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12 June 2017

Nottingham Forest's 2016/17 Season

League Position: 21st (2015/16: 16th)

Average home league attendance: 20,333 (2015/16: 19,676)

Top league goalscorer: Britt Assombalonga (14)

Forest had to wait until the final day of the season to find out where they'd play football next season. A 3-0 win on 7 May ensured they would survive for a ninth consecutive season in the Championship.

Forest, often referred to these days as a 'sleeping giant', began their season under new manager Philippe Montanier. Results didn't go his way and he was relieved of his post in January 2017, paving the way for former Bees boss Mark Warburton to step in two months later. Despite a promising upturn in performances when he first arrived, they ended the season picking up points in just three of their last seven games.

Their poor form was largely down to their inability to beat the teams around them. In the final few matches for example, they beat promotion chasers Huddersfield Town and Reading, but lost to Blackburn Rovers and Burton Albion - teams who finished either side of them.

The Ground

The City Ground



Click here for directions to The City Ground

The Manager

Mark Warburton is no stranger to Griffin Park, as the Englishman held several roles with The Bees between 2011 and 2015.

After a relatively short non-league career as a defender, Warburton took up coaching with Watford before moving to Brentford. He was a coach, then Sporting Director and then eventually Manager.

He moved to Rangers in 2015, spending a further two years north of the border. After winning both the Scottish Championship title and the Scottish Challenge Cup, he came back to England to manage Forest earlier this year.

Last Time Round

Head to Head

Brentford Wins: 10

Draws: 8

Forest Wins: 9

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