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Kick off 19:45 (UK)

19 July 2019 Venue City Ground Attendance

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

Nottingham Forest
1 - 0
Crystal Palace

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Match Previews

Preview: Palace to face test against Championship Nottingham Forest

18 July 2019

Crystal Palace will go head to head with Championship side Nottingham Forest today (K.O. 7.45pm BST) in their fourth pre-season friendly at the City Ground. Roy Hodgson may again rotate his squad in preparation for the new season, potentially giving valuable game time to younger Development players.

On their tour of Switzerland, The Eagles beat FC Luzern on penalties (6-5) however were unable to claim the Uhrencup trophy after a 2-0 loss to BSC Young Boys. Back on English soil, Palace will be looking to bounce back after their defeat to Barnet on Tuesday.

Having gone 2-0 up early on through goals from David Boateng and Connor Wickham, the young Eagles side slipped to a 6-2 defeat against an inspired Barnet team but will be hoping to put this behind them through the match on Friday.

Pre Season

Remembering the time Crystal Palace beat Nottingham Forest as European Champions

18 July 2019

Wilfred Zaha and Cheikhou Kouyate will once again be absent in this friendly match due to their duties in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The two sides will face each other for the first time since December 2012 where the teams drew 2-2 at The City Ground. In this close match, Glenn Murray grabbed a brace for the Eagles, however a volley from Andy Reid on the stroke of half time and an injury time goal from Billy Sharp meant the points were shared equally.

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Despite having only conceded one goal in their first three pre-season friendlies, Nottingham Forest are coming off the back of a 3-0 defeat to Olympiacos in Athens. The Greek side secured victory against Forest with a trio of first half goals. Forest will be looking to bounce back from this defeat in their home stadium.

New manager Sabri Lamouchi will be in charge for Forest after Martin O’Neill was sacked in June. He has previously managed Ivory Coast, El Jaish and Rennes. During his time with Ivory Coast, he managed to successfully secure qualification for the 2014 World Cup and whilst at Rennes, he led them to Europa League qualification for the 2018-2019 season with a 5th place finish.  

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Lamouchi will be looking to improve on Forest’s league position for the upcoming season having missed out on the play-off places last season, finishing 9th. Forest notably managed to comfortably win 3-1 against Premier League side Newcastle in the 2nd round of the League Cup.

Having parted company with Forest at the end of last season, Palace’s recent signing Stephen Henderson may feature between the sticks against his former club where he spent the majority of last season having made 12 appearances for Forest.

First Team

Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson joins Crystal Palace

6 July 2019

Nottingham Forest midfielder, Ben Watson, is also in line to feature against his boyhood club, whom he made 189 appearances and scored 20 goals for between 2003–2009. His first goal came against Millwall in 2004. The 2005/06 season was arguably his most successful at the club where he was one of six nominees for the ‘League Cup New Talent Award’ and he was also named as Palace’s ‘Young Player of the Year’. He famously headed in the winning goal in the 2013 FA Cup Final against Manchester City whilst he was playing for Wigan Athletic.

Forest typically resorted to a 4-4-2 formation last season with Daryl Murphy and Lewis Grabban playing as strikers, however the team often adjust to a 4-3-3 formation with Joe Lolley moving to the right wing position.

One to watch: Joe Lolley

Having contributed to 21 league goals last season with 10 goals and 11 assists, the winger will be a threat going forward. He was crowned Nottingham Forest’s ‘Player of the Year’ and earned himself the club’s ‘Goal of the Season’ for his long-range strike against Aston Villa.

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Match Reports

Report: Palace fall to Forest despite second half onslaught

Nottingham Forest 1 - 0 Crystal Palace

19 July 2019

In a game of wildly differing halves, Crystal Palace lost 1-0 to Championship club Nottingham Forest this evening as Albert Adomah netted for the home side to ensure victory despite a battling offensive onslaught from the Eagles.

Sporting their striking black kit, Palace’s forward charges were as eye-catching as their attire and saw the south Londoners pepper the host’s goal with a collection of tantalising efforts.

