How have Newcastle fared in their last three games against Nottingham Forest?

Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey celebrates scoring the first goal with the Newcastle fans

Newcastle take on Nottingham Forest on Friday as they look to get back on track in the championship.

Rafael Benitez leads his Newcastle side into their Friday night game against Nottingham Forest with the Magpies desperate to get back on track following their shock 1-0 defeat to Blackburn last weekend.

Following that game, they fell to defeat on penalties against Hull City on Tuesday as another loss saw them knocked out of the EFL Cup at the quarter-final stage. 

Of course, their cup run was very impressive and they are still two points clear at the top of the Championship, however, a third loss in a week would see the fans becoming worried with their sudden slump in form and it could also see them lose top spot in the league should Brighton win. Therefore, a win is essential.

Newcastle United manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

With a victory vital, we look at how Newcastle have done in their last three games against Nottingham Forest:

17th October 2009, Championship.

Nottingham Forest 1

Newcastle United 0

The two sides were separated by a Dexter Blackstock strike before half-time as Nottingham Forest made it four wins from four. Blackstock could have had more more too as he saw efforts saved by Steve Harper and hit the post, while the Magpies also hit the woodwork through Marlon Harewood. Blackstock's strike proved to be enough as Forest held on for a big win to strengthen their promotion bid. The win saw Forest move up to seventh place with 19 points, while Newcastle fell down to second place with 24 points following, West Brom's win.

Dexter Blackstock celebrates after scoring the first goal for Nottingham ForestDexter Blackstock celebrates after scoring for Nottingham Forest

29th March 2010, Championship.

Newcastle United 2

Nottingham Forest 0

The return fixture to Nottingham Forest's 1-0 win saw the spoils go to the home side. Newcastle picked up a huge victory as their return to the Premier League came one step closer. It took until the 71st minute however, with Shola Ameobi scoring to give his side the lead, before Jose Enrique blasted home a second in the dying embers of the game. The match itself was hugely entertaining as third placed Forest were looking to make up ground on the Magpies, who were top of the league. In the end, Newcastle were promoted as champions, while Forest were consigned to another season in the Championship.

Newcastle United's Sammy Ameobi (R) and Liverpool's Andre Wisdom in action Sammy Ameobi (R) playing against Liverpool

20th September 2011, League Cup.

Nottingham Forest 3

Newcastle United 4

The then Carling Cup threw up an enthralling fixture as Newcastle beat Forest 4-3 after extra time. Peter Lovenkrands opened the scoring for the visitors before Robbie Findley equalised. Lovenkrands added his second of the night from the spot before Forest once again hit back through Matt Derbyshire. Newcastle took the lead for the third time as Danny Simpson scored in the 93rd minute which was cancelled out by Marcus Tudgay before the Magpies sealed victory in final moments of extra time through a Fabricio Coloccini header. 

Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini Fabricio Coloccini playing for Newcastle 

Their last three games have seen Newcastle edge proceedings 2-1, however, the Championship is such an unpredictable beast that it is impossible to confidently assume which team will take the spoils.

Newcastle have 40 points this season, winning 13 games, while Forest sit in 17th with 22 points and six wins. On paper there is only one winner, however, Newcastle may feel the pressure of their last two games ending in defeat. It could prove to be an incredibly entertaining game.

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