Ben Watson scored the only goal of the game as Nottingham Forest defeated Brentford 1-0 to go second in the Championship.

The Reds now have two weeks without a game with international football taking precedence next weekend.

Forest were comfortable in their victory and the 34-year-old’s goal meant he was the matchwinner for the second game running in front of the City Ground faithful.

Following the latest three points, we analysed the performance of Sabri Lamouchi’s team and rated them out of 10:

Brice Samba – 8

Produced a stunning save prior to the break to ensure a goalless first-half.

Matty Cash – 9

A tremendous performance from the Forest youngster. Cash is getting better with each game at right-back

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Joe Worrall – 8

Another solid showing from the academy graduate who is now one of the first names on the team-sheet.

Chema Rodriguez – 8

A brilliant first league start for the Spaniard signed from Levante in the summer.

Yuri Ribeiro – 7

Did pretty well at left-back, although was occasionally wasteful in possession.

Ben Watson – 9

Wow! A simply stunning display of midfield excellence on an afternoon when he made Forest tick.

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Samba Sow – 7

Went off injured towards the end and did the job expected of him incredibly well.

Joe Lolley – 7

Wasn’t really the focal point of Forest going forward but showed a few neat touches to get the Reds moving in the right direction.

Tiago Silva – 8

Probably his best performance in a Forest shirt. Was neat and tidy in possession and worked hard at the high press, stopping Brentford breaking quickly.

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Joao Carvalho – 7

Looked a little bit off the pace but in his defence, he is still working his way back to full fitness. Was withdrawn in the second half.

Lewis Grabban – 7

A superb workmanlike performance from Forest’s loan striker. Perhaps should have scored but nonetheless, a steady afternoon.


Sammy Ameobi (Carvalho, 63′) – 6

Albert Adomah (Sow, 77′) – 6

Rafa Mir (Grabban, 90) – N/A

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