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Albion v Forest match preview

12 February 2019

Albion go head-to-head with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening in a Sky Bet Championship fixture at The Hawthorns (ko 8pm).

The opposition

Nottingham Forest are currently sitting in ninth place in the league. They are managed by Martin O'Neill, who is assisted by Roy Keane. The pair took over the job in January, and so far they have won two and lost two scoring five and conceding five.

Forest finished last season in 17th place, so are on course for an improved finish.

In their last outing, Forest beat Brentford 2-1 at home. Lewis Grabban is their top scorer, with 15 goals to his name.

Last time out

Our last meeting was at the City Ground last August, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Adlene Guedioura put the hosts ahead just before the hour mark.

However, all was not lost for Albion as Matty Phillips rifled in a powerful strike in the 87th minute to salvage a point on the road for the Baggies.

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Albion

• Albion are joint highest scorers in the league, level on 60 goals with Norwich City, who are top of the league.

• A win will move Albion up to third and just two points behind the automatic promotion places.

• The Baggies have scored 35 goals at The Hawthorns, that is the second highest of any team in the league in front of their home supporters.

Opposition

• Nottingham Forest have failed to score in seven of their 12 league games since December.

• Six times this season Nottingham Forest have had a man sent off. Four of the red cards were in league games.

• Forest have been involved in 12 draws this season, including a 5-5 draw with Aston Villa and a 3-3 draw with Norwich City.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from Albion's 2-0 FA Cup win against a Forest side that had gone 42 league games without defeat, until they met the Baggies at The Hawthorns in the cup. 

Head to head

Albion come out on top in the head-to-head record.

Of the 133 matches that have been played, the Baggies have triumphed 57 times, there have been 31 draws and Nottingham Forest have won on 45 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday's match is Lee Mason, and he'll be assisted by Scott Ledger and Neil Davies - with Peter Bankes as the fourth official.

Lee Mason has refereed Albion three times this season, most recently in a 0-0 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup. The other two games he has officiated have been wins for Albion; 4-3 away at Norwich City and 4-1 at The Hawthorns against Leeds United.

Ticket news 

Tickets are still on general sale.

Adults can secure their seat for £20/23, seniors for £15/£17, students & U23s for £15, U18s & disabled for £10 and U11s for just £5.

Tickets can be purchased online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Brighton is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland, former Albion player Andy Johnson and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

International supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

Twitter - @WBA

Facebook - West Bromwich Albion

Instagram - wba

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Match Reports

Albion 2 Nottingham Forest 2

12 February 2019

Jay Rodriguez scored late to earn Albion a 2-2 Sky Bet Championship draw with Nottingham Forest at The Hawthorns.

The visitors capitalised on a misplaced pass to register a sixth-minute lead as Ryan Yates looked to convert from close range, with Stefan Johansen unfortunate to get the final touch and credited with an own goal.

Jacob Murphy levelled for the Baggies in the 54th minute, his first goal for the Club, coming after Rekeem Harper had sent a thunderous long-range effort against the crossbar.

Yates netted what looked like a winner for Forest in the 65th-minute with a volley off the post, but Rodriguez converted a late penalty after Dwight Gayle was fouled inside the area grab a share of the spoils.

Darren Moore's side showed two changes from Saturday's win at Stoke City, Tosin Adarabioyo and Harper coming in for the injured Ahmed Hegazi and Gareth Barry, who was rested to the bench.

Yet it was the East Midlands visitors, making their first visit since 2010, who took an early lead.

Ben Osborn pounced on a misplaced ball out from defence and fed Jack Colback, who played a one-two with Lewis Grabban before squaring across goal for Yates to convert from close range, with Johansen unfortunate to get the final touch.

Albion rallied in response but were thwarted in their efforts to find a route through a resilient Forest defence, Costel Pantilimon getting down well to collect Murphy's dangerous ball across the six-yard area in the 38th minute.

However, Albion and their home support came to life in the 53rd minute courtesy of a thunderous 20-yard volley from Harper which cannoned off the crossbar.

It sparked the hosts and they duly levelled just a minute later.

Dwight Gayle's left-wing cross was cleared only as far as the onrushing Mason Holgate, whose shot was inadvertently blocked by Jay Rodriguez and the ball fell for Murphy to slot home through the legs of Pantilimon from six yards.

Barry replaced Jake Livermore to take the captain's armband in the 64th minute, yet the visitors regained the lead just a minute later.

Jack Robinson's long throw-in found it's way to Lewis Grabban in the area and he touched for Yates to convert off the inside of the woodwork.

Albion pushed forward in the final stages to try and equalise for a second time, and the pressure finally paid off when Dwight Gayle was brought down in the 89th minute.

Rodriguez kept his cool to smash the ball into the bottom left corner from the spot and ensure Albion picked up what could turn out to be an important point.

Albion: Johnstone, Holgate, Dawson, Adarabioyo, Gibbs, Harper, Livermore (c) (Barry 64), Johansen (Hoolahan 70), Murphy, Rodriguez, Gayle.

Subs: Bond, Mears, Bartley, Field, Tulloch.

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Ticket News

Print Forest tickets at home

12 February 2019

Albion fans are urged to take advantage of the print-at-home option when purchasing tickets for tonight’s Hawthorns clash with Nottingham Forest (ko 8pm).

Avoid potential queues at club’s ticket office by grabbing your ticket online. 

Tickets are priced £20/23 adults, £15/£17 seniors, £15 students & U23s, £10 U18s & disabled and  just £5 U11s.

Tickets can be purchased online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

The East Stand Ticket Office will be open until kick-off should supporters wish to purchase tickets in person. 

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