Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi won his first point as a Championship manager after his side fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at Leeds United

Pablo Hernandez scored to give Leeds the lead in the 59th minute but a Lewis Grabban strike 13 minutes from time ensured parity for Lamouchi’s team.

It was a decent away point for Forest who were forced to defend for large parts of the contest.

Here, Seat Pitch casts an eye over a battling performance on the road and rates Lamouchi’s charges out of 10.

Aro Muric – 6

The on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper still looks somewhat erratic and nervy in coming away from his line. Will need to adapt to the Championship quickly and was fortunate not to cost Forest a goal at Elland Road.

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Matty Cash – 7

A much better performance defensively from Cash. He was strong throughout and ensured a frustrating afternoon for Jack Harrison on the left-wing.

Michael Dawson – 7

His legs might not be what they were five years ago but the art of defending isn’t lost on the Forest captain. This was an impressive performance from Dawson and suggested that he might be a big player for the Reds this season.

Joe Worrall – 6

Endured a torrid time up against Bamford in the first-half but did get better as the game went on. Both Worrall and Dawson coped impeccably well with their aerial duties in West Yorkshire.

Jack Robinson – 5

Not the best afternoon for the Forest left-back. Robinson was tied in knots by Pablo Hernandez who gave him the runaround for large parts of this contest. Was perhaps fortunate not to give away a late penalty.

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Alfa Semedo – 8

The Championship’s very own Paul Pogba. Drove forward with purpose and protected the back four with aplomb. Gave a rousing rallying cry early doors after producing a sensational last-ditch tackle to deny Adam Forshaw.

Ben Watson – 6

Kept things neat and tidy before being withdrawn later on to freshen things up. Could have a part to play in the squad this season but may not be a regular starter once Lamouchi settles on his best eleven.

Albert Adomah – 5

Not the best afternoon for Forest’s summer signing. Tried hard but spent the majority of the first period covering at the back rather than menacing forwards.

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Tiago Silva – 6

The little Portuguese player is going through a similar phase that Joao Carvalho went through last season. Looks sound in possession of the ball and just need to adapt to the physicality of the division.

Joe Lolley – 6

Like Admoah, Lolley spent the majority of the first half defending his own goal. He took a whack early on and that seemed to have an impact on his confidence. Still, Forest’s most important player but just needs to get a goal.

Lewis Grabban – 7

In a week where Kenny Burns said that Grabban should be sold, the Forest frontman ensured he had the last laugh. His scrappy but poacher-like goal gave the Reds a priceless point and rammed Burns’ words firmly down his throat.

 

Substitutes

Samba Sow (Tiago Silva, 57) – 6

Looks a big and strong unit and will probably replace Watson in the team as the season progresses.

Sammy Ameobi (Albert Adomah, 64) – 7

Changed the game when he was introduced and on this showing, he could become a shrewd piece of business by the Reds.

Rafa Mir (Ben Watson, 72) – 6

His presence in attack allowed Grabban more freedom and it offered hope that maybe Forest could start some games with two in attack.