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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Nottingham Forest

The Bluebirds return to CCS this weekend…

19 April 2018

Cardiff City welcome Nottingham Forest to the Welsh capital on Saturday evening, as the Bluebirds host their penultimate home fixture of the 2017/18 campaign...

The fixture sees the Bluebirds host our fifth annual Foundation Day.

Forest make the trip to South Wales following a 2-1 triumph over Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon - their first win in six games.

What to expect from the Reds…

Currently occupying 17th place in the Sky Bet Championship table, Forest have won 14 of their 42 games thus far. Since Aitor Karanka’s arrival at the beginning of January, they’ve tasted victory in four of the Spaniard’s 17 games at the helm. The former European champions are now 11 points clear of the relegation zone and are on course to better their 21st place finish last season.

Everton loanee Kieran Dowell currently tops the goal-scoring charts for his club, netting on 10 occasions this season. The England U21 international has also registered five assists in all competitions during his season-long spell in the Sky Bet Championship.

In the hot seat…

Forest is Karanka’s fourth spell in the dugout - in various capacities - since he retired from playing in 2006. The 44-year-old began his career with the Spanish U16 side in 2008, before being appointed as José Mourinho’s assistant at Real Madrid two years later.

The Basque former defender had his first taste of English football when he succeeded Tony Mowbray as Middlesbrough boss. He guided Boro to the Play-Off Final in 2015, whilst also guiding them to the last eight of the Emirates FA Cup last season, eventually losing out to recently crowned Premier League Champions, Manchester City. Karanka then returned to management in January after a year out, replacing Mark Warburton at the City Ground.

Previous meetings…

The Bluebirds have an impressive record against Saturday’s opponents and are unbeaten in the past eight meetings, winning seven and drawing once over a five-year period.

Our reverse fixture in November saw a Junior Hoilett header and a stunning solo effort from Danny Ward secure a 2-0 victory for the Bluebirds, seeing us then close the gap to four points at the top of the table.

Club connections…

While Greg Halford and Lee Peltier have both turned out for Forest, there are also currently two City players on loan from the City Ground in Neil Warnock’s side. Jamie Ward and Armand Traoré moved to Cardiff City Stadium in January, but both will be absent from Saturday evening’s fixture, as will Bluebird Lee Tomlin who is on loan with the Reds.

Two former City Academy graduates have also worn the Forest jersey. Aaron Ramsey made five appearances whilst on loan from Arsenal before re-joining the Bluebirds later in the 2010/11 season. Chris Gunter also captained Saturday’s opponents in his three-year spell, making 133 appearances.

Other players to play for both clubs in recent years include Chris Burke and Robert Earnshaw. 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cardiff City 2-1 Nottingham Forest

City secure a crucial home win at Cardiff City Stadium...

21 April 2018

Cardiff City earned a vitally important, deserved 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest on Saturday night thanks to goals from Sean Morrison and Aron Gunnarsson.

Neil Warnock made three changes to the side that defeated Norwich City last time out. Bruno Ecuele Manga and Kenneth Zohore started, with Joe Ralls also making a welcome return.

The hosts started on the front foot with an electric atmosphere at Cardiff City Stadium pushing them on. Craig Bryson found a pocket of space in the box with one minute played, but saw his dangerous low ball cleared by the visiting defence.

Forest responded to City’s early dominance and almost broke the deadlock seven minutes later. Following a wel-worked counter attack, Joe Lolley's finish flew just over the crossbar from 15 yards.

Aitor Karanka’s side continued to pressure the Bluebirds back-line and would’ve been ahead if not for excellent goalkeeping by Neil Etheridge. The Philippines international came off his line superbly to deny Liam Bridcutt from close range.

The Bluebirds were unlucky not to take the lead when Aron Gunnarsson diverted Joe Ralls' corner towards goal.

But soon later, City did find the opener as Ralls curled in another exquisite corner delivery to Morrison, who powered home a header at the far post. The skipper now takes his tally to five goals for the season so far.

The Reds showed signs of a response, as Jack Colback’s effort flew straight into the hands of Etheridge, to deny a swift reply.

Cardiff City started strongly after the interval and came agonisingly close to doubling their lead with 47 minutes gone. Zohore was played through on goal by Gunnarsson and his left-footed dink hit the far post and bounced along the goal-line before being cleared.

Against the run of play, Forest found an equaliser three minutes later. Bridcutt raced onto Osborn's delivery and found space in the box to divert home.

With 65 minutes gone, Zohore had a chance to put the hosts back in front. Joe Bennett’s finessed cross from the left met the head of the forward who was unable to direct the ball on target.

However, Cardiff City did retake the lead in dramatic circumstances, with just fifteen minutes left. City won a free-kick as Michael Mancienne brought down the rampaging Zohore. Hoilett swung the set-piece into the area and Sol Bamba nodded it down to Gunnarsson, who emphatically swept home.

It was almost 3-1, with ten minutes remaining of normal time. Substitute Yanic Wildschut volleyed just over the bar from 15 yards out following a promising attack from the home side.

But at full-time, another crucial three points were confirmed for the Bluebirds who reclaim second spot in the Sky Bet Championship league standings.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier (Bamba 46), Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Bennett, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Bryson (Paterson 86), Hoilett, Mendez-Laing (Wildschut 71), Zohore.

Subs not used: Murphy, Pilkington, Grujić, Madine.

Nottingham Forest: Kapino, Lichaj, Figueiredo (Mancienne 60), Bridcutt (Guedioura 71), Osborn, Fox, Cash, Brereton, Colback, Lolley (Vellios 80), Watson.

Subs not used: Smith, Dowell, Darikwa, Bouchalakis.

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