Nottingham Forest maintained their unbeaten start on the road for 2019/20 with a stunning 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The Reds surrendered the vast majority of possession against Scott Parker’s free-flowing side, but a Lewis Grabban brace ultimately won the day for Forest.

Aleksandar Mitrovic did pull a goal back for the hosts late in the day but Sabri Lamouchi wasn’t to be denied his first win away from the City Ground.

Following the contest, we assessed the performance of the Forest team and gave them marks out of 10:

Brice Samba – 8

The French goalkeeper was a surprise inclusion in Lamouchi’s team with the ex-Caen man drafted in for his league debut. A string of fine saves could see him get the nod over Arijanet Muric for the foreseeable.

Carl Jenkinson – 7

The ex-Arsenal man looked calm and composed on an afternoon that saw him come up against one of the best wingers in the division in Ivan Cavaleiro.

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Michael Dawson – 8

Once again rolled back the years to keep Fulham at arm’s length. Will be disappointed not to earn a clean sheet, but this was a performance that once again highlighted Dawson’s importance to the team.

Joe Worrall – 8

The Forest academy graduate finally looks like he is learning from his errors. For large parts of the current campaign, he has looked like a player capable of being a first-team regular for years to come.

Jack Robinson – 9

It has been a disjointed start to the campaign for the left-back. This was Robinson at his very best and his assist for Grabban to open the scoring after four minutes was majestic.

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Ben Watson – 8

He has his critics but perhaps they should stop after this battling performance. Watson is a better player when he keeps things simple and that’s exactly what he did here.

Samba Sow – 9

What a signing Sow looks for Forest. A battering ram of epic proportion. Fulham’s midfield simply couldn’t cope with the Malian’s physical presence.

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Tiago Silva – 7

A quiet game for the little Portuguese midfielder. Did play a part in the lovely team goal which opened the scoring, however.

Sammy Ameobi – 7

Worked tirelessly at both ends of the pitch and with every passing game looks a solid addition to the Forest squad.

Lewis Grabban – 9

Keep up the criticism Kenny Burns! The £6m signing (BBC Sport) continues to make a clueless mockery of his constant critics. He once again showcased his ability to come alive in the 18-yard box against a Fulham defence who couldn’t cope with his intelligence.

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Joe Lolley – 8

Forest’s most important player was sorely missed at The Valley on Wednesday night and he was back with a vengeance here. His ability to skip beyond opponents is a thing of beauty and his cross-field ball for Robinson to assist Grabban’s opener was splendid.


Alfa Semedo (Tiago Silva, 58′) – 8

Albert Adomah (Joe Lolley, 72′) – 7

Matty Cash (Carl Jenkinson, 82′) – 7

(Ratings supplied by Jack Bryan)


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