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Preview: Nott'm Forest

18 September 2012

Having been taken over by the Al-Haswai family during the summer who oversaw the appointment of Sean O'Driscoll as manager, Nottingham Forest has been transformed from relegation candidates to promotion contenders seemingly overnight.

The Reds are unbeaten in their opening five Championship matches so far this season, and currently sit in sixth position, with a much-improved squad thanks to a number of shrewd signings, including Republic of Ireland international Simon Cox from West Brom and highly-rated Henri Lansbury from Arsenal.

They battled back from a 2-0 half-time deficit against Birmingham City on Saturday to snatch a draw, but they have failed to keep a clean sheet since their opening day win against Bristol City.

Crystal Palace: Skipper Paddy McCarthy is still out of action with a groin problem, whilst David Goodwillie looks for his first Eagles start since signing on deadline day.

Nottingham Forest: The Reds' only concern on the injury front is striker Cox who picked up a foot injury on international duty last week. He came off the bench to score a superb goal in the draw with Birmingham, and is hopeful of being fit enough to start tonight.

Referee: Ian Williamson
Assistants: Ian Cooper and William Ball
Fourth Official: Ryan T Aitkin

Category B prices apply for this game
Main Stand 
Adults  £30.00  
Concessions and Students £20.00 
Under 18s  £15.00 
Lower Holmesdale 
Adults  £22.00 
Concessions and Students £15.00 
Under 18s  £15.00 
Upper Holmesdale 
Adults  £25.00 
Concessions and Students £15.00 
Under 18s  £15.00 
Adults  £30.00 
Concessions and Students £20.00
Croydon Adv & Fam J 
Adults  £20.00 
Concessions and Students £15.00 
Under 18s  £10.00 
Arthur Wait 
Adults  £26.00 
Concessions and Students £15.00 
Under 18s  £15.00 
Tickets are available online to all customers although a booking fee of £1.25 will be charged to all non-season ticket holders and non-members for these games.

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD (home and away)
Palace winsDrawsForest wins
FA Cup321
League Cup033


When the club reached Division Two for the first time back in 1921 Forest were the visitors to our previous ground at The Nest for the opening fixture on 27th August. That game ended in a 4-1 victory for Palace and still stands as our best result over them.

The clubs would not meet in the league again until the 1949/50 season and then at the lower level of Division Three South as Palace earned a 1-1 draw in April 1950, but then in January 1951 suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat at the hands of Forest that still ranks as one of our worst performances on home soil.

For the majority of the next 40 years the clubs have been regular opponents in league competition which up to 1995 had been mostly contested in Division One/Premier League. Those ten home games in the top flight produced three victories, two defeats and five draws and the fixture at Selhurst Park on 28th August 1971 included a contentious incident when the referee initially awarded Palace a goal when a shot had hit the side netting and stanchion on the outside before rebounding back into play. There were several minutes delay that was ended when the ref asked Palace’s captain Steve Kember his opinion and our skipper gave the honest reply that it was no goal. When Palace were riding high in Division One in December 1979 Ian Walsh’s winning goal had been fumbled into the net by England keeper Peter Shilton.

On 28th August 2000 the Eagles were 0-3 down at half time but right at the end of the game had clawed two goals back when the Forest goalkeeper Dave Beasant was adjudged to have fouled Fan Zhiyi in the penalty area and was sent off. Julian Gray netted the resulting penalty kick but it had to be retaken due to encroachment and his second effort was saved by the rookie custodian. Palace's last home victory came in December 2003 when Andy Johnson netted the only goal of the game.

It was all change in the Palace line-up when Forest last came to Selhurst Park earlier this year on 31st March. Due to injuries Dean Moxey partnered Paddy McCarthy in the heart of the defence while there were recalls for Sean Scannell, Jonathan Parr, Owen Garvan and Glenn Murray. Forest were just above the relegation zone while Palace fans hoped the team would push on from their 54 points with seven games left in the season. However Forest inflicted our second successive 0-3 defeat by them at Selhurst Park with three second half goals from Majewski while all the Eagles could offer was a first half effort from Owen Garvan that was just wide and seven minutes from time substitute Jermaine Easter had a goal disallowed for offside and then saw a shot hit a post.

There have been two memorable FA Cup ties between the clubs, the first of these being a Fifth Round tie in February 1965 that attracted a then-record crowd of 41,667 to Selhurst Park to see Palace triumph 3-1 with goals from David Burnside, Peter Burridge and Cliff Holton. Then on a freezing Sunday in January 1987 in the Third Round, Alan Irvine kept his feet on the treacherous surface to net the only goal of the time just before a heavy snowfall came down that evening.

There have been three League Cup ties contested at Selhurst Park between 1986 and 1992, all of them finishing in draws that required replays which ended Palace’s interest in that competition.

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