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17 October 2020 Venue Ewood Park Attendance

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Preview: Rovers v Nottingham Forest

A look ahead to today's test against the Reds at Ewood Park in the sixth Sky Bet Championship game of the

17 October 2020

Rovers return to action for today's clash against Nottingham Forest following the two-week international break without a game.

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Match pass: Rovers v Nottingham Forest

17 October 2020

Tony Mowbray's men will be aiming to continue their unbeaten run at least against the Reds, who have lost each of their five games so far this season in all competitions.

However, Forest make the trip north with a new manager in the form of the experienced Chris Hughton, with Sabri Lamouchi departing following the loss to Bristol City last time out a couple of weeks ago.

For Rovers, two of their deadline day signings have been registered in time to potentially play a part, with Barry Douglas and Tom Trybull both available for selection.

However, having arrived late in the day, Aynsley Pears and Harvey Elliott will only be available for the trip to Watford in midweek.

Douglas and Trybull's potential inclusions will provide a boost for Mowbray, with injuries having an impact on the boss' selections this weekend.

Derrick Williams, Joe Rankin-Costello, Elliott Bennett and Lewis Holtby will all miss out, but the return of Darragh Lenihan and Corry Evans from injuries have proved to be well times.

Lenihan, who missed out on the draw with Cardiff, is expected to come straight back in to partner Daniel Ayala, whilst Evans could fill the void left by Holtby, who remains in Germany following the birth of his daughter.

For Forest, new signing Anthony Knockaert hasn't been registered in time for feature in East Lancashire after arriving on loan from Fulham on deadline day.

Hughton has confirmed that Scott McKenna and Harry Arter have recovered from their injuries and will be available for selection, but Joe Worrall, Fouad Bachirou and Tyler Blackett will all be missing due to setbacks.

New arrival Cafu will be hoping to be involved for the first time since his signing for the club, while Alex Mighten and Nicholas Ioannou will be hopeful of holding onto their shirts after making their first league starts for the club last time out.

And ahead of the encounter, Hughton believes his first game couldn't be much tougher.

“They will be a big test on any occasion but they are in good form at the moment," he told the official Nottingham Forest website.

"They are in a good place, with good rhythm and they have a lot of consistency in the team having not made many changes.

“The simple fact that they have got off to a good start, scoring a lot of goals, means that it is a tough game to come into. But that is the challenge, we are up against a team that is in good form and we are conscious of that.”

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A reminder that kick-off is at 3pm this afternoon.

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Report: Rovers 0-1 Nottingham Forest

A late Joe Lolley winner does the damage for the visitors who earn a narrow win at Ewood Park

17 October 2020

Joe Lolley scored against Rovers for the third successive game and his deflected strike was enough to earn the three points for Nottingham Forest

A potshot from Lolley took a wicked deflection and beat Thomas Kaminski in the final minute of normal time to make it a perfect start to life under Chris Hughton for the Reds.

It looked as if the game would end as a 0-0 with chances at a premium, but Forest were the ones who got the late winner that was a little underserved.

There was plenty of possession for Rovers throughout, but Forest were organised defensively and kept the hosts at bay by preventing too many clear cut chances.

The boss made three changes to his team, with Derrick Williams and Joe Rothwell missing due to isolation and Lewis Holtby remaining in Germany following the birth of his daughter.

Starts were handed to Darragh Lenihan, John Buckley and Corry Evans, but none of the four deadline day signings were included at a chilly Ewood.

Both sides were attempting to figure each other out in the early stages, and the closest either team came to finding an opener came via Lolley's left-footed effort that was dragged wide of the target.

At the other end, Samba was well positioned to hold onto Ben Brereton's curling effort that looked like it was heading towards the bottom corner.

A tinkering of the system saw Buckley move into the attacking midfield position and Evans joining Johnson in defensive midfield, with Mowbray opting for a 4-2-3-1 system.

But it was Forest who worked the first chance of the half, with Ryan Yates heading over from close range after Lewis Grabban's dinked cross to the back post.

A set piece saw Luke Freeman's corner kick find Tobias Figueiredo, but the Portguese defender's downward header was grabbed well by Kaminski as the game began to open up.

Kaminski was called into action again a moment later, beating away Sammy Ameobi's drive from the left side to keep his clean sheet intact with 15 minutes of the contest remaining.

The Belgian soon had to deal with substitute Lyle Taylor's strike with time running out, pushing behind the striker's swerving attempt as the chances continued to arrived.

Luke Brennan was on for the final nine minutes as Mowbray rolled the dice for the final time in a bid to find a late winner against a stubborn Forest side.

That breakthroough nearly arrived with two minutes remaining, but fortune favoured Rovers when Ameobi's dipping volley cracked the post before bouncing clear of danger.

However, Rovers didn't survive, and Lolley's winner arrived after the winger worked a yard before seeing his deflected effort wrongfoot Kaminski and find the back of the net.

That was to prove the last action of the game, with no time left for Rovers to make an assault on Samba's goal.

Rovers: Kaminski, Nyambe, Lenihan (c), Ayala, Bell, Johnson, Buckley (Chapman, 68), Evans, Dolan (Gallagher, 53), Brereton (Brennan, 81), Armstrong.

Unused substitutes: Stergiakis, Davenport, Carter, Wharton.

Booked: Johnson, 58, Gallagher, 72.

Nottingham Forest: Samba, Christie, Figueiredo, Grabban (c) (Taylor, 74), Colback (Arter, 50), Ameobi, Freeman, Yates, Lolley, McKenna, Ioannou.

Unused substitutes: Smith, Mbe Soh, Jenkinson, Mighten, Sow, Taylor.

Goal: Lolley, 90.

Booked: Figueiredo, 28

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