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Barcelona honors Gabriel García Márquez with new library

A €12 million building specializing in Latin American literature is to be named after the Colombian Nobel Prize winner, who lived in the city from 1967 to 1975 (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaIn the digital age, building a new library full of old-fashioned printed books seems idealistic, almost unworldly. City Council is set to open a new €12million (£10million) library next month, the latest installment in a scheme that dates back 20 years. Located in the working-class neighborhood of Sant Martí de Provençals, the library was named in honor of Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez. "Plans for the new library were underway when García Márquez died in 2014, so it was decided to name it in his honor because he and many other Latin American authors had close ties to the city," said Neus Castellano, her chief librarian. "It's a nod to the role that Barcelona played in Latin American literature." García Márquez lived in Barcelona from 1967 to 1975, arriving shortly after the publication of his seminal magical realism novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. He already knew the city through his friend Ramón Vinyes, a Colombian-based Catalan writer and bookseller who served as a model for The Wise Catalan in One Hundred Years of Solitude. However, it was Barcelona literary agent Carmen Balcells who was among the first to recognize the value of the writers of the Latin American “boom” and persuaded Gabo – as García Márquez was affectionately known – to move to the city. She remained his agent until his death, representing other luminaries of Latin American fiction such as Julio Cortázar, Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes and Pablo Neruda. "They called Carmen Balcells 'Mamá,'" Castellano said, because she not only helped them with writing, but also with finding housing or schools for their children. In his book Aquellos Años del Boom (These Boom Years), journalist Xavi Ayén tells how Balcells once asked Gabo what he wanted for his birthday. Vargas Llosa, who later also won the Nobel Prize in Literature, describes disembarking in the old port at the foot of the city's famous La Rambla, accompanied by Julia, his wife who was also - somewhat scandalously - his aunt, and whom he starred in the novel Aunt Julia and the screenwriter immortalized. "I walked up the Rambla," Vargas Llosa later wrote. García Márquez was so proud of his black eye that he decided to have it photographed. García Márquez described Barcelona as “a city I can breathe in”, yet Spain was then as much a dictatorship as many of the countries he and his fellow writers had left behind. Ayén points out that they arrived in Barcelona in a literary world totally opposed to the regime of Francisco Franco and where alternative publishers appeared. “These writers did not participate in the anti-Franco struggle, with the exception of Vargas Llosa, who took part in anti-Franco demonstrations. At the time, he and García Márquez were both leftists, but Gabo did not take part in demonstrations for fear of being deported.” They were involved in revolutionary Latin American politics, particularly Cuba. Due to his political involvement, Vargas Llosa faced censorship problems and had to make changes to his novel La Ciudad y los Perros (The Hero's Time) due to its portrayal of authority figures. "There were just as many reasons to censor García Márquez, but because of his magical realism, the authorities couldn't see them," Ayén said. It will specialize in Latin American literature and will have a collection of 40,000 relevant documents.

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Emma Raducanu suffers from bladder pain as Britain lose to the Czech Republic in the Billie Jean King Cup

Raducanu struggled with a blister on his foot during a 6-1, 6-1 smash from Marketa Vondrousova (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuEmma Raducanu's physical weaknesses struck again as Great Britain suffered a 3-2 defeat by the Czech Republic in the Billie Jean King Cup match in Prague. Raducanu made her debut in the competition on Friday by defeating Tereza Martincova in her first professional game on clay, but struggled with a blister on her right foot on Saturday, losing 6-1, 6-1 to the former runners-up in just 62 minutes French Open, Marketa Vondrousova. That put Czech play-off victory in sight but captain Petr Pala's decision to bring in 16-year-old rookie Linda Fruhvirtova backfired when Harriet Dart beat her 6-0, 5-7 , was beaten 6:2. After going to the tie as significant underdogs, it was an feat in itself for Britain to force a crucial double rubber but Dart and Katie Swan couldn't handle the excitement, losing 1-6, 5-7 to Vondrousova and Karolina Muchova. Vondrousova was superior to all other players in the game, losing just nine games in three games, but it was clear Raducanu was operating at well under 100 percent in their competition, especially after taking a medical time-out at the end of the opening set. The 19-year-old said of the bubble: "It kind of popped up after yesterday's game. We did it but as you saw I couldn't really move or load and now it's just a matter of leveling it up as soon as possible. It's very disappointing when you're out there playing for your country and you feel completely superfluous.” Now facing a race against time to be fit for next week's WTA Tour event in Stuttgart, Raducanu vented her frustration another physical problem too. After starting the season on a comeback after contracting coronavirus, Raducanu struggled with a blister on her hand at the Australian Open, pulled out with a hamstring problem during a game in Mexico and was hampered by a stiff back at Indian Wells. This has happened a number of times now and we need to nip it in the bud. "Of course it's frustrating, but in a twisted way it gives me a sense of confidence and relief that I don't think it's my tennis that's the problem. "I think my level of tennis is pretty good, it's just about being able to repeat it or maintain it and not be hampered by any physical issues. "Once I sort out all of this and keep building my tennis level, I think I'll be able to play good games back-to-back." The Czechs had four top-100 players on their team, although several star names were missing, but around trying to get the tie, Pala chose Fruhvirtova instead, who is undeniably a great talent but hugely inexperienced. Dart immediately imposed her authority on the match by winning the first nine games and appeared to cross at 6-0, 5-2 just to ratchet up nerves. Fruhvirtova won five games in a row to force a deciding set, but Dart rallied to move 5-0 up and looked both pleased and relieved to clinch her country's first singles win. "I definitely think I gave my team a little heart attack," she said. Women's doubles is Britain's weakest area and Tara Moore, her only top 100 player, was not selected for the tie so captain Anne Keothavong opted for Dart and Swan, who had won two gummies together further down the competition. That proved too much of a challenge despite a comeback in the second set as the Czechs, who have been by far the most successful nation in the competition for the past decade, secured their spot in November's finals week. Britain could yet join them if the Lawn Tennis Association's bid to host the event is successful.

