Nottingham Forest defeated Wigan Athletic 1-0 on Sunday to go fifth in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Reds claimed victory thanks to a Tobias Figueiredo goal on the hour mark.
Boss Sabri Lamouchi finished the year with two wins, a couple of clean sheets and with Forest sitting in their highest league position at the turn of the year during the last decade.
The win wasn’t particularly comfortable against the Latics.
Wigan came with a game plan to frustrate Forest but to also have a go and get themselves on the front foot.
Paul Cook’s team should have equalised when they were awarded a penalty. Brice Samba guessed correctly though and palmed Josh Windass’ spot-kick away from the goal.
Forest have played better on occasions this season and not collected all three points. Against Wigan the performance was patchy but ultimately, a win is indeed a win.
A video from the game has got Forest fans talking. The club’s media team have utilised a bench cam on occasions this season and they filmed the dugout during Sunday’s win.
The footage shows Michael Dawson kicking every ball, Jordan Smith barking orders to his team-mates and Joao Carvalho getting excited after being substituted.
Kicking and heading every ball 👊
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) December 30, 2019
The Portuguese maestro has been subjected to a lot of Twitter debate. He hasn’t enjoyed a great season so far but the potential is clearly there in abundance.
Some supporters have perhaps cruelly questioned Carvalho’s commitment and willingness to stay at Forest.
If the bench cam is anything to go by, then the 22-year-old cares deeply about the football club.
We looked at a selection of Tweets from Forest supporters after the bench cam footage had been revealed:
Joao loves it
— Real James Overton (@OvertonOfficial) December 30, 2019
No doubting Joao’s passion and commitment
— Anthony Cockayne (@anthonycockayne) December 30, 2019
“Carvalhos hearts not in it” 🥴
Keep the lad and build the team around him.
— James Taylor (@jtweets92) December 30, 2019
— Nick (@nikos787) December 30, 2019
Carvalho & Dawson’s passion 🙌👏🔴⚪️
— Will Thorpe (@ThorpeyNFFC) December 30, 2019
People actually think João doesn’t care about this club 😐
— dylan jackson (@DylanJackson02) December 30, 2019
The passion shown by Carvalho gives me the feeling that he cares allot more than people give him credit for 🤔
— Nick (@NJL82) December 30, 2019
Joao the sweet prince 😍
— Adam (@Sekulalalala) December 30, 2019