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Match Preview: Nottingham Forest vs. Cardiff City

The Bluebirds travel to Nottingham for their second away fixture in a row…

24 November 2017

Cardiff City are on the road again as they head to the City Ground following Tuesday evening’s 1-0 win over Barnsley.

Mark Warburton’s side are at home for a second match in a row after they defeated Norwich City at the City Ground by the same scoreline, seeing them rise to seventh in the Sky Bet Championship table.

What to expect from Forest…

The Reds have been in decent form so far this season, winning exactly half of their fixtures – 9 from 18 – whilst also having not drawn a single match. They currently sit 10 points behind the Bluebirds, and are just two points off the play-off places.

That win over Norwich is one of Forest’s more impressive results, along with victories over the likes of Hull City and Sheffield United. Warburton’s side also hasn’t conceded a goal at home since 30th September, in the 2-1 win over the Blades.

Attacking midfielder Kieran Dowell has been in fine form for Forest since his loan move from Everton in the summer, scoring six goals in 16 appearances. That puts the 20 year-old second in their goal-scoring charts, behind striker Daryl Murphy.

Murphy is currently on seven goals since he joined from Newcastle United in the summer. Known for his aerial threat, the 34 year-old has scored two more goals for Forest than he did in the same amount of appearances he made for the Magpies.

In the hot seat…

This is Warburton’s third managerial job, having first started out with Watford's academy. The 55 year-old was named Brentford manager in December 2013, and guided them to automatic promotion at the end of the 2013/14 season.

He then moved up to Scotland to manage Rangers, and led them to a League and Cup double, winning the Scottish Championship and Scottish Challenge Cup in the same season.

Warburton was appointed Forest boss in March 2017, and is looking to improve on their 21st place at the end of a difficult campaign last year.

Previous meetings…

The Bluebirds are currently unbeaten in the previous seven encounters between the two sides. The last fixture saw Neil Warnock’s men secure a 1-0 win at CCS, thanks to a wonder goal from midfielder Aron Gunnarsson.

The last meeting at the City Ground also ended in a Cardiff victory, as Neil Warnock’s third game in-charge of the Bluebirds saw them run out 2-1 winners with goals from Joe Ralls and Gunnarsson once again.

Club connections…

Two Cardiff City Academy graduates have also worn the shirt of Sunday’s opponents. Aaron Ramsey appeared on five occasions for Forest while on-loan from Arsenal, before re-joining City on a loan deal later on that season.

Chris Gunter has also sported the red and white of Forest, making 133 appearances for them, as well as eight appearances as part of a loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur in 2009.

Other players to play for both clubs include City players Greg Halford and Lee Petlier, along with icons of the past, Robert Earnshaw and Chris Burke.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Cardiff City

Neil Warnock's men make it three wins on the spin...

26 November 2017

Cardiff City secured a third consecutive victory and clean sheet as they battled to a 2-0 away win over Nottingham Forest.

The Bluebirds made one enforced change from Tuesday evening’s victory over Barnsley, with Loïc Damour deputising for the injured Aron Gunnarsson.

Joe Ralls lined up furthest forward of City’s midfield three and enjoyed an extra license to attack throughout an even opening period.

Forest full-back Armand Traoré looked to have a long afternoon ahead of him when he was shown an early yellow card for a late challenge on Callum Paterson.

But Forest then had the first clear opportunity of the game, as a clever free-kick routine led to Everton loanee Kieran Dowell letting fly. Sol Bamba did superbly to block his powerful drive though.

The Bluebirds then showed their ruthless streak as they broke the deadlock at the City Ground in the 24th minute. Joe Ralls’ lofted free-kick found City skipper Sean Morrison, who headed the ball on to Junior Hoilett.

The winger then nodded the ball into the top corner, to open the scoring in unconventional style and give the Bluebirds the lead.

The hosts really should have equalised with half an hour played, only for Daryl Murphy to blast over when the ball was laid off to him from ten yards.

And City punished their hosts once again, catching Forest out after they had driven men forward in search of an equaliser.

Danny Ward doubled their advantage in some style - receiving the ball on the right, before cutting inside and rifling the ball into the far top corner from 30 yards.

After a half-time deluge, the conditions at the City Ground were somewhat more difficult in the second period.

That resulted in fewer chances at both ends, but the home side did have another gilt-edged opportunity when Tyler Walker side-footed tamely into Neil Etheridge’s hands when one-on-one.

The Bluebirds showed superb incredible commitment to the cause all over the pitch, with Joe Bennett and Sol Bamba putting their bodies on the line with fine blocks, and Damour showing no signs of tiring in the engine room.

Forest loaded the box as the full-time whistle approached, desperately looking to break through a resolute City defence.

But after six minutes of additional time, the Bluebirds stood firm and secured their third clean sheet on the bounce.

A third successive victory sees City maintain their second-place position in the Sky Bet Championship table ahead of Friday evening’s home test against Norwich City.

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Ticket News

Fixture Change | Nottingham Forest Away

City Ground clash moved to Sunday lunch time...

14 July 2017

The date of Cardiff City’s away fixture at Nottingham Forest has been changed.

Originally scheduled to kick off at 3pm on Saturday, 25th November, the game will now be played at 1pm on Sunday, 26th November.

The game will not be broadcast live and has been moved in line with a police request.

Remember, you can now sync the Bluebirds' fixtures directly to your calendar here.

City's fixtures will automatically update with any changes to make sure you don't miss a kick of the 2017/18 campaign.

Further details on the fixture will be announced in due course.

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