Nottingham Forest weren’t able to get back to winning ways in the Championship on Tuesday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Middlesbrough at the City Ground.
The Reds made the breakthrough on the hour-mark when Ryan Yates headed home Matty Cash’s pinpoint cross. However, they weren’t able to kill the game off having taken the lead.
Middlesborough started to get themselves back into the game and found an equaliser with less than 10 minutes to go. Jack Robinson fouled Marvin Johnson in the area, and Paddy McNair converted from the resulting spot kick.
Sabri Lamouchi will have plenty to ponder when he selects his team for Saturday’s game against Sheffield Wednesday.
Tuesday’s game against Middlesbrough came too early for Yuri Ribeiro, Samba Sow and Carl Jenkinson, but Lamouchi didn’t rule any of them out for Saturday.
Nottingham Forest News looked at a potential line-up which Lamouchi could select this weekend:
Goalkeeper and back four
Brice Samba didn’t have much to do against Boro. He didn’t have any chance of saving McNair’s well-struck penalty and should continue in goal for the Reds.
Lamouchi opted to revert back to a back four against Boro. Michael Dawson pipped Tobias Figueiredo to a place in the starting line-up and didn’t do anything to warrant being dropped for this game.
Like Dawson, Joe Worrall didn’t do a lot wrong against Boro. He battled well with Ashley Fletcher and will be relishing the opportunity of coming up against an in-form Steven Fletcher.
Matty Cash was a standout performer again on Tuesday. He was one of Forest’s main attacking outlets at right-back and picked up an assist. Even if Jenkinson is back, he’s unlikely to get in the side at the moment.
Unlike Cash, Jack Robinson certainly hasn’t claimed the left-back spot as his own. He was below-par against Boro and Lamouchi may be tempted to bring Ribeiro straight back in if he is ready.
Ryan Yates returned to the starting line-up against Boro having served his three-game suspension for his red card against Bristol City. He netted his first goal of the season and deserves another chance to start in this game.
His place in the starting line-up may be under threat if Sow is fully fit, but this looks unlikely at this stage.
34-year-old midfielder Ben Watson produced another solid performance against Boro. He’s likely to start again against the Owls.
If anyone was going to create an opportunity for the Reds on Tuesday, it looked like being Tiago Silva. The 26-year-old was involved in Forest’s opening goal but was harshly substituted in the second-half.
He plays a crucial role in midfield by keeping things ticking, which is even more important at the City Ground when the Reds have more possession.
Sammy Ameobi was lucky to not be dropped following his performance against Millwall. However, he was much-improved against Boro and is likely to start again.
It was another night to forget for Joe Lolley on Tuesday. Lamouchi may be tempted to play Lolley on his more comfortable left-hand side and put Ameobi on the right.
It’s unlikely that Lamouchi will drop the winger completely, mainly due to a lack of other options.
Lewis Grabban has already scored 10 goals this season, but only two of those have come at the City Ground. After a frustrating night on Tuesday, he’ll be hoping to add to his tally on Saturday.
Here is how Lamouchi’s team might line-up for Saturday’s game: