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 Post subject: Match Reports: Notts Forest v Sunderland Sat 30/12/17 15:00
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42463023

Nottingham Forest forward Daryl Murphy is expected to face his former club Sunderland after being left out of the Boxing Day loss to Sheffield Wednesday.

Midfielder David Vaughan also missed the game against the Owls and faces a fitness test for Saturday's match.

Sunderland are likely to be without top goalscorer Lewis Grabban, who has a calf problem.

Midfielders Didier Ndong (ankle) and Darron Gibson (groin) could also be absent for the Black Cats.

SAM's prediction
Home win 46% Draw 26% Away win 28%


SAM, the Sports Analytics Machine, is a super-computer built by @ProfIanMcHale of the University of Liverpool.


Match facts

  • This is the first meeting between these sides at the City Ground since August 2008 in the League Cup - Sunderland won 2-1 with goals from Phil Bardsley and David Healy.
  • The Black Cats have not lost twice to Forest in a league season since 1984-85, having already lost 1-0 earlier this season.
  • Forest have won five of their past seven league games at the City Ground (L2), although the two defeats have come in the most recent three games there (0-2 v Cardiff and 0-3 v Sheffield Wednesday).
  • Sunderland have not won any of their past nine final matches in a calendar year (D4 L5) since beating Bolton in 2007.
  • Barrie McKay has provided seven assists from open play in the Championship this term; the most of any player in the competition.
  • Lewis Grabban has scored 43% of his team's goals in the Championship this season (12 of 28); the highest percentage of any player for his team.


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2017/december/managers-preview-v-nottingham-forest

Chris Coleman is expecting a response from his side when they face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday.


The Welshman pulled no punches when analysing Sunderland’s performance against Sheffield United on Boxing Day, acknowledging it simply wasn’t good enough and they got exactly what they deserved.

There is little time to dwell, though, with Coleman tasked with preparing his depleted squad for two games in 72 hours, with Barnsley heading to the Stadium of Light on Monday.

And speaking to safc.com, the boss demanded a response from his players against Forest.

“Talk is cheap and it’s all about what you do on the pitch – and we have to do it tomorrow.

“We missed the 90 minutes at Sheffield United and that was disappointing, but we have Forest next and that’s what we need to look forward to, and we need to put a performance in first and foremost because we definitely didn’t do that in the last game.

“Nottingham Forest play out from the back – a possession-based game – and they’re quite expansive in their set-up,” continued Coleman.

“They play good football and they take chances, and they’ve had a pretty good season really although they’ve had a recent slip-up.

“When Mark [Warburton] went in there they were really struggling and he’s done a good job, but whether we’re playing Wolves away, Birmingham at home [or Forest], they’re all tough games for different reasons.

“Forest will be looking at this game as one they can get three points from if they get it right, especially if we don’t up our game from our last experience, because they’re a good footballing team.

“It’s up to us to weather that but let’s go and ask them some questions because we didn’t ask enough of Sheffield United.”


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2017/december/team-news-v-nottingham-forest


Chris Coleman’s options are severely depleted heading into Sunderland’s upcoming games against Nottingham Forest and Barnsley.

The Black Cats face two games in just three days as the festive period comes to a close, and their injury woes have shown no signs of letting up with Lewis Grabban and Ty Browning the latest casualties.

Grabban missed the Boxing Day defeat at Bramall Lane due to a calf injury and seems unlikely to feature in either game, with Browning expected to miss the trip to the City Ground.

And Coleman admits he will have to take both games into consideration when selecting a starting XI against Forest.

“We’ve lost Lewis Grabban – he’s still not fit – and Ty Browning has got a badly swollen foot,” said Coleman.

“Ty is extremely doubtful for the first game. He may be okay for the second one but we’ll have to wait and see, time will tell.”

He continued: “I think we have to [look at these games as a pair] in this situation.

“You always look at the next game and you concentrate on that, but we have two games in three days with nine or ten players in the medical room.

“We have to look at how we spread the players to get the best results we possible can because the second game comes around so quickly.”


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2017/december/press-conference-v-forest



Chris Coleman previews Sunderland's trip to Nottingham Forest.

The Black Cats boss shares his thoughts on the game, urges his players to provide a response following defeat at Sheffield United, and provides the latest team news.

Watch the full press conference in the video above.


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https://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/sunderland-hit-by-new-injury-blow-as-chris-coleman-ponders-formation-change-1-8931960

A little bit of news from the Sunderland Echo, but only if you can find it amongst the adverts.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/injuries-force-sunderlands-chris-coleman-14091623

Injuries force Sunderland's Chris Coleman into a change of system at Nottingham Forest

Ty Browning's injury means Sunderland are set to swicth to a back four as they head to the City Ground looking to clamber out of the bottom three


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http://www.skysports.com/football/n-forest-vs-sland/preview/374917

Nottingham Forest v Sunderland preview

Daryl Murphy is expected to return to the Nottingham Forest side against his former club Sunderland at the City Ground on Saturday.