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Derby come from behind to deny Fulham promotion

Derby County are coming from behind to keep their Championship survival hopes alive and keep Fulham waiting for promotion. (Author: Gardener)

FulhamDerby County abruptly ended Fulham's promotion to the Premier League as they came from behind to claim a crucial win that kept their own faint hopes of relegation alive. But 19-year-old Luke Plange equalized for the hosts five minutes into the second period, before Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo converted a Tom Lawrence cross into his own net. Realistically, the result is unlikely to change the narrative of the campaign, with Fulham still needing just three points to progress and a single loss in the Rams' last four games means Reading need just one point to defeat Derby to bring down. But ahead of potential new owner Chris Kirchner, the result underscored the fight to remain at a club that should give manager Wayne Rooney some much-needed stability over the next few weeks to build for the future. The first consecutive defeat this season is a huge disappointment for Fulham - and that defeat will hurt because it looked so unlikely for 45 minutes. Carvalho's finish at the end of a one-two with Bobby Decordova-Reid showed why Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring the Portuguese youngster to Liverpool and he would have had two had Ryan Allsop not been an excellent save. Allsop fended off 38-goal Aleksandar Mitrovic with a flying save after half-time and the Serb was disallowed a goal for offside when he pocketed the rebound after Carvalho's shot hit the base of a post. By this point, Derby had equalized as Plange finished a flowing move that also involved local pairing Liam Thompson and Lee Buchanan. The derby winner was somewhat lucky but Plange deserves credit for putting pressure on Tosin. In a frenetic final, Malcolm Ebiowei tested Marek Rodak with a long-range shot before Harrison Reid had to deflect an injury-time shot while Derby defied to secure a memorable triumph. "We knew it was going to be a tough game but I believed we were going to win. Watching Reading score a goal in the last minute (to win at Sheffield United) there were concerns that young Players would watch that and it would sap energy from them." But I had a feeling at half-time that if we had more confidence, we would win. Liam Thompson was great. It was a must, luckily we made it. I can see in the players' eyes, at halftime in a lot of games this season, they look a bit down: "The mentality is what I'm most proud of. It's the hardest thing to teach." But we have to change the away form if we want to have a chance to stay up there. It's going to be a tough game (at QPR) but we have to win." "Our first half was good and in the second half we expected a reaction and it was important for us to control the game and we made a mistake . "We had chances to win. We're at the top of this league for a reason, but we lost our focus. "For the first time this season, back-to-back defeats, it's not a question of focus. We knew what to do with three points would happen. The pressure from Derby is much harder." But if we want to play in the Premier League, we have to deal with pressure."

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Nottingham Forest boss reveals West Brom 'hump' as old Albion boy retires

West Bromwich Albion visit promotion chasers Nottingham Forest on Monday (Author: Gardener)

