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PREVIEW: NOTTINGHAM FOREST

17 February 2018

THE Brewers are back on home soil after back-to-back away games at Aston Villa and Ipswich Town respectively. Nottingham Forest are today's visitors.

HEAD 2 HEAD
Burton Albion met Nottingham Forest in their first ever Sky Bet Championship fixture back in August 2016, which was an unlucky 4-3 defeat at the City Ground. The reverse fixture that season saw the Brewers pick up all three points at the Pirelli Stadium, thanks to a goal from Fulham-loanee Cauley Woodrow.

The two sides have met once this season, which saw the Brewers fall to a 2-0 defeat at the City Ground. Barrie McKay and Eric Lichaj scored the goals that saw Forest pick up the win.

BURTON ALBION TEAM NEW
Luke Murphy and Ben Turner are the biggest injury doubts for Nigel Clough ahead of today's game. Both players missed the trip to Ipswich after coming off injured at Aston Villa on February 3.

John Brayford and Lloyd Dyer are nursing injuries, but will both be assessed ahead of the game.

Liam Boyce played half the game at Hednesford on Tuesday night and Clough is delighted with the striker's progress as he continues his return from an ACL injury. He could play a part at some point today.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST TEAM NEWS
Republic of Ireland international Daryl Murphy could be in line for his first start of 2018, while Joe Lolley and Lee Tomlin are pushing for starts in midfield.

Forest signed left-back Juan Fuentes last week and the Spaniard could replace Daniel Fox in the backline here.

Liam Bridcutt is a doubt with a groin injury after missing last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Hull.

REFEREE
Andy Davies will be the man in the middle this afternoon. The Hampshire-based referee has taken charge of 18 games so far this season, brandishing 70 yellow cards and two reds.

He will be assisted by Paul Hodskinson and Mark Dwyer with Geoff Eltringham the fourth official.

TICKETS
Albion supporters can still purchase tickets for this afternoon's game against Forest, and can do so online, over the phone (01283 565938) or in person by visiting the club shop during opening hours.

Ticket prices are as follows (terrace):
Adult: £20.00
Senior 65+: £18.00
Young Person 17-22: £15.00
Under 17: £7.00

CAR PARKING
Supporters can park in the Pirelli Stadium car park for just £5, as well as Burton Albion's overflow car park at Ryknild Industrial Estate, left at the island for £5. the Pirelli Tyres staff car park is available this season (£3 per car).

Burton Albion encourages fans to walk to the ground or use public transport to get to the stadium if possible. Supporters who do come to the ground in vehicles are encouraged to car share. 
All supporters are asked to park responsibly and to be aware of parking restrictions and the needs of residents when leaving their vehicles.

PRE-MATCH ACTIVITIES
The Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) will be hosting a mixture of footballing activities on the Burton Albion Community Football Centre 3G before tonight's game. Activities include small sided games, penalty shoot outs, skill challenges and much more. It's completely FREE with a match ticket! Just turn up between 1.15PM and 2PM.

FAMILY AREA
After a successful trial Burton Albion Football Club is making its Family Area a regular feature for the remainder of the 2017-18 Season.

Fans wishing to use the Family Area should enter the ground by the North Stand turnstiles and then turn right and enter the stand at the far end. They should then use section J of the stand which will be reserved for under 16s and their families. No person will be allowed into this area unless they are with an under 16. There will be zero tolerance of bad language in the Family Area.

BAG POLICY
Burton Albion is reminding fans that they are encouraged not to bring bags to the Pirelli Stadium.

The policy is in operation for security and safety reasons and is in line with other football clubs in the EFL.

The club does not permit holdalls and rucksacks in the stands, terraces or in hospitality areas. The club also discourages bringing smaller bags into the ground. Anyone bringing any bag to the Pirelli Stadium will have to have it checked and tagged by security staff. This will mean that supporters must be willing to present their bags for checking on arrival and that there may be queues meaning extra time will be needed to enter the stadium.

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MATCH REPORT: NOTTINGHAM FOREST

17 February 2018

A GOALLESS draw against ten-man Nottingham Forest was not quite the result that Albion had been hoping for as they struggled to break down a stubborn Reds defence for over an hour at the Pirelli Stadium.

Forest were reduced to ten men when Eric Lichaj was sent off for a poor challenge on Martin Samuelsen just before the half hour mark and it was the Norwegian international who arguably had Albion's best chances to win the game forcing a couple of excellent saves from Forest keeper Costel Pantilimon.

After the hugely encouraging performance at Portman Road a week ago and with no new injury problems to worry them the decision to stick with an unchanged side for the visit of Forest was a relatively straightforward one. Luke Murphy was sufficiently recovered from his badly gashed shin to return on the bench in place of Marvin Sordell but other than that manager Nigel Clough kept faith with his recent line-up and formation. Forest, meanwhile, who had a busy transfer window and a recent downturn in form made no fewer than six changes as they sought to end their current losing run.

