74 seconds, that is all Yohan Benalouane required to become a Nottingham Forest hero.

Over the course of another 88 minutes and 46 seconds, a ‘super’ prefix was added to that moniker.

As the final whistle blew on Monday evening, emotion poured out.

Those in the stands were finally freed to breathe and give the nail-biting a rest.

And those on the field were able to toast victory over the fiercest of rivals.

As Richard Keogh and Co threw their toys out of the pram, a Red Army rose as one.

Amid the jubilant scenes, a man in a mask was busy whipping an adoring fan base into a frenzy.

While Ryan Yates was leading the Derby-baiting, Benalouane was high-fiving anybody and everybody.

Having made his way through the Lower Trent, his son joined him from the Peter Taylor Stand.


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Everybody wanted a piece of the hero of the hour.

Well, the hero of the two-minute mark.

A Tunisia international had already endeared himself to the Forest faithful over the course of five previous outings.

This, though, was acclaim on a whole new level.

Anybody who finds the target on derby day will secure a special place in the heart.

If said effort proves to be the winner, then you will likely never to have to pay for a pint in Nottingham again.

Had Benalouane made his way from the dressing room to The Southbank on Monday night, it is fair to assume that he would not have gone thirsty.

It may have only been one game.

One night.

One goal.



But for a brief period, a 31-year-old centre-half was more popular than Robin Hood on the banks of the Trent.

He robbed from the Rams and gave to the Reds.

While wearing a Zorro-esque mask!

You really couldn’t make this stuff up.

From the Leicester stiffs to centre stage at the City Ground in the space of five short weeks.

They say that not all heroes wear capes, and in this case that statement could not be more true.

Somebody, though, really should find Benalouane one.

He needs it to complete the look.

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