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08 August 2017 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Nottingham Forest Preview

8 August 2017

We travel to Carabao for our first competitive game with Forest

This weeks League cup fixtures sees Shrewsbury Town and visit Nottingham Forest for the first time in our history. Both teams won their first game of the season Town sneaking past Northampton and Forest beating Millwall 1-0 at home thanks to a goal from Barrie McKay who scored on his debut after arriving from Rangers for a £500,000 fee. Striker Daryl Murphy and defender Tendayi Darikwa also made debut appearances after commanding undisclosed fees from Newcastle and Burnley respectively.

The Manager
Fifty-four year old Mark Warburton started his coaching career with Watford's academy, before making the move to Brentford in February 2011, as both coach. He was appointed sporting director in 2013 and helped lead them to promotion to the Championship in 2014. He is team finished the following season with the club's best second-tier placing for 80 years. He managed Rangers from 2015 to 2017, winning the Scottish Championship and the Scottish Challenge Cup in his first season. He joined Nottingham Forest in March 2017 and helped them to avoid relegation on goal difference. Warburton also had a career as a player, playing at right back with Enfield and Boreham Wood.

Top scorer
After just one game and as previously mentioned, Barrie McKay scored the only Forest goal this season. The twenty-two year old midfielder arrived from Rangers where he also played on loan for Morton and Raith. His goal on Saturday means he has already scored for all of the four clubs he's played for with one for Raith, three for Morton and twelve for rangers. In his time at Rangers he became a pretty steady goalscorer who could easily score into double figures in the right team.

Referee
John Busby from Oxfordshire. Games: 1. Yellow Cards: 4. Red Cards: 0.
Assistants
Anthony Da Costa and David Benton

Squad News
Forest-Manager Mark Warburton has said that he intends to field a side capable of a Championship game.
Town-Joe Riley is still missing.

Prediction
Obviously Forest are the favourites for this one and rightly so, they're a bigger club with better resources and consequently should have better players. They're also at home and what little form there is going their way. That stated, we have a little cup form of our own and we're more than capable of beating Championship sides away in the cup. I usually like to predict a town win but I've been going for draws recently and every time I do we have won. 

Nottingham Forest 2-2 Shrewsbury Town

COYB!!!

Marcus Braddock

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Match Reports

Nottingham Forest 2 Town 1

Town battle hard but are knocked out of the Carabao Cup

8 August 2017

Town: Dean Henderson, Mat Sadler, Abu Ogogo, Arthur Gnahoua (Shaun Whalley 66), Junior Brown, James Bolton, Ebou Adams (Louis Dodds 83), Niall Ennis (Lenell John-Lewis 83), Jon Nolan, Aristote Nsiala, Alex Rodman
Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Louis Dodds, Shaun Whalley, Zak Jules, Dan James, Lenell John-Lewis, Christos Shielis

Nottingham Forest: Dimitar Evtimov, Eric Lichaj, Matt Mills, Chris Cohen ©, Danny Fox (Tendayi Darikwa 63), Mustapha Carayol, Kieran Dowell (Ben Osborn 63), Jack Hobbs, Andreas Bouchalakis, Jason Cummings, Apostolos Vellios (Tyler Walker 74)
Subs: Jordan Smith, Barrie McKay, Ben Osborn, Ben Brereton, Tendayi Darikwa, Tyler Walker, Joe Worrall

Referee: John Busby
Assistants: Anthony Da Costa and David Benton
Fourth Official: Richard Bartlett

Shrewsbury Town have been knocked out of the first round of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Championship side Nottingham Forest. Forest took the lead on the half hour mark when Mustapha Carayol sent Dean Henderson the wrong way from the spot. Forest scored a second with 15 minutes remaining when Jason Cummings finished powerfully from 12 yards. Town almost got back into it as Shaun Whalley scored from the spot after a foul on Niall Ennis, but they couldn’t find a late equaliser to take it to extra-time.

Team News:
Town make three changes from the side which beat Northampton Town on Saturday. The two Morris’ Carlton and Bryn drop out of the squad. Niall Ennis replaces Carlton Morris upfront, whilst Ebou Adams comes into bolster the midfield. Meanwhile, Shaun Whalley is on the bench with Arthur Gnahoua coming in on the left wing and Alex Rodman moving over to the right. Dan James and Christos Shielis make up the bench.

First Half:
On a sodden night at the City Ground it was the home side who had the first opportunity of the game when Mustapha Carayol ran past a couple of Town men and the ball found its way to Apostolos Vellios whose left footed effort was high and wide of Dean Henderson’s goal.