Nottingham ForestFormer West Brom and Coventry City striker Lee Hughes is finally hanging up his football boots - at the age of 45. The striker, who has scored 99 goals in two spells with Albion, has confirmed his intention to retire this weekend. The veteran center forward made the announcement on the Facebook page of the Stourport Swifts, the 16th club he has played for in a 25-year career in which he has played in all four divisions and plundered more than 350 career goals. However, his game against Haughmond in the Midlands Football League Premier Division will be the last of a rollercoaster career. He wrote: "So tomorrow [Saturday] I have decided to retire from this beautiful game. "My last game is tomorrow at 3pm at Stourport Swifts FC vs Haughmond FC. I scored almost 400 goals and every single one felt incredible... "I had ups and downs, made big mistakes but always tried to correct them, but I loved every minute on the pitch... I played against Tevez, Viera, Henry, Gascoigne, Pirlo and many more and I've met Pele and Gordon Banks but I want to thank everyone who has been there for me throughout my career.” Steve Cooper has demanded a response from his Nottingham Forest players after them slipped to their first defeat in eleven league games in Luton Town on Good Friday. The Reds, who are chasing promotion, meet West Bromwich Albion at the City Ground on Easter Monday and Cooper has sent a message to his players. They had their chances to take something from the game, including a Djed Spence strike which was ruled out for an offside decision which Cooper disputed. But it was the Hatters who clinched the three points to give another twist to the promotion race , and Cooper goes into Monday night's game to urge his players to believe. Cooper told NottinghamLive: "We would eventually lose a game. We had a good run, we were in good form, we played well and we scored goals. I told the players everything I just said, plus we would eventually lose a game - even if we didn't really deserve to lose. I told the players that we showed a lot of good sides of our game and our mentality. “No one wants to lose a game. But we lost a game so we have to show that we can handle it and move on quickly. I told them that if I see a disappointment on the training ground then I really have the hump. West Bromwich Albion gave Steve Bruce plenty to think about as they continued to press until the end and were ultimately rewarded with a 93rd-minute win to defeat Blackpool on Good Friday, writes Matt Abbott. Andy Carroll had put Albion ahead in the first half after finishing a well-crafted move initially instigated by the centre-forward to finish from point-blank range. However, it was just ten minutes before and after half-time for Blackpool to react from a set piece by Marvin Ekpiteta. The hosts responded, but when the extra time board was held up to show three minutes more, an eighth home draw of the season seemed to be counted before Karlan Grant had any other ideas. Here are the talking points as Albion returned to winning ways early in the Easter weekend. Bruce made the bold decision to drop Sam Johnstone from the matchday squad with a view to next season and give David Button a chance to impress between the posts. The 33-year-old did not tarnish his credentials against Blackpool, albeit for the first time since the change in leadership. A former Tottenham Hotspur trainee, Button has not been with one club for more than two seasons since 2016 with Brentford and is now out of contract with Albion in the summer. With tougher testing than yesterday afternoon expected against Nottingham Forest and Coventry City, an opportunity to impress and deserve an extra period beckons. After failing to score in his first seven games as an Albion player, Andy Carroll has now found the net in three of his next six appearances. Since he broke the duck late against Huddersfield Town, goals have followed in this latest homestand to Bournemouth and now Blackpool. This trio adds to the two goals scored with Reading earlier this season and Carroll is currently enjoying his most productive season since the 2016/17 season with West Ham United when seven Premier League goals were scored. More importantly, at an individual level you have to go back to 2012/13 when the centre-forward left Liverpool to find an example of Carroll amassing more minutes this season than he has so far. The 33-year-old rolled back the Blackpool years by being crucial in the build-up to both goals and generally putting others well into play when Albion decided to serve the forward. Whether the nine-cap England international will stay beyond this summer may depend on Bruce's own future in the West Midlands. West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Bruce lamented the big 'what ifs' as results took their course at the top of the table on Good Friday and the play-off race tightened. Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers both lost while Middlesbrough drew, meaning the gap between Albion and the final play-off spot is just five points. Even so, Bruce still believes there is "too much work to do" to miraculously return to the playoff spots in the final four games of the season. Albion meet Nottingham Forest and Coventry City, two sides within seven points in the Championship table, next week. "It's incredible," said Bruce. I think we're too busy but there's a big game on Monday (away at Forest).

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Luton defeated Nottingham Forest to boost their play-off hopes

MATT BARLOW AT KENILWORTH ROAD: Cooper's team lost in the Championship for the first time since January, a run of five straight wins coming to an abrupt end at Kenilworth Road. (Author: Gardener)

LutonBeach balls, balloons and a pea-green air mattress bounced around ahead of kick-off in the away game, but Nottingham Forest's quest for automatic promotion has faltered a little after the Luton defeat. Steve Cooper's team lost in the Championship for the first time since January, a run of five straight wins coming to an abrupt end at Kenilworth Road where Kai Naismith scored the only goal from the penalty spot. They finished the game with 10 men after captain Sonny Bradley was sent off in the 77th minute, but they showed their courage and unity as they persevered. Three points lift them above Forest and they celebrated loudly at the final whistle, with fans dreaming of reaching the Premier League for the first time, still very much alive as the promotion race reaches its final stages. Naismith's goal came from a penalty denied by Forest. James Bree and Jack Colback made their way to Luton's right to pursue a long pass from Bradley out of defense. When Bree attempted to slice inside, he lifted the ball against Colback's right arm. With no VAR in the Championship, the assistant referee was flagged on the spot for an offence, referee James Linnington noticing Forest full-back was just inside the box and pointing to the spot. Forest disputed the decision, claiming Bree handled the ball first, but the replays supported the officials. Bree hit the ball with his left hand, but only after it rebounded off Colback's arm in his direction. Luton's Sonny Bradley conceded a second yellow card 12 minutes from time. Forest's Keinan Davis, who can't bear to waste one of their chances against Luton, waved aside early in the game and Samba saved Fred Onyedinma from close range with a fine leg save in the eighth minute. Forest's best chance of the first half came from Lewis Grabban. Released by a pass from Keinan Davis, Grabban aimed low and was thwarted by James Shea with a strong save to his right. Cooper's side found a better rhythm after the break as Brennan Johnson and Djed Spence became increasingly dangerous on the right. Spence saw a goal ruled out for offside before Philip Zinckernagel missed a glorious chance shortly after coming on. Tempers flared as Forest gained momentum and Luton was reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute when Bradley received a second yellow card, a foul on Sam Surridge. Luton's Glen Rea (left) tackles Nottingham Forest's Sam Surridge at Kenilworth Road. Surridge was clearly offside but Bradley suspected the last touch had come from a Luton player so he blocked his run and took it out. Yellow carded in the first half for a foul on Davis, the Luton captain was sent off and his side braced themselves to withstand more pressure. Zinckernagel hit a post in the 85th minute, a glorious flash of fast feet and a curl shot from the edge of the box, and Shea made another fabulous save to frustrate Johnson in the ensuing scramble.

