Nottingham Forest thrashed Middlesbrough 3-0 at the City Ground on Monday afternoon, raising the spirits after four straight defeats.
The Reds were outstanding against a Boro side who are chasing the play-offs. A brace from Joe Lolley and a rocket from Alexander Milosevic completed a comprehensive Easter Monday rout.
Martin O’Neill changed the system for the visit of Tony Pulis’ team. Three central defenders were deployed to incorporate two wing-backs. That allowed the majestic Joao Carvalho to return to the fold, alongside Joe Lolley with both players given the freedom to roam in attack.
Forest fans were delighted to see Carvalho’s name on the team-sheet. He has been used sparingly under O’Neill much to the dismay of the club’s supporters.
After one of the finest individual displays at the City Ground in recent memory, those supporters will hope to see their main man retain his place for the last two fixtures.
The 22-year-old Portuguese magician was rewarded for his efforts on Monday. He joined Milosevic and Lolley in the Who Scored Championship Team of the Week.
Forest fans were quick to praise Carvalho following his inclusion, taking to Twitter to heap plaudits on their creative spark.
🏴 Championship Team of the Week — @NFFC have 3⃣ players in this XI@CameronDawson77@tom__edwardss@MilosevicAlex@AdamWebster31@ScottyMalone28@harrywilson_@JLolley23
David McGoldrickhttps://t.co/7094SxKrhN pic.twitter.com/PLcZjOdlps
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 23, 2019
João Carvalho 🧙🏼♂️💫
— Nottingham Forest 🇧🇷 (@NFFCBrasil) April 23, 2019
joão carvalho only a 8.9😂 are you sure
— Ryan Bardill (@Ryan_nffc10) April 23, 2019
Carvalho only 8.9 out of 10???? Should be 11
— Ritchie Turner (@Ritchie_Turner) April 23, 2019
8.9? You having a laugh?
— NFFC (@NottinghamRed99) April 23, 2019
@SteveO_182 8.9 for Carvalho okay then 😂
— GRhysy Idiot (@VR46_Rhys) April 23, 2019
i think you got joao carvalho’s mark wrong, should have been 9.9.
best, most influential performance i’ve seen in a forest shirt in the last ten years.
— ross 128 b (@coffndrop) April 23, 2019
He was on a different planet yesterday. Club has been crying out for a player and a performance like that for ages. Would probably agree that he put in the best individual performance since… Michail Antonio?
— Joseph Pickard (@josephpickard) April 23, 2019
Watching the wrong game if Carvalho only got an 8.9. That performance was a straight 10. #nffc
— Rudgey (@Rudgey1865) April 23, 2019
Carvalho 8.9 haha, don’t you mean 9.8? Guess you had no one at the game!
— Adam T (@AJBeaks) April 23, 2019
João at least a 9.7
— Sam João Dunn (@SamJDunn17) April 23, 2019
How did Joao Carvalho get in? Didn’t realise he’d adapted to the physicality of the championship yet
— Luke Ellis (@lellisNFFC) April 23, 2019