An Aiden O’Brien goal in the second minute of stoppage time denied Nottingham Forest a smash and grab victory against Millwall on Friday night. 

After trailing at the interval, Sabri Lamouchi’s men came roaring back to lead 2-1 thanks to a Lewis Grabban brace at the New Den.

With the game ticking into stoppage time, O’Brien struck, however, and left Forest to ultimately rue a change in formation that led to a slow first-half.

Following the game, Nottingham Forest News analysed the Reds’ performance and rated the players out of 10:

Brice Samba – 7

Some will claim he should have paired Shaun Williams’ late shot around the post. It was a great strike, however, and Samba has earned a minor error in a Forest shirt.

Matty Cash – 6

Was probing in the second half and tried to get Forest back on the front foot by bombing up and down the right-hand side.

Michael Dawson – 6

Didn’t do a great deal wrong and kept Matt Smith quiet during his time on the pitch.

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Tobias Figueiredo – 6

Was switched to right-back at the start of the second half. For some reason, he didn’t look overly comfortable as part of a back three.

Joe Worrall – 7

Did superbly well to keep Tiago Silva’s cross alive which led to Grabban’s first goal and was reasonably solid throughout.

Jack Robinson – 7

Was forced to do double the work due to an off night from Ameobi and more often than not bailed out his team-mate with some smart defending.

Ben Watson – 7

Let himself down by now getting out to Williams quicker in stoppage time. Like Samba though, he has earnt himself a minor mistake this season.

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Alfa Semedo – 5

The uncompromising midfielder looked slightly off the pace in his first start for a few weeks. Was hooked late on.

Tiago Silva – 7

Once again one of Forest’s brightest sparks. Very decent in possession of the ball and worked hard to win the ball back during a tough first period.

Sammy Ameobi – 5

Quite how the winger played 90 minutes is a mystery. That said, he did claim an assist for Grabban’s second goal but was largely anonymous.

Rafa Mir – 4

Another poor outing from the Spaniard. It seems highly unlikely that Forest will want to keep Mir beyond January at this stage.

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Joe Lolley (Figueiredo, 57′) – 6

Looked bright and energetic when he came on, instantly putting Millwall on the back foot.

Lewis Grabban (Mir, 62′) – 7

A stunning performance from the striker who netted 50 seconds after being introduced and added another later on.

Albert Adomah (Semedo, 80′) – 6

Not on long but showed a few neat touches and put a shift in working back.

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