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Sheffield United 1-2 Reading, Luton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Reading almost guarantees Championship survival as former Premier League club Oldham Athletic look set to leave the Football League (Author: Gardener)

SheffieldChampionship: The Luton Town 10 men took all three points against Forest in a great game of football thanks to a Kal Naismith penalty in the first half. They move up to fourth in the table, a point ahead of their visitors, and have slim hopes of automatic promotion ahead of Bournemouth, who are five points up after three games in hand. Luton Town 1-0 Nottingham Forest: Luton lead in the 81st minute but have just lost their captain Sonny Bradley to a red card. He slammed into Sam Surridge as substitute Forest attempted to slice inwards towards the Luton box and is found to have denied a clear scoring chance. Crystal Palace: Patrick Vieira is set to make a late call to Tyrick Mitchell and Michael Olise ahead of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea. Olise picked up an injury on international duty for France Under-21s last month, while left-back Mitchell had to be substituted in the weekend's defeat at Leicester with a minor calf problem. Both attended training today and Palace medical staff will await further reactions before making a decision. “We had Tyrick and Michael practicing individually on the field yesterday and a little more today,” said Vieira. "Of course we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see a reaction, but they'll only come into the game if they're 100 per cent fit." Palace must already be without midfielder Conor Gallagher, arguably the best player of the season so far cannot play in the game as he is on loan from Chelsea. A reader emailed: "As it's Luton vs Nottingham Forest I thought I'd remind you that it's mandatory to mention the 1959 FA Cup Final between these two teams which Forest won 2-1 ' writes Philip Rebbeck. “The game is best known today because Forest's first goal was scored by Roy Dwight, a cousin of Reg Dwight aka Elton John. Unfortunately he also broke his leg and had to be carried away, which also means Forest are the only team to win the FA Cup final with ten men.” I have to say this is all new to me. Big news: Liam Gallagher has apologized for a now-deleted death threat he made to Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic on Twitter. The former Manchester City defender will almost certainly have been shaking in his boots after the former Oasis frontman and City fan hinted he would kill the "goofy looking [c-word]" if their paths crossed after the game between Atletico and Atlético on Wednesday evening would cross town. "I feel like I let all my fans down with my outlandish behavior. I am a role model for GROWN UPS. I hope you can forgive me.” Savic has yet to comment on the matter but can do so once he's stopped laughing. I'm really upset and upset with myself. I feel like I let all my fans down with my weird behavior. I am a role model for GROWN UPS. I hope you can forgive me for being relegated from the Football League if they lose to Leyton Orient or if their score of two is matched by Barrow, Oldham and Stevenage. Three of the top four in the second tier have six games left, a fact that means no one will be promoted today. Leaders Forest Green would at least be assured of a play-off spot if they beat Barrow and one of the drop points from Northampton, Bristol Rovers and Sutton. It's a great Friday for Football League fans with plenty of action planned for the championship and both divisions below. Luton Town host Nottingham Forest in the earliest of the afternoon's kick-offs at Kenilworth Road and a win for the home side would mean Fulham secure promotion to the Premier League with a win over Derby County at Pride Park tonight. We bring you all the main talking points and goals news on a busy day which has seen Burnley do their part in stealing the headlines by sacking Sean Dyche with just eight games left of the season to clinch their Premier League save status.

