Nottingham Forest fell to their third home defeat of the season on Saturday when they were beaten 1-0 by Cardiff City. 

The Reds fell behind after just 14 minutes as Nathaniel Mendez-Laing found the back of the net for the Bluebirds. Despite having over 30 shots on goal, the Reds weren’t able to get a result.

Sabri Lamouchi will have plenty to ponder when he selects his team for tomorrow night’s game against Millwall.

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Some players weren’t at their best against Cardiff, whilst other players are edging closer to full fitness.


Nottingham Forest News looked at a potential line-up which Lamouchi could select this week:

Goalkeeper and back four

Brice Samba didn’t have much to do against Cardiff other than pick the ball out of his own net. He should continue in goal for the Reds.

The back four should stay the same. Matty Cash, Tobias Figueiredo, Joe Worrall and Jack Robinson have looked solid in the last three games, especially in the away games against Bristol City and Queens Park Rangers.

Lamouchi may be tempted to bring Michael Dawson back into the side. It would be harsh to drop either Figueiredo or Worrall at this stage though.

In midfield

Alfa Semedo again looked lively when he came off-the-bench against Cardiff. Lamouchi may be tempted to bring him back into the starting line-up and move Tiago Silva further forward.

The 22-year-old loanee’s pace and athleticism could be a useful asset against the Lions.

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34-year-old midfielder Ben Watson continues to be ever-present under Lamouchi. He’s almost guaranteed to start again in this one.

In attack

João Carvalho was given a rare start by Lamouchi against Cardiff. However, he didn’t have much of an impact on the game.

He wasn’t as effective as Silva has been in that position, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Portuguese performer have to settle for a place back on the bench.

Sammy Ameobi wasn’t at his best against Cardiff either. However, his performance against QPR a couple of days prior could see him retain his place.

One player who did perform well against Cardiff was Joe Lolley. He created the most chances for the Reds from the right-hand side and should start against the Lions.

Lewis Grabban will be looking to add to his tally of eight goals so far this season.

Here is how Lamouchi’s team might line-up this weekend:

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