Nottingham Forest were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Middlesbrough at the City Ground in the Championship.
The Reds dropped more points having got themselves into a winning position. Ryan Yates opened the scoring on the hour-mark when he headed in Matty Cash’s cross from six-yards out.
Forest found it difficult to push on after taking the lead. This saw Boro get themselves back into the game via the penalty spot. Jack Robinson tripped substitute Marvin Johnson, before Paddy McNair converted from the spot.
The visitors dug-in and saw out the rest of the game to secure an unlikely point.
Following another frustrating day for Sabri Lamouchi’s team, we at Nottingham Forest News analysed the performance by rating the players out of 10:
Brice Samba – 6
Another quiet evening for the Forest goalkeeper, who had little chance of saving an emphatic penalty from McNair.
Matty Cash – 7
One of the main attacking threats for the Reds, and was operating largely as a winger for large periods. Played a huge role in helping the Reds make the breakthrough as he delivered a peach of a cross for Yates.
Joe Worrall – 7
Didn’t have much to do throughout the game, but battled well with Ashley Fletcher.
Michael Dawson – 7
Tried his best to start attacks by pushing forward and spraying passes out wide. Like Worrall, had very little to do defensively.
Jack Robinson – 5
Gave the away side the opportunity to level after getting the wrong side of Marvin Johnson late on in the game. Was also beaten by Paddy McNair on the byline earlier in the second-half.
Ben Watson – 7
The combative midfielder had a lot of the ball once again and kept things ticking. Got into promising attacking positions on several occasions but wasn’t found.
Ryan Yates – 6
Got his first goal of the season with a well-taken header on the hour-mark. Put in a lot of effort on his return, but looked a bit rusty at times.
Tiago Silva – 7
Was arguably another man-of-the-match performance from the 26-year-old. He was involved in the opening goal, and the Reds didn’t look the same after he was taken off.
Joe Lolley – 5
Still looks like he’s struggling down the right-hand side. He remains a shadow of the player he was last season.
Sammy Ameobi – 6
Produced a much-improved performance and was a major threat in the first-half. Didn’t make the same impact in the second-half but was perhaps harshly taken off.
Lewis Grabban – 6
Had no service to feed off whatsoever during the game. Had one header which he glanced wide in the first-half, but the offside flag was raised anyway.
João Carvalho – 5
Replaced Ameobi on the left-hand side but didn’t make any impact on the game.
Alfa Semedo – 5
Like Carvalho, struggled to get into the game.
Albert Adomah – 5
Came on after the Reds had conceded the penalty in the hope of finding a late winner. Wasn’t able to make an impact.