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Kal Naismith penalty boosts 10-man hatters top-six hopes

Report and free match highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Luton Town and Nottingham Forest at Kenilworth Road (Author: Gardener)

10Kal Naismith's first-half penalty was enough to end a three-game winless streak for Luton, who beat top-six rivals Nottingham Forest 1-0 to push Fulham to the brink of the Premier League. The Hatters defender tucked a free-kick home after Jack Colback dealt with 10 minutes remaining in the first half in what ended up being the only moment of the game. Nathan Jones' side - who cemented their place in the play-off places with a win - worked up a sweat in the last ten minutes after Sonny Bradley was sent off for a second bookable offence, but the Hatters held on despite Philip Firm on victory Zinkernagel hits the post late for Forest. The result ends a run of five straight wins for Steve Cooper's Forest, who were unable to move within three points of second-placed Bournemouth ahead of their clash with Middlesbrough live on Sky Sports this afternoon. Meanwhile, Forest's defeat means Fulham's return to the Premier League will be stamped if they win in the derby later in the evening at 8pm, with that game also being broadcast live on Sky Sports. After a kick-off delayed by around ten minutes, the game turned bright under the Bedfordshire sun, with chances at both ends. A brilliant ball over Amari'i Bell's head found Fred Onyedinma in the box but Bryce Samba came out well to find the Hatters winger and deflect his shot over the bar. At the other end, Lewis Grabban, brought in via Zinckernagel, had a one-on-one chance saved by Luton's James Shea. The impasse was finally broken with eight minutes to go when James Bree sliced ​​inside only for Colback to dodge just inside the area, with referee James Linington taking his time to point to the spot. And Luton put her penalty penalty behind him on Monday night in Huddersfield when Naismith sent Samba the wrong way to put them ahead. Forest thought they leveled after the break when Spence pinned home under Shea but the flag was flagged for offside. Naismith thought he had doubled Luton's lead but was only able to head over from a corner from the left – while substitute Zinckernagel and midfielder Yates squandered good chances for the hosts to level. A careless moment from Bradley allowed substitute Surridge to charge on goal and the Luton defender could only bring him down - with the Linington official showing him a second yellow card to give him his marching orders. Forest tried to seize the initiative from an extra man and Zinckernagel hit the outside post with a long-range flick, with Shea level with Brennan Johnson on the rebound. Elijah Adebayo, who had a relatively quiet afternoon for Luton, thought he had doubled his side's lead late on as he tried to intercept Samba at his near post, but the Forest keeper was a match for him. Despite enduring eight minutes of added time - and seeing seven of his starting XI pick up bookings - Luton held on to the crucial three points to keep them in the top-six chase - and added a serious blow to Nottingham Forest's automatic chances dent added promotion. “That composed penalty won a really important game for Luton. Luton travels to Cardiff City for a 3pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports Football Red Button, while Nottingham Forest hosts West Bromwich Albion in the late game at 8pm, live on Sky Sports Football: The Hatters finish the season with a host in Blackpool before traveling to leaders Fulham for their final away game of the season. Nathan Jones' side host Reading on the final day of the season.

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Kal Naismith penalty boosts 10-man hatters top-six hopes

Report and free match highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Luton Town and Nottingham Forest at Kenilworth Road when Kal Naismith scored the winning goal for the Hatters from the penalty spot on Good Friday. (Author: Gardener)