The forward, who has scored seven Championship goals this season, was rested on Boxing Day as the Reds were beaten 3-0 at home by Sheffield Wednesday. David Vaughan was also absent against the Owls after failing a fitness test ahead of the game and the midfielder will be assessed once more.

Full-back Danny Fox is fit again after a knee injury and could be back in the squad, while central defender Matt Mills has been nursing an injury, sustained against Bristol City on December 16, and remains a doubt.

Lewis Grabban looks set to miss out for Sunderland as he nurses a calf problem. The Black Cats' top scorer missed the Boxing Day defeat at Sheffield United and is expected to be recalled from his loan spell by parent club Bournemouth in January, meaning he could well have played his last game for the Wearsiders.

Didier Ndong also sat out the Blades clash with an ankle injury he sustained against Birmingham and will be assessed. Fellow midfielder Darron Gibson struggled with a groin problem at Bramall Lane and will also be monitored.

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This is the first meeting between these sides at the City Ground since August 2008 in the League Cup - Sunderland won 2-1 with goals from Phil Bardsley and David Healy.

The Black Cats haven't lost twice to Forest in a league season since 1984/85, having already lost 1-0 earlier this season.

Forest have won five of their last seven league games at the City Ground (L2), although the two defeats have come in the most recent three games there (0-2 v Cardiff and 0-3 v Sheffield Wednesday).

Sunderland haven't won any of their last nine final matches in a calendar year (D4 L5) since beating Bolton in 2007.

Barrie McKay has provided seven assists from open play in the Championship this term; the most of any player in the competition.

Lewis Grabban has scored 43% of his team's goals in the Championship this season (12 of 28); the highest percentage of any player for his team.


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That injury list almost defies belief :(



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Happy New Year everybody.



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Sheep farmer wrote:
That injury list almost defies belief :(


Which one. Two seem quite convenient to me. :(


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Certainly wouldn't be sorry to see those two gone - their contribution has been negligible this season.

Interesting Maja starts and Oviedo bench. Implies that Coleman sees Barnsley as more winnable



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Sunderland moved out of the Championship relegation zone with a win at Nottingham Forest.

Forest striker Daryl Murphy missed three presentable chances before Adam Matthews crossed for Aiden McGeady to power in a header.

The hosts had three shots on target to the Black Cats' one but couldn't find a way past goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter.

Chris Coleman's third win in eight Championship games helped Sunderland move past Burton into 21st place.

McGeady's goal was Sunderland's only shot in the entire match, with the absence of injured top scorer Lewis Grabban felt up front.

However, the away side were comfortable sitting deep and were not made to pay by Forest, with former Black Cats striker Murphy particularly guilty of spurning chances.

Ruiter was out quickly to block the Irishman's first attempt, but Murphy also guided a diving header wide and put another over the bar from close range.

With Bolton winning at Sheffield United, Birmingham beating Leeds and both Barnsley and Burton picking up draws, the win became even more significant for Coleman's team.

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton:


"It was very similar to the last game [against Sheffield Wednesday] in that we created chances, but did not put them away.

"We had a couple of headers in particular that were three, four or five yards from goal. You have to put those in the back of the net and we did not.

"Then we find ourselves 1-0 down to a team we knew would fight and who would sit in with 10 men behind the ball. That is hard. They were solid and compact and you cannot lose patience."

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman:

"Three points is all that matters. We had to do something different to what we did in the last game - and I thought the guys were brilliant.

"I was critical of us after the last game but, this time out, I was so proud of our players. They were absolutely brilliant.

"It was the organisation and communication. Some of the defending was stunning. I thought all the lads were absolutely fantastic."

Nottm Forest

43 Smith
2 Lichaj
42 Worrall
4 Mancienne
11 Osborn
31 Bouchalakis Substituted for Traore at 45'minutes Booked at 82mins
24 Vaughan
17 Brereton
20 Dowell
10 McKay Substituted for Carayol at 61'minutes
9 Murphy Substituted for Cummings at 69'minutes

Substitutes

6 Traore
14 Cash
16 Clough
18 Carayol
30 Henderson
34 Walker
35 Cummings

Sunderland

25 Ruiter
18 Browning
16 O'Shea
36 Wilson
22 Love
26 Honeyman
24 Gibson
21 Matthews
13 McManaman Substituted for Gooch at 70'minutes
19 McGeady Substituted for Oviedo at 83'minutes
20 Maja Substituted for Vaughan at 65'minutes

Substitutes


1 Steele
2 Jones
3 Oviedo
9 Vaughan
27 Gooch
29 Asoro
40 Embleton

Referee:
Darren Bond

Attendance:
26,830


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2017/december/nottingham-forest/report-v-nottingham-forest



Nottingham Forest 0-1 Sunderland


Sunderland returned to winning ways at Nottingham Forest as Aiden McGeady’s bullet header separated the sides at the City Ground.

