weekend, so all food/drink within the concourse kiosks should be paid for using debit/credit card.


Bridgeford Stand - Lower Tier


65 and over Youth
Block X1 £29 £21 £15 £11 £5

Wheelchair disabled tickets are charged at the appropriate age-related price for the disabled supporter. The disabled Personal assistant may be free of charge should the disabled supporter be in receipt of the higher rate of disability living allowance, personal independence payment or attendance allowance.

Travel Info

Coaches depart from Layton Road Car Park at 10am. Book by phone on 0203 665 7371 or 07414 883220, Monday to Friday, 12pm-8pm.


Travel Club 

Season Ticket Holders
and Club Members


Prices £23 £26 £29

Join the Bees Travel Club and save on coach fares. Membership is just £25 for the season, free for those 12 and under, and affords members a number of benefits. For further information please email

Matchday Info

Nottingham Forest strongly recommends that children be of primary school age (4-5) when attending fixtures at The City Ground. Babies in arms and children in buggies will not be admitted for their own safety.

Parking facilities are available for visiting coaches at the ground, coaches should arrive no later than one hour before kick-off.

Customer Charter

More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to the Terms and Conditions of issue. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations. Members discount does not apply to away games.

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