10Kal Naismith's first-half penalty was enough to end a three-game winless streak for Luton, who beat top-six rivals Nottingham Forest 1-0 to push Fulham to the brink of the Premier League. The Hatters defender tucked a free-kick home after Jack Colback dealt with 10 minutes remaining in the first half in what ended up being the only moment of the game. Nathan Jones' side - who cemented their place in the play-off places with a win - worked up a sweat in the last ten minutes after Sonny Bradley was sent off for a second bookable offence, but the Hatters held on despite Philip Firm on victory Zinkernagel hits the post late for Forest. The result ends a run of five straight wins for Steve Cooper's Forest, who were unable to move within three points of second-placed Bournemouth ahead of their clash with Middlesbrough live on Sky Sports this afternoon. Meanwhile, Forest's defeat means Fulham's return to the Premier League will be stamped if they win in the derby later in the evening at 8pm, with that game also being broadcast live on Sky Sports. After a kick-off delayed by around ten minutes, the game turned bright under the Bedfordshire sun, with chances at both ends. A brilliant ball over Amari'i Bell's head found Fred Onyedinma in the box but Bryce Samba came out well to find the Hatters winger and deflect his shot over the bar. At the other end, Lewis Grabban, brought in via Zinckernagel, had a one-on-one chance saved by Luton's James Shea. The impasse was finally broken with eight minutes to go when James Bree sliced ​​inside only for Colback to dodge just inside the area, with referee James Linington taking his time to point to the spot. And Luton put her penalty penalty behind him on Monday night in Huddersfield when Naismith sent Samba the wrong way to put them ahead. Forest thought they leveled after the break when Spence pinned home under Shea but the flag was flagged for offside. Naismith thought he had doubled Luton's lead but was only able to head over from a corner from the left – while substitute Zinckernagel and midfielder Yates squandered good chances for the hosts to level. But as tensions flared up between the top six rivals in the second half, it wasn't long before a spate of yellow cards resulted in the team being sent off. A careless moment from Bradley allowed substitute Surridge to charge on goal and the Luton defender could only bring him down - with the Linington official showing him a second yellow card to give him his marching orders. Forest tried to seize the initiative from an extra man and Zinckernagel hit the outside post with a long-range flick, with Shea level with Brennan Johnson on the rebound. Elijah Adebayo, who had a relatively quiet afternoon for Luton, thought he had doubled his side's lead late on as he tried to intercept Samba at his near post, but the Forest keeper was a match for him. Despite enduring eight minutes of added time - and seeing seven of his starting XI pick up bookings - Luton held on to the crucial three points to keep them in the top-six chase - and added a serious blow to Nottingham Forest's automatic chances dent added promotion. “That composed penalty won a really important game for Luton. In the first half I thought we were outstanding – really, really good.” Sheasy (James Shea) made a good save, hitting the post. Two of the standout youngsters in the league that year were Brennan Johnson and Djed Spence and we faced Amari'i Bell and (Fred) Onyedinma. "I felt they were exceptional today so I thought tactically we were brilliant, we came up against a top top team and managed to get the win." Nottingham Forest's Steve Cooper: "We could have played better than we did in the first half, we played well enough in the second half to get at least a draw but we didn't make it so we have to move on." It is the first time we played in hot weather for a while, it seemed like a long game with the minutes played. It was very unlikely that we would continue until the end of the season and not be beaten. Realistically it's about getting ready for West Brom (on Easter Monday) and we have two more games left than anyone else. Games are coming fast for the two sides and both sides are back in action on Easter Monday. Luton travels to Cardiff City for a toast live on Sky Sports Football Red Button at 3pm, while Nottingham Forest host West Bromwich Albion in the late game at 8pm, live on Sky Sports Football. The Hatters end the season by hosting Blackpool before traveling to leaders Fulham for their last away game of the season. Nathan Jones' side host Reading on the final day of the season. Forest head to lower Peterborough after the Easter weekend before heading to Fulham themselves. Steve Cooper then welcomes his former side Swansea to the City Ground before ending the season with away games to Bournemouth and Hull City.

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Player ratings between Luton Town and Nottingham Forest

Latest Nottingham Forest news from Nottinghamshire Live as the Reds lose 1-0 at Luton Town (Author: Gardener)

Nottingham ForestNottingham Forest's Championship run ended with a 1-0 loss at Luton Town. A controversial penalty was the difference between the two sides at Kenilworth Road. It ended a five-game winning streak and a ten-game unbeaten run in the league for Steve Cooper's side. The visitors were busy going into the break a goal down after a nervous start. It was a flat first half for the Reds who looked far from their usual selves. Read more: Forest boss Cooper names his team for Luton Brice Samba had to make a big save in the first 10 minutes to deny Fred Onyedinma. And before that, there had been a tense moment for Tobias Figueiredo when he was twice disowned in the penalty area. Forest eventually started to work their way into the game but they were unable to make a breakthrough as Lewis Grabban was thwarted by Keinan Davis after a good job and then fired another shot at goal. The Hatters then took the lead with a penalty after 37 minutes. Jack Colback was judged to block a James Bree cross and Kal Naismith coolly used the resulting penalty. The Reds started the second half better. Djed Spence had the ball in the net but was flagged for offside, while Philip Zinckernagel headed straight at the keeper shortly after coming on. Luton went down to 10 men with just under 10 minutes to go. Sonny Bradley was sent off for a second bookable offence. Forest tried to take advantage, with Zinkernagel hitting the post and Brennan Johnson parrying a try. But even though they pushed to the end, there was no getting through. This is how Reds reporter Sarah Clapson rated the Forest players at Kenilworth Road. Brice Samba: Made a big save early on but had little chance with the controversial penalty. Passing range wasn't quite up to his usual standard, although he wasn't the only one to suffer on that front. Joe Worrall: A tough day all round as Forest put in hard work and Luton gave them little rest. Seemed shaky early on but got better after the break. Tobias Figueiredo: Very nervous in the early minutes, where a couple of slips cost almost dearly. Scott McKenna: The defense didn't have an easy afternoon as Luton looked sharp. Made way in the second half when the manager changed the formation to get something out of the game. Djed Spence: Didn't have too many chances to test opponents with his pace but looked like he could do something when he did - including a seemingly marginal offside when he had the ball in the net. Ryan Yates: Really had to fight in the middle of the pitch which was quite a dogfight at times as the Reds lacked their usual fluidity. Could have done a little better with a chance in the second half. James Garner: Didn't always have his usual composure on the ball as the Hatters were quick to press at every opportunity. But a better second half. Jack Colback: Will feel difficult about the penalty decision as he was so close to blocking the cross. The Reds have made many controversial decisions this season and this was a different one. Brennan Johnson: Struggled to really get into the game as Luton did a good job of wiping out Forest's usual right flank threat. Lewis Grabban: Had a couple of chances in the first half - with a strong save - and helped get the second half off to a better start. However, it was an all-around incoherent performance from Forest. Keinan Davis: Looked frustrated at times when visitors were struggling to get going. Didn't get much help from the referee amid a bloody encounter with Luton's back line. Philip Zinckernagel (for McKenna, 66th min.): It could have been on the top scorer list twice. Saved a header and then hit the post. Forest looked better for the change, however. Sam Surridge (for Grabban, 75 mins): Bright enough, but he didn't really get a glimpse to salvage anything from the game. Joe Lolley (for Colback, 81 mins): Had some threatening moments, just couldn't get the opening to make a difference. Rating: 6/10

