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Match Preview | Nottingham Forest (H)

All you need to know about tonight's meeting against the Reds...

28 October 2020

The Hatters are back under the lights at Kenilworth Road this evening for the visit of Nottingham Forest.

The Sky Bet Championship fixture – which kicks-off at 7:45pm – will be broadcasted live by Sky Sports as Town look to make it two wins from their last two matches, following a 1-0 victory against Sheffield Wednesday.

Forest drew 1-1 with rivals Derby on Friday night and arrive at the Kenny unbeaten in three matches under new boss Chris Hughton.

 

Nathan Jones said:

(Please note these quotes are taken from Nathan’s press conference on Tuesday, you can watch the full version by clicking here) 

On Chris Hughton: “Seeing how he works, seeing how he handles situations, how he manages people and football clubs, the grace and humility that he does everything with is quite inspiring and I actually got on with him as well.

“He gave a lot upon me to coach, to do what I wanted to do when he didn’t have to, but he saw something in me that I was very grateful for. I have a lot of time for him, I have a lot to thank him for but he’s that type of guy. Ask any human being about Chris Hughton, they always say one thing, he’s a great guy and that is how he is as a character. 

“I spoke to him when I came out of Stoke and I spoke to him when I came back here. Always very supportive and a real good friend of mine. I might not speak to him for a little while, but it is always great to catch up with him and I’ve got a good relationship with him. It will be good to see him but as I said, it is a game we want to win.”

On Forest quality: “I think any Championship side has, you look on the weekend, they had Barry Bannan, Josh Windass, Jack Marriott can score goals, Patterson big money from Cardiff, Adam Reach, they all have.

“Look at Stoke, budget is on a different planet to what we have, so every side has got that. But that is why we want to be at this level, we want to test ourselves.

“It is brilliant and we are going to have to be at it tomorrow, one defend well, be aggressive in the stuff that we do and then it is about us and that’s the exciting thing about it, we’re testing ourselves against Nottingham Forest.

“Without being disrespectful, a couple of years ago we were going to Nottingham but not to Forest. The others are a big club as well but these are the places we wanted to go to and we’re delighted that we are.”

 

Who?

Founded in 1865, Nottingham Forest have enjoyed plenty of success during their time as a football club. The two-time FA Cup winners (1897-98 and 1958-1959 seasons) won the first division in 1978 and in the following two campaigns, lifted the European Cup consecutively.

 

The manager – Chris Hughton

The vastly experienced Chris Hughton took charge of Nottingham Forest following Sabri Lamouchi’s dismal earlier this month.

He most recently endured a five-year spell as manager of Brighton & Hove Albion, before arriving at the City Ground and achieving a win and two draws from his first three matches.

 

Main threat – Joe Lolley

Joe Lolley scored a brace the last time the two sides met and was a constant threat for Nottingham Forest last season, providing 10 goals and nine assists in all competitions.

The winger has made five league starts so far this season, scoring the only goal during their 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

 

When and where?

Kick-off is 7:45pm at Kenilworth Road on Wednesday 28th October.

 

Man in the middle?

The referee for tomorrow’s game is Tim Robinson – who recently took charge of the Hatters’ Carabao Cup third round defeat against Manchester United.

 

Played before?

The two sides faced off at the City Ground back in January and Nottingham Forest were 3-1 victors on the day. It was also a narrow defeat for the Hatters last time they met at Kenilworth Road, the Reds 2-1 winners on that occasion. 

 

Follow the action  

Tonight’s game against Forest has been selected for broadcast by Sky Sports.

However, 2020-21 season ticket holders will be able to access the match via the usual iFollow streaming service.

For televised games, it will not be necessary to redeem codes. Season ticket holders will simply log in, and the match will be available to watch via the match centre or the app.

You can follow the match at Kenilworth Road via Luton Town's official Twitter and Facebook pages for live updates. 

There will also be live commentary available on BBC Three Counties Radio.


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