Nottingham Forest secured their first Championship victory of the 2019/20 campaign by thrashing Birmingham City 3-0 at the City Ground.
Sabri Lamouchi’s team were never threatened by Pep Clotet’s hapless team and on another day Forest might have scored even more goals.
The Reds claimed all three points thanks to goals from Joe Lolley, Lewis Grabban and Michael Dawson.
Following the entertaining contest, Seat Pitch looked at the players’ performances and marked them out of 10…
Arijanet Muric – 7
It can’t possibly be a mark any higher for the on-loan Manchester City man as he had very little to do. His distribution, however, was excellent as he claimed his first clean sheet for the club.
Matty Cash – 8
The academy graduate had his best game of the season at right-back and looked like a player who could certainly play there more often.
Michael Dawson – 8
Defensively solid and rolled back the years with a well-timed header to cap a perfect afternoon for the captain.
Joe Worrall – 8
Starting to develop a real rapport with Dawson at the heart of the back four. Here he was commanding and composed throughout.
Jack Robinson – 7
Did what he had to with relative ease. Looked far more comfortable than he did against Leeds and out in a professional performance.
Ben Watson – 7
Had a decent afternoon protecting the Forest back four. Looks neat and tidy in possession but whether he will remain in the side this season remains to be seen with several players snapping at his heels.
Samba Sow – 8
The Malian midfielder arrived at the City Ground in the summer as an unknown quantity but he already looks a smart piece of business. Was given a standing ovation when he departed during the second half.
Alfa Semedo – 7
Semedo probably played better in Forest’s first two league games but nonetheless, he did his job well against Birmingham.
Sammy Ameobi – 8
Looked energetic and lively going forwards, whilst his work rate to help out defensively shouldn’t be overlooked either. Already looks like a positive piece of summer business on a free transfer.
Joe Lolley – 9
After almost missing out through an injury sustained in the warm-up, the flying Forest winger recovered to torment Birmingham once again. The boyhood Aston Villa supporter scored for the third home game in succession against the Blues, much to the dismay of Blues supporters.
Lewis Grabban – 8
The Forest striker completely blew the theory that he is lazy out of the water with a confident goalscoring display. By his own admission, he should have scored another goal but Grabban appears to have made a good start to the campaign.
Tiago Silva (Semedo, 57′) – 7
The little Portuguese maestro showed some nice touches once again and looks like one to watch for the Reds this season.
Albert Adomah (Sow, 73′) – 7
A quiet cameo for the ex-Aston Villa man, although he nearly claimed an assist for Grabban to score, the talisman fluffing his header wide despite a pin-point cross from Adomah.
Rafa Mir – 7 (Ameobi, 79′)
The on-loan Wolves man very nearly scored a majestic scorpion goal but his audacious effort flew inches over the crossbar.