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Why Forest is happy with Clough's legacy and pushing for the PL

Close observers of the two-time European champions say Forest's success on the pitch has been a long time coming and a rejuvenating fanbase is a key part of the transformation. (Author: Gardener)

CloughPlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Nottingham Forest's late gallop to automatic Premier League re-promotion is a remarkable about-face for a club that hit the bottom of the league in September and have not played in the top flight since 1999. The Reds are 11 games unbeaten and are comfortably in form as a second division team, with 27 points from a possible 33, as they travel to top-six rivals Luton on Friday. Forest's revival this season began with the appointment of Steve Cooper in the fall, following the sacking of Chris Hughton and six losses in seven games. Cooper changed the formation, restored a positive attitude and immediately absorbed the club's illustrious history. However, close observers of the two-time European champions say that success on the pitch was long in the making and a rejuvenation of the fan base is a key part of the transformation. The current squad is built around home-grown academy talent and veteran players, there's a new unity within the club, a firmer connection to the city than has been seen in years, and the Forza Garibaldi fan group has worked tirelessly to create a positive vibe at the stadium , which now bounces off at every home game. Also, Forest - the club and the fans - can finally come to terms with their illustrious past under Brian Clough. All of this helps create a solid stage for players to perform freely. Nottingham Forest striker Keinan Davis celebrates the Reds' 2-0 win over Birmingham City. "I've never seen Forest play in the Premier League in person," Forza Garibaldi member Matt Jones told Sportsmail. "Personally, I understand [past success] as such an amazing story. It's the history of the club and something to aspire to. We're a town of misfits, that's what we do.” The “underdog story” is a useful narrative for any team outside of football's elite. In Forest's case, it's far healthier than the fallen giant alternative, and it also suits Nottingham well. Nottingham is a self-proclaimed rebel city that declared itself a parliament in the English Civil War, championed women's suffrage and started the Luddite movement and was home to anti-establishment figures DH Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe and even Brian Clough himself. New generations of fans see Forest as an underdog again and dream of rising to the top league [past] as an expectation, they see it as an aspiration," Jones added. "Players have an opportunity to create their own story." And the Forza movement is doing everything it can to encourage them. The group began in the dark days of 2015 under the chaotic ownership of Fawaz Al-Hasawi. The fledgling movement introduced flags and banners and sought to orchestrate more vocal support in the Lower Bridgford stands. All of that is still part of the mix, but Forza has grown into one of the most innovative and ambitious fan groups in the country. Steve Cooper was instrumental in Forest's responsibility for promotion to the Premier League. They are now famous for their 'displays' celebrating not only the team but the club's and city's heritage, including the rebel theme which appeared on a giant banner over the Trent End of the City ground in 2019. Steve Cooper has helped form a talented and dedicated team on the City Ground. His record since taking office speaks for itself - 31 league games, 18 wins, nine draws, just four defeats. 63 points and a move up from 24th to last place. Cooper, who led England U17s to World Cup success in 2017 and later became manager at Swansea, is known for his young player development performance by Brennan Johnson, the 20-year-old Forest Academy graduate who has scored 15 goals this season and seven more has prepared. James Garner, the 21-year-old defensive midfielder on loan from Manchester United, and Djed Spence, also 21 and on loan from Middlesbrough, have excelled under Cooper's leadership. The average age of Forest's team this season was 25.2, the sixth lowest in the championship, and Cooper has helped them thrive. Forza tries to place the club in the context of its history and heritage and fix it in its place, thereby deepening the bond with fans. So following the team means more than the next result. Jones is quick to admit that everything looks great when the team wins, but Forza worked hard when there was little to celebrate, and it's certainly paying off now. was important in building support. "If you look at the trend since the new owners moved in, it's only been positive," said Jones, who accepts there have been some "missteps" in terms of executive and managerial appointments and missed opportunities in the transfer window. "They've done more for the city, more to build the club's reputation and people believe in that," added Jones. "We all want to be proud of the club." There is pride from a community perspective. People felt better about the club. "Obviously this season started off with a lot of grumbling but they made some brave decisions - they chose Steve Cooper." Everything seems better connected now. 