Nottingham Forest defeated Hull City 3-0 to go within two points of the Championship play-off places.
Goals from Joao Carvalho, Karim Ansarifard and Joe Lolley saw the Reds make it four wins in succession on home soil.
It had looked like being an afternoon of frustration for Martin O’Neill’s men. The introduction of Carvalho proved decisive, however, as he became the catalyst for a vital three points.
Following the win, Seat Pitch rated the Forest players as follows…
Costel Pantilimon – 7
A relatively quiet afternoon for the Forest custodian. The Romanian was forced into a decent save in stoppage time but other than wasn’t really troubled.
Tendayi Darikwa – 7
The Forest right-back went about his business extremely well, ensuring that the dangerous Kamil Grosicki was largely ineffective.,
Alexander Milosevic – 7
The Swede did what he had to with minimal fuss and is adapting to life in the Championship very well indeed.
Yohan Benalouane – 7
Played a superb cross-field ball to Darikwa which led to the first Forest goal and had a decent afternoon. The Tunisian is developing quite a rapport with Milosevic in the back four.
Ben Osborn – 7
One of the Forest man’s better performances at left-back. Up against an in-form Jarrod Bowen, he stood up to be counted and ensured a frustrating afternoon for the Hull man.
Jack Colback – 7
Steady as always from the on-loan Newcastle United man. Dropped further back to shield the back four and kept things simple throughout.
Pele – 9 – Seat Pitch Star Man
A debut to remember for the man on loan from Monaco. The 27-year-old replaced Ben Watson in the Forest team and highlighted the Reds’ strength in depth in the middle of the park.
Ryan Yates – 7
A reasonably quiet afternoon from the Forest youngster. Still showing a lot of maturity in his performances and has given O’Neill a selection poser in recent weeks.
Joe Lolley – 8
A lively performance from Lolley who put the seal on the Forest win with a late penalty. The ex-Huddersfield man is proving to be the Reds’ star performer at the moment.
Leo Bonatini – 6
The Brazilian was lively but just lacked a bit of composure in the final third. On loan from Wolves, Bonatini is desperate for the goal that his confidence craves.
Daryl Murphy – 6
The 35-year-old fed off scraps during the contest and looked a little jaded. Having played lots of football lately a rest perhaps isn’t too far away.
Karim Ansarifard (Bonatini, 59′) – 7
The Iranian showed Forest supporters exactly what he is capable of, claiming a goal and an assist. Doesn’t look afraid to put a shift in.
Joao Carvalho (Murphy, 68′) – 8
The little magician offered a reminder to his manager of the quality he possesses. The game swung in Forest’s direction following Carvalho’s introduction.