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ON THE RADAR | NOTTINGHAM FOREST

1 November 2019

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The Hatters welcome Nottingham Forest to Kenilworth Road tomorrow, with the Reds looking to get back to winning ways.

On the back of two consecutive defeats, Forest arrive at Kenilworth Road in tenth place but know a victory could push them back up into the play-off places.

Until losses against Wigan Athletic and Hull City last week, Sabri Lamouchi’s team had only lost once in 11 Championship matches.

Three points would result in back-to-back home wins for the Hatters for the first time since February and could see them rise as high as 17th in the table.

The manager

Following Martin O’Neill’s dismissal during the summer, Sabri Lamouchi was appointed as Nottingham Forest manager.

After his career as a player – in which he was capped 12 times by France and played for the likes of Monaco, Inter Milan and Marseille – Lamouchi went into management in 2012.

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He took charge of Ivory Coast in a spell that lasted two years, before taking the hot seat at El Jaish in Qatar, before heading to Rennes and now Nottingham Forest.

 

The one to watch

Forest have a squad full of attacking threat and creativity, demonstrated by the fact they have ten different goalscorers already this season.

But the man leading the way with five goals thus far is Lewis Grabban and the 31-year-old is the one to watch.

Renowned for being a consistent goalscorer at this level, the striker has more than 120 career goals to his name for 12 different clubs.

He joined the City Ground outfit in July 2018 and that season finished as Nottingham Forest’s top goalscorer, with 17 goals.

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History

Nottingham Forest have enjoyed plenty of success since they were formed in 1865. The Reds have twice been FA Cup winners, most recently in 1959 when they beat Luton 2-1. They enjoyed a tremendous period in the 1970s, winning the First Division in 1978 and then the European Cup for two consecutive seasons after that.

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As well as being four-time winners of the Football League Cup and UEFA Super Cup winners, Forest certainly have plenty of history to brag about.

 

The ground

Nottingham Forest moved to the City Ground in 1898 and have called it home ever since. They once welcomed a crowd of more than 49,000 fans in 1967 for a first division fixture against Manchester United, but capacity these days is a tad more than 30,000.

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The stadium was a venue during Euro 96 and this year it was revealed the City Ground could undergo redevelopment in the future to increase the capacity up to 38,000.

 

The stats

  • The two sides will face-off at Kenilworth Road for the first time since December 2007, a game Luton won 1-0.
  • The Hatters and Forest met in the 1959 FA Cup final and the Reds were 2-1 winners on the day, laying claim to their second FA Cup trophy.
  • Luton’s James Collins and Nottingham Forest’s Lewis Grabban are both team’s top scorers this season with five goals each - a tally Harry Cornick has also reached after his strike last weekend against Birmingham.
  • Nottingham Forest have the joint-third best defensive record in the Championship, conceding 12 goals.
  • Luton are the joint-fifth highest goalscorers in the division with 21 goals in 14 Championship games

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