It was the visitors who started the more purposefully and it was former Huddersfield man Joe Lolley with the first test for either keeper on six minutes. Lichaj and Matty Cash combined well down the Forest left and it was Cash who fizzed a low cross to the edge of the box for the onrushing Lolley to find ashot that was straight at Bywater on his line.

Lucas Akins found himself in referee Andy Davies' book after just 12 minutes after a scrappy spell of play. The referee was quite lenient with a couple of challenges from the men in red but when Akins pulled Lichaj back as he tried to burst out away from the corner of the pitch a free kick was awarded and Akins was on a yellow card.

Albion's first real chance of any note came on the quarter of an hour mark. A long throw from Akins was helped on into the middle and Hope Akpan showed good spring to get up highest and head towards the goal but too close to giant keeper Pantilimon.

Tempers and tensions were flaring as several challenges went unpunished. Ben Brereton escaped with a talking to after a challenge on Tom Naylor on halfway and the visitors found themselves down to ten men on 28 minutes when Lichaj was given his marching orders after a horrible scything challenge on Samuelsen near the touchline. The American stayed down in the hope of escaping any retribution from the match official but after consulting with his assistant who was right there on the spot referee Davies brandished the red card.

Brereton, having been let off his previous indiscretion was not so lucky when he jumped into McFadzean for a high ball and ended up on a yellow card.

Forest took the opportunity to reorganise with Lolley the man sacrificed to allow Ben Osborn to come on and fill the hole left by Lichaj's dismissal at left back.

Albion were starting to exert their authority of the extra man and Samuelsen almost had the opening goal on 36 minutes, Davenport's corner onto the head of the Norwegian but flashing wide of the upright as the West Ham man headed it back towards where it had come from.

Another good chance came Albion's way on 42 minutes and it was Samuelsen again with it, firing a first time shot straight at Pantilimon after an intelligent header down from Bent set him up with the chance to shoot.

Samuelsen turned provider moments later as the Forest defence backed off and allowed him to cross to the back post. Akpan got caught in two minds and ended up heading wide of the target whilst in plenty of space on the left hand side.

Half time: Burton Albion 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Albion just needed to find a little more tempo and quality in the second half and they almost had the boost of an early goal after the break as both Akpan and Bent went close. Akpan showed good skill to chest the ball down on the edge of the box before firing a rising drive just over and Bent was unlucky to see a glancing header fly just over the bar from a teasing right wing cross moments later.

Forest briefly threatened as Brereton tried to capitalise on some loose defending on the edge of the Burton box. The young striker bustled his way into the box and went down looking for a penalty but referee Davies was not impressed.

Albion's hopes suffered a blow just before the hour mark when they lost Brayford to injury. The skipper took to his knee suffering what appeared to be a calf problem and was eventually replaced by Joe Sbarra, Lloyd Dyer dropping into the full back role as cover.

As Forest enjoyed another brief spell of pressure Karanka sent on big Irish striker Daryl Murphy in place of Brereton to try and provide more of an aerial threat to the Burton back line.

With a little over twenty minutes to go it was time for the introduction of Liam Boyce for his home debut. Instead of coming on for Bent he went up top to join him as Jamie Allen was the man to make way as Clough opted to try and push on with the man advantage.

Samuelsen had Pantilimon at full stretchlow to his left to push away a raking drive and the visitors had Danny Fox to thank for a crucial block on a fizzing Bent shot that looked destined for the net, Sbarra providing the excellent cross to set him up for the chance.

Albion continued to probe as Forest retreated deeper and deeper but struggled to carve open any clear opportunities.

Sbarra also had Pantilimon at full stretch with a teasing ball into the box and forced the big Romanian keeper to push the ball away with Bent steaming in at the back post looking to finish it off.

Forest rallied at the half wore on and after Tomlin had burst forwards to be thwarted by Akpan the ball eventually broke to full back Tendayi Darikwa who lashed a meaty volley not far past the far post.

It would have been hard on Albion had that gone in and at the end a point seemed scant reward for a game that Albion dominated but without being able to find that one moment of real quality to snatch the much needed victory.

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Ticket News

NOTTINGHAM FOREST TICKETS GO ON SALE

16 January 2018

TICKETS for Burton Albion’s home game against Nottingham Forest are set to go on sale.

The Championship fixture takes place on Saturday, February 17 (kick off 3pm) at the Pirelli Stadium.

Priority members and Season Ticket Holders wishing to purchase extra tickets can do so from now.

The general sale begins on Monday, January 22 at 10am.

Ticket prices are as follows (terrace):
Adult: £20.00
Senior 65+: £18.00
Young Person 17-22: £15.00
Under 17: £7.00
 
Ticket prices are as follows (seats):
Adult: £24.00
Senior 65+: £22.00
Young Person 17-22: £14.00
Under 17: £14.00
 
The easiest way to buy tickets is online by clicking here. Alternatively, Albion fans can purchase tickets over the phone (01283 565938) or in person by visiting the club shop during normal opening hours.

Please note this fixture could be affected by the Emirates FA Cup.

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