Just a minute later Town almost had the perfect opportunity handed to them on a plate when a defensive mix up allowed Niall Ennis space to run, but after doing the hard work he scuffed his shot and Jon Nolan’s follow up was well blocked by a couple of Forest bodies.

Despite making 11 changes from the weekend, Forest kept very much to their philosophy of passing the ball out of the back, as Town looked to combat that with a high pressing game. The combination of the two styles allowed for an end to end affair with Alex Rodman having a decent effort blocked from the edge of the box, whilst Eric Lichaj’s 25 yard shot was straight at Dean Henderson.

It was Nottingham Forest that came closest in the opening 25 minutes when Jason Cummings received the ball on the turn and ran 15 yards before unleashing a dipping effort from 30 yards which clipped the top of Dean Henderson’s bar.

Town certainly didn’t look like a side from the league below and they had a couple of periods of sustained pressure without testing Dimitar Evtimov in the Forest goal.

Sadly, on the half hour mark Town were made to pay for a lack of cutting edge when Mustapha Carayol caught Town on the break and he ran 40 yards, before being brought down in the box by Abu Ogogo. Referee Busby quickly pointed to the spot and Carayol himself stepped up to send Henderson the wrong way.

With the rain continuing to poor at the City Ground, neither side created any clear cut chances in the final 15 minutes of the half. Town’s best work came through Rodman down the right hand side, but the final ball was lacking.

Half Time: Forest 1 Town 0

Second Half:

If anything the rain got even worse in the second half meaning that both sides struggled to have sustained spells of possession. The closest either side came in the opening 15 minutes of the half was a Forest free-kick which went straight into the hands of Henderson after the Town wall blocked the initial effort.

With Town needing an equaliser, Forest were happy to sit deep in defence. This allowed the likes of Gnahoua, Ennis and Rodman space to roam. At times they all managed to get into dangerous positions, but much like the first half, Town couldn’t find the desired pass at the crucial time.

The longer the game went on the more confident Forest became and they went very close to adding a second when Nsiala and Brown were forced to make last ditch blocks to keep out Carayol and Cohen, before Tendayi Darikwa’s shot whistled just wide.

At the other end, Town substitute Shaun Whalley was denied a penalty when he latched onto Jon Nolan’s through ball and appeared to be brought down in the box, but Busby waved away the appeals.

With just 15 minutes remaining Forest appeared to have put the game to bed as Jason Cummings pounced on a wonderful slide-pass from Carayol before firing past Dean Henderson.

However, Town reacted quickly and Busby this time did point to the spot when Niall Ennis appeared to be blocked off after receiving a pass from Shaun Whalley. Whalley stepped up and despite Evtimov getting a good hand to it, the spot kick had too much power and nestled in the back of the net.

With less than 10 minutes remaining Paul Hurst sent on Louis Dodds and Lenell John-Lewis as Town looked to force extra time and they came so close to doing so in stoppage time when Shaun Whalley found the rising head of Alex Rodman at the far post, but his powerful header was brilliantly saved Evtimov in the Forest goal.

Full Time: Forest 2 Town 1

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Nottingham Forest Ticket Details

8 August 2017

Prices confirmed for our Carabao Cup trip to Nottingham

Nottingham Forest v Shrewsbury Town
Tuesday 8th August 2017 – kick-off 7:45pm
The City Ground
Carabao Cup

Ticket prices have been confirmed for our Carabao Cup trip to the City Ground to take on Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Town fans will be housed in the Bridgeford Stand Lower Tier behind the goal.

Tickets will be priced at -

General Admission
Adults - £15
Over 65 - £10
Ages 12-17 - £10
Ages 4-11 - £1

There will be a discounted price for current Shrewsbury Town season ticket holders, with ticket priced at-

Adults - £10
Over 65 - £5
Ages 12-17 - £5
Ages 4-11 - £1

Seson ticket holder priced tickets can only be purchased from the ticket office or over the phone.

Children under the age of 4 years of age will not be admitted for their own safety.

Town fans can pay on the day with no price increase.

Ticket will go off sale from the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office at 2pm on Tuesday 8th.

Disabled Supporters

Five wheelchair disabled and personal assistant tickets are included and should be charged at the appropriate aged related price for the disabled supporter. The personal assistant ticket may be issued free of charge should the disabled supporter be in receipt of the higher rate of disability living allowance, personal independence payment or attendance allowance.
Otherwise again the appropriate aged aged related price should apply. Ambulant disabled supporters should be sold for Town’s allocation at the same prices and conditions previously stated for wheelchair disabled.

 Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: 

•    In person at the Greenhous Meadow ticket office 
•    By calling 01743 273943 
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

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