Nottingham Forest hammered 10-man Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Wednesday in the Championship.
Sabri Lamouchi’s second-half substitutions were key in ensuring the Reds returned to the East Midlands with all three points.
Alfa Semedo replaced Lewis Grabban with five minutes of normal time remaining. He scored Forest’s fourth and final goal in the first minute of stoppage time with a simple finish.
This was the 22-year-old midfielder’s first taste of first-team action since the end of September due to injury.
The midfielder, currently on a season-long loan from Benfica, will be hoping he’s done enough to force his way into Lamouchi’s thoughts for Saturday.
As it happens, the Reds needed some more energy on the pitch as they looked to take advantage of a tiring Rangers side. Mark Warburton’s men had to play the majority of the second-half with a man less.
There’s no doubt that Lamouchi was very positive with his substitutions. The introduction of João Carvalho, John Bostock and Semedo certainly made a difference.
Semedo was visibly delighted to score just his second goal for the Reds. He wouldn’t have been expecting to do so having been introduced so late on in the game.
The 22-year-old simply reacted on Instagram by posting a picture of him celebrating the goal with a two-word caption:
Nottingham Forest fans will be hoping the midfielder can avoid any further injury problems. He’s a young player with a lot of potential and is likely to get better as the season goes on.
Semedo is set to return to Benfica at the end of the season, but for the time-being he’ll be hoping to help the Reds push for promotion.