Until its first goal, however, the game took time to warm up and initially neither side tested the other too keenly. On balance, Forest looked the dominant of the two but Wayne Hennessey was scarcely troubled between the sticks for his first 20 minutes of action. 

Perhaps tonight’s opening chapter should have read differently, though, as Sabri Lamouchi’s side made simple chances seem challenging and failed to kick-start their account on several clear occasions.

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As Hennessey calmly watched a series of balls whistle tamely and wildly past his woodwork, Lamouchi must have started to wonder whether his side would continue to meet such convertible efforts in vain. 

The host's squandered chances and alarming misfortune were epitomised when winger Joe Lolley blasted uncontrollably high and wide from space on the edge of Palace’s box before, barely a minute later, Alfa Semedo replicated his teammate’s inaccuracy and blazed high from 25 yards under little to no pressure at all. 

Raising both arms in recognition of his ceding possession, the Benfica loanee seemed almost unsurprised by the mis-hit effort.

But Forest weren’t the only side cursing their luck as referee Steve Martin signalled goal-kick after goal-kick. Max Meyer saw Palace’s best chance of the first half go begging when he curled wide of Aro Muric’s left post with Christian Benteke and Jeffrey Schlupp both watching-on through a crowded penalty area.

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Responding to their opponent’s near-miss, however, Forest finally broke the deadlock and struck the target with the intended effect as Adomah reacted fastest to Lewis Grabban’s saved effort and cannoned an effort past Hennessey to atone for his teammates' earlier imprecision.

Toughening their resolve, Palace began to stake their territory further up the pitch and restricted Forest’s prior freedom to roam forward - sending the ball ever more dangerously into the home side’s box only to find the advertising hoardings which glowed behind Muric.

Heading out for the second half, the Eagles still carried their momentum and resumed play as the far superior side. Coming close to levelling the score, Benteke glanced a header into the arms of Muric, sending a warning signal to the north-eastern faithful as he did.

Heeding the threat, Forest responded swiftly and fired their own caution far more aggressively than Benteke had just moments before. Stepping up to launch a free-kick at goal from 20 yards, Tiago Silva unleashed a ball which shuddered off Hennessey’s post with a thud.

Fuelled by how troublingly close Forest came to doubling their lead, Palace fired themselves into action and kick-started an agonising few minutes with a trademark Andros Townsend effort which whipped through the air before being beaten away by a flying Muric.

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The resulting corner produced a spell of Palace pressure which saw Benteke also come close to scoring in trademark fashion as he directed a header at goal which Muric did well to scoop away. Far from safety, the ball then landed at the feet of Scott Dann, who was only denied by the tangle of legs which fought desperately to block his close-range shot. 

Looking to seize the chance to earn his side a deserved leveller, captain Luka Milivojevic launched the rebound at goal from distance but was overzealous in his stab and sent the ball too high.

Next to set the home fans gasping was James McArthur, who found himself uncharacteristically charging through one-on-one only to kiss the far post with his delicate attempt to overcome Muric’s surge forward.

Keeping the pressure firmly pinned on Lamouchi’s charges, Benteke was held from scoring in a series of races forward which kept the Forest backline on full alert. 

As with the hosts in the first half, Palace seemed destined to bury from one of their many efforts, though on this occasion the assaults didn’t lack venom. Frustratingly, however, Hodgson’s men were unable to find the net and staggeringly ended the evening with zero goals to their name.

Forest: Muric, Cash (Darikwa 83), Milosevic (Dawson 63), Worrall, Robinson, Watson, Semedo (Yacob 73), Silva (Ameobi 79), Lolley (Osborn 88), Adomah (Appiah 63), Grabban (Johnson 88).

Subs not used: Steele, Smith, Figueiredo, Ribeiro, Walker. 

Palace: Hennessey, Van Aanholt, Dann, Kelly, Ward, Meyer, Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend, Schlupp, Benteke.

Subs not used: Henderson, Woods, Hobbs, Riedewald, Wickham, Sorloth, Daly.

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