Former Black Cat Daryl Murphy sprurned the home side’s best chances inside the opening half-hour, and the Black Cats made them pay as McGeady headed home before the interval.

Mark Warburton’s side responded following the restart and saw a lot of the ball, but, in truth, they rarely troubled Robbin Ruiter and Sunderland rode it out to claim three points.

STAGE IS SET

After a frustrating Boxing Day, Chris Coleman freshened things up with the Welshman making three changes to his starting XI at the City Ground. The big news saw Josh Maja make his first senior start as James Vaughan dropped to the bench, as Donald Love and Callum McManaman replaced Bryan Oviedo and Lynden Gooch. Ty Browning was also fit to start despite a foot injury as former Black Cat Liam Bridcutt missed out, but Forest did recall David Vaughan and Daryl Murphy.

BLACK CATS SIGNAL THEIR INTENT


Sunderland were revitalised from the off and looked like a different side to the one that lost at Sheffield United, as the Black Cats made a lively start at the City Ground. McGeady endured a frustrating afternoon at Bramall Lane but he led the charge on Trentside, with right-back Eric Lichaj left trailing in his wake on two occasions in the opening five minutes. Maja also showed his intent early on, holding up the ball well and winning a free-kick which was take McGeady and narrowly missed by the 19-year-old.

FOREST IN THE ASCENDANCY


Murphy struck the only goal when the sides met earlier in the season and with 14 minutes played he threatened for the first time. After outmuscling John O’Shea and Marc Wilson, the striker bore down on goal and seemed certain to score, but Ruiter was quick off his line and dashed out to make the save and ensure it remained level. Four minutes later, Murphy went close again as he dropped into the hole and took once touch before curling a 25-yard effort inches wide. And the Republic of Ireland international wasn’t done there, as Ruiter forced him wide and he clipped the ball over the top.

OUT OF THE TOP DRAWER


As the opening period wore on, Sunderland found themselves under increasing pressure as their front three became increasing isolated. Coleman’s wingers attempted to drop deep to see more of the ball, but in doing so found themselves smothered by the Forest midfield. However, McGeady once again got the better of Lichaj and delivered a testing ball into the six-yard box soon after, but Forest continued to defend manfully as the Lads once again started to flex their attacking muscles. And flex them they did. With 40 minutes played, the Republic of Ireland international dispatched the opener, with a sumptuous header leaving the ‘keeper with no chance following superb play – and a stunning cross – from Matthews.

JOB DONE

The second period was a combative affair but Sunderland were strong and they were resilient as the home side struggled to break them down. Tempers flared and threatened to boil over as Honeyman and Love bore the brunt of Forest’s frustration, with Vaughan and substitute Armand Traore both crunching into challenges. But the Black Cats quickly dusted themselves down and continued to go about their task, as Coleman’s men provided the perfect response to claim three points on Trentside.

Nottingham Forest: Smith, Lichaj, Mancienne, Murphy (Cummings, 69), McKay (Carayol, 61), Osborn, Brereton, Dowell, Vaughan, Bouchalakis (Traore, 45), Worrall.
Subs not used: Henderson, Cash, Clough, Walker.

Sunderland: Ruiter, Browning, O’Shea, Wilson, Love, Matthews, Gibson, Honeyman, McManaman (Gooch, 70), McGeady (Oviedo, 83), Maja (Vaughan, 65)
Substitutes: Steele, Asoro, Jones, Embleton.


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This shows what a defeat by Sunderland can bring.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42528150

Nottingham Forest have sacked manager Mark Warburton and director of football Frank McParland after nine months at the City Ground.

Former Rangers and Brentford boss Warburton, 55, was appointed in March on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

He helped Forest narrowly avoid relegation from the Championship last season.

Forest, 14th in the table, have won one of their past seven league games and lost 1-0 to Sunderland on Saturday.

More to follow.


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Hakuna Matata wrote:
Forest, 14th in the table, have won one of their past seven league games and lost 1-0 to Sunderland on Saturday.

More to follow.


They're not confident about turning it around then?



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I think the important tactical adjustment Chris Coleman made, was to play Daryl Murphy as Nottingham Forest's centre forward. It worked a charm.


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