Nottingham Forest stretched their unbeaten streak in the Championship to five games, with a 2-0 win at struggling Hull City.

The Reds secured a vital three points courtesy of second-half goals from Lewis Grabban and Joe Lolley.

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Forest stayed in seventh place in the Championship and with each passing game, the Reds are starting to look more like promotion contenders.

Boss Aitor Karanka will now take his charges to Aston Villa on Wednesday night looking to maintain their solid form of late.

Following the game at the KCOM Stadium, Seat Pitch was on hand to rate the Nottingham Forest performance.

Costel Pantilimon  7

Flapped at a cross in the first-half but claimed at the second attempt. The big Romanian didn’t have a great deal to do once again in truth and was fairly comfortable throughout.

Tendayi Darikwa  7

Once again the Forest right-back showed his worth to the team at the KCOM Stadium. Darikwa is improving each week and he is now a key component in Karanka’s back four.

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Michael Dawson  8 

Talk in the build-up from the home camp had been that Dawson could potentially be Forest’s weak link. The Forest captain made a mockery of that concept here, however, rolling back the years with another solid showing. The 35-year-old simply oozes class and demands that each of his team-mates show the same level of commitment as he does.

Tobias Figueiredo 7

The combination of the Portuguese defender alongside Dawson in recent weeks has proved a real showstopper for Forest. The pairing seems easily Karanka’s best central defensive partnership and this was another quality performance from the 24-year-old.

Jack Robinson  7

Robinson was his usual steady self in the win at Hull City. It still seems remarkable that Forest managed to secure the services of the Liverpool trainee on a free transfer.

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Jack Colback  8

The on-loan Newcastle United midfield showed once again why Karanka rates him so highly with another robust performance. In recent weeks Colback has proved that he is very much one of the first names on the Forest teamsheet. At Hull, he showcased that his game is not all about breaking up opposition attacks and moved the ball particularly well in the 2-0 win.

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Claudio Yacob 9 | SEAT PITCH STAR MAN

Quite why West Bromwich Albion chose to release the 31-year-old Argentinean midfielder during the summer is a mystery. Albion’s loss is Forest’s gain however and Yacob marked his restoration to Karanka’s team with a man of the match performance. Yacob linked up well with Colback and showed real presence in the middle of the park.

Matty Cash  7

Very nearly broke the deadlock with a low drive just prior to the break and turned in one of his better performances for a few weeks. Cash shows a lot of heart when selected by his manager and this was another energetic performance from the academy graduate.

Joao Carvalho  7

Huffed and puffed on an afternoon where not everything the Portuguese magician attempted came to fruition. Carvalho is still adapting to life in the Championship and there is definitely more to come from the 21-year-old.

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Joe Lolley  8

Lolley was a real thorn in the side of Hull, particularly in the second period. The former Huddersfield Town player always has the ability to make something out of nothing and his fifth league goal of the campaign was typical of that.

Lewis Grabban  8

The in-form Forest striker took advantage of some woeful defending to prod home his 10th league goal of the campaign. The 30-year-old took some time to hit top speed at the City Ground following his £6 million move from Bournemouth, but he is now back to his prolific best.


Ben Osborn 6 for Matty Cash | 82′

Karim Ansarifard N/A for Lewis Grabban | 86′

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