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Match Preview: Nottingham Forest v Posh

A look ahead to Saturday’s game at the City Ground.

Peterborough United are back on the road on Saturday with a relatively short trip to the City Ground to take on Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest side in Sky Bet Championship action (3pm) and they will be backed by a sold-out visiting support of 2,000.

Posh go in search of their second away win of the campaign against the Reds, who themselves have struggled for wins of late after a bright start under Cooper – they have been the draw specialists in the last four weeks but have moved well away from danger at the foot of the Championship table.

Darren Ferguson’s men drew 0-0 against Barnsley at the Weston Homes Stadium last time out, but on the road, Posh need to improve following a 4-0 defeat at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers in the last outing.


Posh are without the services of Ricky-Jade Jones (hip) and Jack Marriott (hamstring), while Joel Randall has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be forced to isolate for 10 days. Kwame Poku injured his hand in the under 23 victory at Everton in which he bagged a brace and is rated as doubtful at this stage.

Forest are unlikely to make wholesale changes to their side, but they will still be without defender Jordi Osei-Tutu, who has featured just twice for the Reds since his summer transfer from Arsenal. He is set to feature in an under 23 fixture next week. Rodrigo Ely, Loïc Mbe Soh and Max Lowe remain sidelined.


“It is a great place to play your football, the City Ground, and it will be a wonderful atmosphere. We sold out our allocation of 2,000 very quickly and I have said to the players that we need to start the game well. We have only been in front once away from home and we went on to win the game, we need to get something first in the game, it will give everyone confidence, including the supporters,” Darren Ferguson said.


We look forward to being back at home. There’ll be 28,000 people coming here and that’s amazing, so we need to be at our very best and make sure that when people leave, they are proud of their team,” Forest boss Steve Cooper said.


The game is a sell-out for Posh fans with the allocation of 2,000 selling out inside the first week.


Posh will be in the black away kit for the game.


The referee is Thomas Bramall.

Late Forest Goals Condemn Posh To Defeat

Action between Peterborough United and Nottingham Forest

Dai Cornell produced a fine stop inside the opening minute of the contest as he tipped over a fierce drive from distance from Philip Zinckernagel. The resulting corner was well worked, but equally well defended by Posh.

One nine minutes, Dembele found some space in the left-hand channel, the diminutive attacker cut inside onto his right-foot, but his low shot was gathered by Samba. Dembele created a chance for Grant on 17 minutes but the former Forest man tried to dink the ball over Samba with the outside of his right foot and the keeper made a comfortable save.

Clarke-Harris drilled a free-kick into the wall and then saw a secondary effort blocked just after the half hour mark. Lewis Grabban fired a shot into the side-netting on 37 minutes after the hosts were allowed to take a quick free-kick with a moving ball.

Clarke-Harris saw a free-kick hit the wall before efforts from Taylor and Burrows were also blocked following a crazy end to the first half. Grabban fired wide of the target on 53 minutes after cutting inside onto his right-foot from a tight angle.

Moments later, Posh were a whisker away from breaking the deadlock as a long ball forward picked out Dembele, but his left-foot shot clipped the outside of the post. At the other end, Zinkernegal dragged a left-foot shot wide of the target after a swift counter-attack. Clarke-Harris was cautioned for a foul on 58 minutes by referee Thomas Bramall.

Dan Butler was booked on 64 minutes for a late challenge by the touch-line. Darren Ferguson made a first change on 68 minutes with Harrison Burrows replaced by on-loan West Ham United midfielder Conor Coventry.

On 71 minutes, the home side got their noses in front, Posh appealed in vain for a foul on Knight at one end, the hosts broke at pace, low centre was initially stabbed goalwards by Yates, which was blocked, but GARNER was there to force home the rebound.

Clarke-Harris nodded a free-kick from Grant over the crossbar on 73 minutes after a foul on Thompson. Posh made a second change on 80 minutes as Sammie Szmodics replaced Norburn. The home side doubled the lead on 86 minutes as a drilled corner hit YATES and went in from close-range.

Nottingham Forest: Samba, Spence, Worrall, Colback, Grabban (sub Taylor 87min), Johnson, Zinkernagel, Ojeda (sub Cafu 81min), Yates, McKenna, Garner. Unused subs: Horvath, Figueiredo, Bong, Carvalho, Mighten.

Posh: Cornell, Butler, Thompson, Knight, Edwards, Burrows (sub Coventry 68min), Norburn (sub Szmodics 80min), Taylor, Dembele, Clarke-Harris, Grant. Unused subs: Blackmore, Beevers, Kent, Tomlinson, Corbett.

Half-time: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Nottingham Forest 2-0 Peterborough United
Attendance: 28,308 (1,987 Posh fans)
Referee: Thomas Bramall


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