B Assombalonga (42),B Brereton (90+3)
J Kodjia (19),J Grealish ( 78)
N Forest vs A Villa
Sky Bet Ch'ship
5:30pm Saturday 4th February
The City Ground
WATCH: BRERETON VOLLEYS WINNER
N FOREST 2-1 A VILLA
Kodjia and Assombalonga had grabbed a goal apiece to level the tie up heading into the final minutes before Brereton volleyed his first senior goal past Johnstone to give Forest all three points.
GOAL! N FOREST 2-1 A VILLA (Brereton, 90+3)
Assombalonga heads it on and Brereton is there to volley it in via the post! What a moment for the Forest academy graduate! Remember the name...
N FOREST 1-1 A VILLA
90+1: Brereton has a shot blocked. He looks hungry, this youngster...
89: Forest coming forward and win a last minute corner...cleared. Villa defending in numbers as four added minutes are shown.
87: Clough's debut is also over as Carayol comes on in his place. Plenty of time left for someone to be a hero here...
86: High foot from Adomah on Lam, but nothing given by the referee.
85: Final change for Steve Bruce, Lansbury is withdrawn in place of Green.
83: Scott Hogan's debut is over as Adomah comes on to replace him.
WATCH: GREALISH SENT OFF
81: Change for Villa here as Kodjia is replaced by Bacuna.
RED CARD! N FOREST 1-1 A VILLA
78: He received a silly first half booking and now, after a trip on Lichaj, Jack Grealish is off!
77: Ward is replaced by Lam for Forest to see out the final stages of the game.
75: Patient build-up from Villa and they win a corner after Bree's shot is charged down.
74: It's all Forest here and you'd think another goal was coming for all the possession they've had, but no. They just can't quite penetrate the Villa back line..
70: Matty Cash is replaced by Ben Brereton for the first change of the game. One Academy graduate for another...
69: WHAT A SAVE! Chester meets Lansbury's free-kick from close range and forces a splendid save from Henderson to tip it wide!
67: Still no changes as we approach the final 20 minutes of this encounter...
66: Two Villa corners, the second of which is met by Elphick and subsequently blasted high and wide.
64: Kodjia looking dazed on the floor as he receives Osborn's clearance square in the face. He's receiving treatment and we have a short stoppage here.
63: At the heart of it once again, Assombalonga plays a one-two with Cash before hitting a shot. But he's off balance and it's in Row Z by the looks of it...
62: Forest keeping the ball at the moment, passing around the back line and then, in an instant, through to Assombalonga. He's outmuscled by various Villa bodies as he gets a shot away.
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58: CLOSE! Hogan close to opening his Villa account on his debut there, as he latches onto Kodjia's header and tries a low shot. It forces a smart save from Henderson, but we are already seeing the promise this striker holds.
55: Forest look a lot more confident this half and are on the attack once again as Ward crosses from Lichaj's pass. Mancienne providing a good out-ball and the home side are still having the possession, but they are certainly lacking chances in the final third.
Britt Assombalonga returned from half-time with an interesting new look...calves too big for the socks?
51: A confident Kodjia tries another shot from distance and earns a corner. Nothing comes from it though...
49: At the other end, Villa hava free-kick in the right corner, but Mancienne heads away in to the path of Grealish. He sends in a cross of his own from the opposite wing, but it's behind for a goal kick.
48: Handball cries from around the stadium as Elphick gets in the way of Osborn's shot...
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY
It looks like this could be a cracker of a second half, no changes for either side as we get back underway...
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WATCH: ASSOMBALONGA'S EQUALISER
Kodjia's cool finish gave Villa the lead, but Assombalonga has just pulled Forest back into the game after Johnstone spilled Ward's shot.
45+1: Forest look threatening now and earn a corner through Bjarnason. Hogan goes into the book first, though as he refuses to retreat to the required 10 yards.
GOAL! N FOREST 1-1 A VILLA (Assombalonga, 42)
Forest have a goal to match their possession! Ward hits a shot from outside the box, Johnstone spills it into the path of Assombalonga who knocks it over the line from close range. What a time to score...
N FOREST 0-1 A VILLA
41: More Forest possession, but nothing to show for it so far. As Villa attack, Kodjia tries from range, but Henderson stretches to palm it away from goal.
39: Cash goes into the book as he brings down Bjarnason chasing a loose ball. Clearly no intention there, but it warrants a booking.
36: Forest free-kick now after Clough was crowded out on the edge. He stands over it 22 yards out, but it's got too much curl and heads wide past Johnstone's post.
34: Almost a second for Villa from a gift by Henderson! Lansbury's free-kick looks like an easy claim for Henderson but he spilled into the path of Elphick who wins a corner. The centre-back meets the resulting set-piece but it's straight into the welcome hands of the Forest stopper this time.
32: First booking of the game as Grealish kicks the ball away after Bjarnason pulls Lichaj down...
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30: Mancienne attempts to break up a Villa counter, times his challenge to perfection and Forest are on the attack once again. They've turned it up since the goal, but Osborn wastes a chance as he slips as he takes a shot from range.
28: First real threat from Forest and it comes through Ward. Lansbury loses possession and Ward picks it up, but he rushes his shot and arrows it well wide of the framework. For all their possession they are behind, but they have a corner...that is picked out easily by Johnstone.
He quickly releases the ball and Hourihane finds himself free on the right, before squaring for Grealish. But the midfielder bizarrely lets the ball run through his legs and away for a throw...
WATCH: KODJIA CURLS VILLA IN FRONT
23: Villa sitting back to soak up some pressure and are almost punished as Ward lays a nice cross into the path of Assombalonga. Just a tad too far in front, though.
GOAL! N FOREST 0-1 A VILLA (Kodjia, 19)
A deserved opener from the visitors and it's a cool finish from Kodjia. Nicely created by Grealish who plays the ball in for Kodjia who curls home from inside the area.
N FOREST 0-0 A VILLA
18: Clough's free-kick comes in and Assombalonga is on the ground. Referee blows but he's fouled Lansbury.
17: Villa counter and Lansbury tries to create an opening against his former club; he finds Kodjia but Forest crowd him out. Moments later, Scott Hogan tries a mazy run into the box - uncharacteristic, but necessary given his lack of options - but he's tackled before he can connect..
14: Assombalonga beats the offside trap on the right and tries to cut into the box. He's crowded out and passes to Lichaj who crosses for Clough, but Clough goes down under the challenge of Chester. No penalty and good defending from the Villa skipper.
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