Nottingham Forest 0-0 Newcastle LIVE: Crossbar spares Renan Lodi’s blushes as Magpies make a flying start… with Joe Willock missing a HUGE chance early on in crucial clash
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26′ – A terrible error from Newcastle!
Botman passes the ball back towards Pope and doesn’t see Dennis coming across from the left-hand side.
The forward picks up the ball, takes it around the goalkeeper and coolly slots his effort into the Magpies’ net with a sublime chip.
22′ – Paul Tierney causes a chorus of boos around the City Ground as he blows up while Forest launch a counter-attack, penalising Dennis for a challenge on Trippier.
The referee becomes even more unpopular as he books the forward after the tackle.
20′ – Forest carve out a fruitful period of possession and find Aurier in a promising position on the right flank, but the full-back overhits his cross and hands Newcastle a goal kick.
18′ – Johnson cuts inside on to his left foot from the right flank and drills a long-distance effort down the throat of Pope.
15′ – Guimaraes and Willock are linking up well and keeping Newcastle deep in Forest territory at the moment.
The home side are doing well to hold off wave after wave of attack from Newcastle, but the visitors are looking very lively.
12′ – Clever free-kick from Newcastle nearly pays off!
Trippier threads the ball under the wall towards Isak, who fires an effort on goal inside the penalty box, but his shot ricochets off Aurier and Lodi before striking the crossbar.
Forest survive by the barest of margins!
9′ – Yates and Willock are already clashing in midfield, as the Forest man chops the Newcastle star down early on.
Moments later, Yates charges at Willock to barge him off the pitch and win a throw, and there’s a bit of afters as the pair push each other on the touchline.
Passionate start from the midfielders.
6′ – Trippier releases Murphy on the right flank and the winger drills a ball into the area in the direction of Willock.
The ball falls to the midfielder’s left foot and he flashes his effort high and wide, squandering the opportunity.
Newcastle have got to start burying these sorts of chances…
5′ – Schar gets back to his feet in the hope of returning but is obviously still in considerable pain following Ayew’s tackle.
It looks like he’s going to continue for now…
3′ – Ayew makes a rash challenge from behind on Schar and is somewhat fortunate to evade a booking. The Swiss centre-back stays down as the referee blows for a stoppage in play.
2′ – Trippier and Guimaraes link up well early on and Shelvey gets stuck in early, chopping down the Brazilian and giving away a free-kick on the halfway line.
Johnson gets things underway for Nottingham Forest at the City Ground
Both teams take to the City Ground stage ready to lock horns. Who will prevail tonight?
Just five minutes until we get underway in Nottingham. Stay tuned!
Preparations. 💪#NFONEW pic.twitter.com/LIcsEqF2c7
Not long now until kick-off at the City Ground!
Getting warm 💨 pic.twitter.com/koCeXTLKta
Another former Newcastle man, Chris Wood spoke to Sky Sports ahead of kick-off, praising the togetherness of the Forest dressing room upon his arrival.
He can’t play tonight because he initially left on loan to the City Ground – even though now he has sealed his permanent move ahead of next season.
Here’s what the striker had to say…
🗣 "I think the main thing is the dressing room."
Chris Wood praises the togetherness of the Nottingham Forest squad and believes that could be the key to survival pic.twitter.com/hF4EioD58f
Nottingham Forest could already be down were it not for their incredible successes at home. 77% of their points this season have come at the City Ground.
Steve Cooper’s side really are a different beast with the home crowd behind them.
Home comforts. 🌳#BBCFootball #NFONEW pic.twitter.com/JBQk3MO0Nx
Newcastle will have to beat Nottingham Forest tonight without their top scorer this season, with the winger set for three weeks on the sidelines.
He picked up an injury during Newcastle training, Paraguay manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto has revealed.
Read Sportsmail’s full story below for more.
Here’s what the midfielder had to say ahead of kick-off…
He’s expecting a high press from his old club in the engine room.
🗣 "I've tried to give my input to the best of my ability."
Jonjo Shelvey admits to giving an insight into what he knows of Newcastle 👀 pic.twitter.com/YKq9SgpIxF
It’s no doubt a massive occasion for Jonjo Shelvey, who faces off against his old club Newcastle for the first time since leaving St James’ Park in January.
He made 186 appearances during his seven-year spell at Newcastle and was integral during the club’s tricky years under Mike Ashley, emerging a favourite amongst many fans.
Let’s see what sort of reception he gets tonight from the visiting supporters…
Brennan Johnson is fit enough to start for Nottingham Forest, while Eddie Howe names an unchanged team following Newcastle’s win over Wolves.
An unchanged starting XI. 👊
HOWAY NEWCASTLE! ⚫️⚪️ pic.twitter.com/nwScOBMezO
🔁 Four changes from #TOTNFO.
💪 Moussa returns to the XI.
👊 Brennan's fit to start.
Introducing your #NFFC side to face @NUFC.
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With the international break looming, tonight’s clash could have a huge impact on the fate of these clubs by the end of May. A win could set the tone for a solid final third of the campaign.
Who’s taking the points tonight? Lineups next!
Checking in at the City Ground 💫 pic.twitter.com/SNXsEcrJ15
Evening, @NavasKeylor 👋🇨🇷 pic.twitter.com/vqW9Qz7iRB
Newcastle returned to winning ways last weekend with a 2-1 win over Wolves, bouncing back after three successive defeats to Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.
The Magpies endured the upset of a Carabao Cup final defeat during that run but will hope the disappointment is now behind them, as Eddie Howe focuses on launching them into Europe next season.
Newcastle have two games in hand over Tottenham, who are four points ahead of them in fourth, and a two point buffer over Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest are one of nine teams faced with the threat of relegation, although Steve Cooper has done well to steer his club out of immediate danger thus far.
Forest have a two-point cushion above the relegation zone and have picked up most of their points at home this season, unbeaten in the league at the City Ground in their last nine matches.
The City Ground 📍 pic.twitter.com/XLibKmSAdK
The Premier League has returned after the thrills and spills of European action this week, which saw Manchester City thump seven past RB Leipzig in the Champions League and Arsenal crash out of the Europa League on penalties.
The European dream is still very much alive for Eddie Howe’s side next season, although there is little room for error with Tottenham and Liverpool both firmly in the race for fourth spot.
Newcastle can go within a point of Tottenham with a win, while Nottingham Forest can jump five points clear of the relegation zone with victory.
With plenty on the line, Sportsmail is here to bring you all the latest build-up and match coverage throughout the Premier League clash. Stay tuned!
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