Nottingham Forest exited the FA Cup after losing 2-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday afternoon.
Goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley ensured it was deja vu for the Reds, who were beaten by the same scoreline at the same stage last season.
Boss Sabri Lamouchi had one eye on the league. The French boss made ten changes to his team from the one who beat Blackburn Rovers on New Year’s Day.
Several young players got the chance to shine and it proved a proud day for the club’s academy.
Following a battling defeat, Nottingham Forest News analysed the performance and rated the players out of 10:
Jordan Smith – 6
Should have perhaps done better with the first goal and palmed the second straight into the path of Ross Barkley. Did make a couple of smart stops in the second half, however.
Carl Jenkinson – 5
Not the easiest of games for the right-back who was given a tough afternoon by Pedro.
Michael Dawson – 7
Showed great professionalism during his first game in recent weeks and led the young guns admirably.
Tobias Figueiredo – 6
Was withdrawn at the break, hopefully as a precaution. Did pretty well in the first 45 minutes.
Yuri Ribeiro – 5
The left-back endured a torrid afternoon on his return from injury and struggled against an in-form Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Albert Adomah – 5
A very quiet afternoon for the veteran and although he worked tirelessly it just wasn’t his day.
Ryan Yates – 6
Was cautioned and displayed a lot of heart at Stamford Bridge. Saw a header chalked off in the second half for offside.
Alfa Semedo – 5
The uncompromising performer put himself about but struggled to have an impact on the contest.
Joao Carvalho – 6
Put in a couple of delicious deliveries into the box and tried to get Forest on the front foot.
Brennan Johnson – 7
A brilliant performance from the youngster who covered every blade of grass. Johnson looks set for a bright future.
Alex Mighten – 8
What a start from the youngster! Ensured Fikayo Tomori couldn’t rest on his laurels, was intelligent, energetic and showed flashes of brilliance. Should have won Forest a penalty.