Nottingham Forest were unlucky not to come away with all three points against Preston, having a goal controversially ruled out in a goalless draw. 

It was a game of relatively few chances. However, the Reds have come away from a match for the second time in a week feeling hard done by.

In this case, the key moment of the game came in the second half. Joe Lolley’s tap-in was disallowed due to a supposed foul from Ryan Yates on Declan Rudd in the build-up. The replays that have been circulated since show that there wasn’t much in it.

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This wasn’t the only opening the Reds were able to create. Lewis Grabban had a few good opportunities but wasn’t able to add to his goal tally.

It could’ve been even worse for the Reds though, as Preston did have a few good chances themselves. Costel Pantilimon had to be alert to prevent Brad Potts’ volley from around 12 yards out from finding the back of the net.

The main positive is that the Reds’ performances have drastically improved in the last week or so.

Martin O’Neill will naturally be disappointed that luck seems to be against his side at the moment. However, he’ll be pleased with how his side’s performances are improving. You’d hope that the Reds will have their own dose of luck in the coming weeks.

Following the draw at Deepdale, Seat Pitch rated the players out of 10 as follows…

Costel Pantilimon – 6

The Romanian made a decent save in the second half, even if the shot was straight at him. He didn’t do much wrong, but perhaps could’ve been a bit quicker at releasing the ball at times.


Tendayi Darikwa – 6

You could tell he’d been out the side the last few games. He made some rusty passes which nearly let Preston in. Overall, he did a decent job.

Yohan Benalouane – 7

The 31-year-old produced another solid performance again defensively. He had the chance to pick out simple 10 yard passes at times but decided to look for the long ball. It was a decent afternoon for the big defender.

Alexander Milošević – 8 – Seat Pitch Star Man

He’s been very impressive since joining the Reds. The 27-year-old was brilliant defensively again. He’s very comfortable with the ball at his feet and won everything in the air.

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Jack Robinson – 7

Robinson did well. He got forward with the ball a lot, whilst remaining solid at the back. He also made some very important tackles. You know exactly what you’ll get with him week in, week out.

Ben Osborn – 6

As usual, the 24-year-0ld midfielder put in a shift. He did a job for the team.

Jack Colback – 7

Another great performance from the ginger warrior. He controlled the midfield throughout, proving that he’s a proper box-to-box midfielder. He’s the first name on the team sheet for me. I hope the Reds can tie him down to a permanent deal in the summer.

Ryan Yates – 7

Played a simple game, whilst getting stuck in throughout. He’s a very good young player with a good future ahead of him at the City Ground. Didn’t look out of place in just his third start for the club.

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Joe Lolley – 7

Would’ve won the game for the Reds had it not been for another awful refereeing decision. He was always a threat when he got the ball and made things happen. Could’ve had a rare tap-in to his name but it wasn’t to be.

Daryl Murphy – 7

He did well throughout the game. The 35-year-old held the ball up well, and got us on the break a couple of times. He’s not everyone’s cup of tea but all in all, a decent performance from the big man.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Daryl Murphy of Nottingham Forest battles for possesion with Milan Djuric of Bristol City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Bristol City at City Ground on January 19, 2019 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Lewis Grabban – 7

Worked hard again. Could’ve opened the scoring with a one-on-one just before half-time but couldn’t put it away. Had a goal ruled out for being offside in the first half. Had a shot that the keeper parried out for Lolley’s tap-in which was eventually ruled out by the referee.

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