Nottingham Forest ended their season on a high as they secured a third consecutive win against Bolton Wanderers.
Joe Lolley’s low strike midway through the first half was enough to secure the Reds all three points at the City Ground.
It was the first time in a while that Martin O’Neill had named Lolley, Lewis Grabban and João Carvalho in his starting line-up at the same time. This excited supporters prior to kick-off, but the Reds never really got going.
Following the contest, Seat Pitch rated the players out of 10 as follows…
Luke Steele – 6
O’Neill seemingly chose the 34-year-old ahead of Costel Pantilimon to get another look at the former Bristol City stopper. In truth, he won’t have learnt a lot. He barely had a touch of the ball.
Molla Wagué – 6
Remains to be seen whether this was his last game for the club or not. Seems to excel playing as part of a back three. Might not be needed with the number of other centre-backs returning.
Alexander Milošević – 8 – Seat Pitch Star Man
Another accomplished performance from the 27-year-old Swede. He’s arguably the best signing O’Neill made in January. Will certainly be pushing to be first choice next season.
Jack Robinson – 7
The captain for the afternoon produced another solid performance, albeit with very little to do. Will be a key player again next season.
Sam Byram – 7
The West Ham United loanee produced another typically classy performance. It wasn’t the best he’s played for the Reds, but he still showed why he is one of the best right-backs at this level.
Matty Cash – 5
Looked uncomfortable in the middle of the park. Struggled to keep hold of the ball and was going over too easily at times. The Reds will need to upgrade on the academy graduate for next season.
Ryan Yates – 6
Similarly to Cash, he struggled to really get a foothold of the game. He was full of energy again though, and made a couple of crucial challenges. Will have learnt a lot over the last few months.
Ben Osborn – 6
Didn’t really get into the game much throughout. Wasn’t able to link up with the front three as much as he has done in previous games.
João Carvalho – 7
Wasn’t able to make the same impact as he did last time out at the City Ground against Middlesbrough. Came close to creating an opening in the first half with some superb deliveries into the area. Was given another standing ovation when he was substituted.
Joe Lolley – 7
Rounded off what has been a superb campaign with another quality finish. His low drive into the bottom corner took him up to 11 goals and 11 assists in the Championship. It’s vital that the Reds keep hold of him this summer.
Lewis Grabban – 5
Difficult to pinpoint exactly what’s gone wrong for the striker of late. Is he struggling for fitness or has he become disinterested? It was another poor performance from the frontman.
Daryl Murphy (Lolley, 67′) – 6
Didn’t manage to get up to speed with the game. His only contribution was the ball bouncing off him a few times.
Adlène Guédioura (Grabban, 75′) – 6
Struggled to make much of an impact but helped see out the game in the latter stages.
Arvin Appiah (Carvalho, 84′) – N/A
No time to make an impact but did make one good run.