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MATCH PREVIEW: NOTTINGHAM FOREST V WIGAN ATHLETIC

11 February 2015

Latics head to Nottingham looking to close gap on safety to five points.

  • Hosts sat in mid-table seven points above the drop and 15 off the top six.
  • Latics won 4-1 on last visit to the City Ground.
  • Former Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman takes charge of first home game as Forest manager.
Malky Mackay takes his Latics side down to the City Ground to face Nottingham Forest on Wednesday evening as the hosts welcome new manager and former player Dougie Freedman into the dugout for his first home game in charge since replacing Stuart Pearce.

Freedman led Forest to a 3-2 win at Brighton & Hove Albion in his first game as manager but that success was just Forest’s second in 12 games, though Latics have won just once in that period.

Fans can pay on the evening at the City Ground with adult tickets priced at £28, Over 65s £20, Under 18s £14 and Under 12s £7 – for further details click here.

LAST TIME OUT



Nottingham Forest 1-4 Wigan Athletic
Saturday 1 March 2014
The City Ground
Sky Bet Championship

Latics kept their hopes of reaching the 2013-14 Play-Offs of the Sky Bet Championship alive with a resounding 4-1 victory over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Goals from Martyn Waghorn, Emmerson Boyce, James McArthur and Jordi Gomez secured the win after Jamie Paterson had earlier equalised for the hosts.

Waghorn, who was on loan from Leicester City at the time, bagged the opener just after the half hour as he followed up Jordi Gomez’s saved effort.

Paterson levelled before the hour as Jamie Mackie’s cross found Simon Cox who laid off for the Scottish striker to fire home.

Ten minutes later, Latics were back in front as Boyce headed Waghorn’s volley home before McArthur blasted home to double the advantage in the 71st minute.

And Gomez saved the best until last as he curled home from 25 yards to secure a memorable away win.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST IN 2014/15 SO FAR

Following September’s 0-0 draw at the DW Stadium between the two sides, Forest sat comfortably in second place in the table, behind leaders Norwich City on goal difference.

But with just four wins since that clash, only one of which came at the City Ground, Forest are now looking over their shoulder towards the bottom three rather than their early season heights.

A busy summer saw 11 arrivals under then boss Stuart Pearce with the most notable coming in the form of Britt Assombalonga who signed for a reported fee of up to £8million whilst Michail Antonio joined from Sheffield Wednesday and David Vaughan and Danny Fox both joined from the Premier League.

There were ten departures at the City Ground, with Simon Cox, Ishmael Miller and Gonzalo Jara all leaving prior to the start of the campaign.

The campaign began with a ten-game unbeaten run in all competitions as the likes of Bournemouth, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham were all brushed aside prior to a 3-1 defeat at Spurs in the Capital One Cup.

That defeat burst the Forest bubble somewhat as it took until early November for Pearce’s side to record another victory as Norwich were defeated 2-1 at the City Ground.

The win over the Canaries was followed by a 3-0 success at Wolves but that success provided only temporary respite as a further eight games without a win followed.

A win at fierce rivals Derby County in January lifted spirits at Forest who had placed under a transfer embargo due to their failure to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations but, after a home defeat to Millwall a fortnight later, Pearce stepped down and was immediately replaced by Freedman.

Saturday’s 3-2 win at struggling Brighton has spread optimism across the Forest squad and, with 17 games remaining, they can still push for the top six, though their immediate priority will rest with staying clear of the bottom three.

MAN TO WATCH – BRITT ASSOMBALONGA


Arguably one of the most talked about transfers in the 2014 summer transfer window was that of Britt Assombalonga making a reported £8million including add-ons move to Forest from Peterborough.

Assombalonga, who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, began his career with Watford, where he was signed by Malky Mackay, and progressed through the Hornets’ youth ranks before making four first team appearances.

Spells on loan at Wealdstone, Braintree and Southend United followed before Posh broke their previous transfer record to bring him to London Road.

The now 21-year-old scored 33 goals in 58 appearances during his sole season at the club before Forest came calling.

With 14 goals in 31 appearances in his Forest career to date, Assombalonga is still one of the most prolific and dangerous frontmen in the second tier.

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