Nottingham Forest fought back to earn a share of the spoils during Saturday’s game with Preston North End. Albert Adomah cancelled out Billy Bodin’s first-half goal for the Lilywhites.
The game saw Forest’s first month of competitive action under Sabri Lamouchi come to an end, with the Reds unbeaten in all competitions since the opening day of the campaign.
Forest huffed and puffed against Preston with Alex Neil’s men making life very difficult for the Reds. Eventually, they did find a way beyond the steely riposte of the opposition to earn a pretty good point.
Here at Seat Pitch we looked at the performance of the players and marked their displays out of 10:
Brice Samba – 7
The big Frenchman coped well with what he had to deal with. Couldn’t do a deal about the goal.
Carl Jenkinson – 7
Looking sharper with each game, the ex-Arsenal man looks to be edging nearer to full fitness.
Joe Worrall – 7
The Reds defender once again looked solid and is showing more maturity in his performances each week.
Michael Dawson – 7
Forest must try and wrap the captain in cotton wool if they can. A vitally important cog in the defensive unit.
Jack Robinson – 6
Not the best of afternoons for the left-back. Struggled to gain any consistency in his performance.
Ben Watson – 7
Like a fine wine, Watson continues to impress despite his age. Once again kept things neat and tidy as he patrolled the back four.
Alfa Semedo – 5
A real off-day for the midfielder. Was hooked at half-time and the less said about his showing, the better!
Tiago Silva – 6
Struggled a little bit to gain any real flow in his performance as the Preston midfield dictated the pace in the first half. Improved a bit in the second 45.
Sammy Ameobi – 6
Another player who endured an off day. Ameobi wasn’t really at the races and was unsurprisingly replaced by Adomah.
Joe Lolley – 6
Tried his best to be Forest’s matchwinner once again but it wasn’t to be. His shooting range was badly off.
Lewis Grabban – 6
Fed off scraps and never really looked like adding to his tally of goals for the campaign.
Samba Sow (Semedo, HT) – 8
Completely changed the game, allowed Preston’s midfield little time on the ball and was a battering ram once again.
Joao Carvalho (Watson, 68′) – 7
Set the goal up and looked lively following his introduction.
Albert Adomah (Ameobi, 77′) – 7
When the ex-Aston Villa man is fit, he simply has to play. Looked a constant menace in the 15 minutes or so he was on the pitch.