Nottingham Forest were defeated 3-1 against Aston Villa who consigned the Reds to their first defeat at the City Ground in five games.

It was a disappointing night for the Reds who failed to take advantage of decent looking other results in the Championship.

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Jack Colback netted the opener for Forest but they went in behind at the break thanks to a John McGinn brace.

Kourtney Hause rounded off proceedings in the second half, leaving Forest with work to do to maintain their push towards the top six.

Following a frustrating night for Martin O’Neill’s outfit, Seat Pitch rated the Reds as follows:

Costel Pantilimon – 6

Might have done better with McGinn’s first goal as he was beaten at his near post. Did pull off a decent save from Abraham to stop a third Villa goal before the break.

Tendayi Darikwa – 6

Was a difficult night for the Zimbabwe international based on the fact that he didn’t have a right winger to link up with. Did what he had to do with minimal fuss.

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Alexander Milosevic – 6

Neat and tidy but this wasn’t the Swede’s best performance in truth. Both central defenders struggled with the aerial prowess of Tammy Abraham.

Yohan Benalouane – 6

Was unfortunate not to restore parity when he nodded home just after the break. Mike Dean had seen a push in the build-up and ruled the effort out. Defensively alright, but nothing to write home about.

Ben Osborn – 6

Did a decent job at left-back. Given the lack of creativity on the right-hand side, it will be nice for Forest to have the luxury of using Osborn further forward when Jack Robinson returns from suspension on Saturday.

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Pele – 5

Looked absolutely spent after his debut performance on Saturday and it didn’t look the wisest move to start with him against an energetic Villa. It’s easy to understand why he did as he played well against Hull, but this was a tired offering from Pele.

Jack Colback – 7

Scored a goal which in truth was a fluke but could perhaps have done better in tracking McGinn for Villa’s first goal. It was still a solid showing from Colback, however.

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Ryan Yates – 6

Hard to judge Yates accurately as he seemed bizarrely tasked with filling the void on the right when Forest had possession. Not his best night, but he wasn’t played in his best position either.

Joao Carvalho – 6

Having spent £13.2 million on the 22-year-old, according to BBC Sport, supporters expect him to be on it every game. That’s not always going to be the case though and Villa did well to keep him at bay.

Joe Lolley – 7 – Seat Pitch Star Man

A scintillating drive through the Villa team to assist Colback’s opener was truly majestic. On a frustrating night for Forest, Lolley was the one who was most likely to make things happen.

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Karim Ansarifard – 6

Didn’t see much of the ball on a frustrating night for the Iranian. Was booked for a comical dive, but service to the striker was limited.


Daryl Murphy (Ansarifard, 62′) – 5

The big Irishman fed on scraps but just didn’t win enough aerial balls up against two massive central defenders. Should have perhaps done better to divert a Carvalho cross goalwards.

Adlene Guedioura (Pele, 71′) – 6

Guedioura tried to stretch the play but failed to really impose himself on the game.

Diogo Goncalves (Yates, 76′) – 6

Barely touched the ball in truth but did show some neat interplay with Carvalho in the dying moments.

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