'In the past, Forest struggled to develop a first-team identity that allowed young players to easily transition into the senior team, which is not surprising when the club erupts 14 bosses in a single decade. Perhaps some of the brightest prospects, like Matty Cash, who joined Aston Villa in 2020 for around £16million, have moved on too quickly. Local hero Joe Worrall congratulates Scott McKenna (left) after scoring against Birmingham. Nottingham Forest has changed this season and the City Ground is springing up. The club have also been guilty of signing big-money players in a desperate bid for quick success. But now there is a strong local identity everywhere. It includes three established homegrown talents in the first team, in Joe Worrall, Brennan Johnson and Ryan Yates, while the Under-23s are fifth in Premier League Two, Division Two. The Under-18s are in the final of the FA Youth Cup, where they will face Manchester United. At youth level, local talent play so well represented that they play against locals and non-locals in training based on Nottingham postcodes.In addition to those born and raised in and around Nottingham there is a group of experienced players including Years of service, Joe Lolley, Lewis Grabban and Jack Colback make the Forest feel at home with the team and fans together and nobody does it better than Worrall. The centre-back has proven himself in the local youth leagues, playing for Hucknall Sports FC, for whom he is still a vocal club ambassador. Forest U18s ousted Chelsea U18s from the FA Youth Cup and reached the final against Man United. He has spent hours handing out trophies to local youth at awards shows for the leagues he used to compete in. "He was an outstanding midfielder at Hucknall," club chairman Alan Spray told Sportsmail with apparent pride. "He always had the attributes of an absolute footballer. Worrall played in local junior leagues before joining Forest Academy aged 14. When he was sent off against Stoke in February, it was Worrall who donned the gloves. And after the 2-2 draw, he was quick to tweet a picture of himself in the Reds' goal, along with another of him as a childhood goalkeeper. And Worrall knows exactly what it means to be a Forest fan because he is one. The picture on his Twitter profile shows a young Joe with clough. He really feels the new connection to the fans. He spoke of his gratitude to the fans following Forest's heroic and narrow 1-0 defeat by Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-finals. "The best atmosphere I've ever experienced at City Ground, I had goosebumps the whole game," he tweeted afterwards, along with a collection of fan pics. "Hopefully the support of the fans and the love you have shown us players during difficult times this season will be repaid." Worrall thanked fans for standing by Forest and the players during "tough times". Since then, the defender has been leading the association's appeal to support the people of Ukraine. "I watch him and he's still the same, he's humble yet full of confidence," said affectionately Spray, who took time away from football schools and youth games to watch Forest beat Birmingham City to 2 at City Ground last weekend : 0 defeated .'It was absolutely phenomenal. To think he's a local boy leading his team and there he was in front of 29,000 people. “If you look at where they've been at the bottom of the league to get to where they are now, it's absolutely fantastic. It's incredible. “It helps to have local guys in the middle. Joe cares about the club. His mother, father and grandfather took him to the City Ground when he was a young supporter. He will do anything for the club.” “There's a real bond between club, coach, players and fans this season that hasn't been seen in a long time, it's fantastic to see and long may it continue.” Forest wins over Birmingham built his unbeaten run in the Championship to 11 games from Spray, 75, went to his first game when he was 12 and he recalls the team's FA Cup triumph in 1959 as the Reds defeated today's opponent Luton 2-1 in the final. He lived through the exciting days of winning the First Division title in 1978, European Cup victories in 1979 and 1980 and League Cup victories in 1989 and 1990. In the 1990s Forest found it increasingly difficult to stay in the Premier League and have not been in since 1999 the top division occurred. And like all Forest fans, Spray watched his club's struggles for many of the years that followed. However, like his young colleagues at Forza Garibaldi, Spray believes Forest is ready to start a new chapter. "I don't think people will ever forget what Brian Clough did here," Spray said. "The story that was written. If they make it to the Premier League it will be fantastic. I hope they do, I really do." One of the most innovative fan groups in English football, Forza Garibaldi has helped revitalize support for the Reds and has evolved into a "campaign to bring more support to the team to offer". The name refers to the strip's Garibaldi red - Forest is believed to be the first club to adopt the color in the 19th century. As well as organizing meetings and events for fans around the games, the group also assists behind large displays home games. They have featured depictions of Nottingham's 'Rebel' icons, the famous Trent Bridge walk to the City Ground and the mythical 'Forest Kingdom'. "It's great to be a part of this journey," said Matt Jones, a Forza Garibaldi volunteer , opposite Sportsmail. "For it to be so well received is incredibly humbling for the reactions we're getting. “We are a very proud football club. We are very proud of the experience of the fans on site. It's by the fans, for the fans, and we love doing it.” The entire project is funded by donations and support from local companies like Eco Print, who help produce the banners. "It's the support of the fans and the Forest community that makes this possible," Jones added. “It brings us to tears when we see fans putting their hard-earned money to use.” Forza Garibaldi is a volunteer organization. Visit their website to learn how you can support them.

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