Nottingham Forest kept up the pressure on the Championship’s top two with a 3-1 victory over Luton Town.
A brace from Joe Lolley and a late Lewis Grabban penalty ensured a pretty comfortable afternoon for the hosts.
Forest now sit top of the Championship form table with four wins and a draw from their last five league games.
Sabri Lamouchi’s team were lethargic and awkward for the opening period of the contest and Harry Cornick gave Luton a deserved lead.
Lolley produced a timely return to form, however. His first came courtesy of a delicious cross-field ball from Yuri Ribeiro.
The winger advanced forward and his shot somehow squeezed under Simon Sluga in the Hatters goal.
Lolley’s second was simply sublime. After receiving a quality pass from Ben Watson, he cut in from the right and with the Luton defence retreating, he planted an unstoppable rocket into the top corner of the net.
Grabban put the seal on the victory late on with his 15th goal of the campaign from the penalty spot.
Forest’s next game comes against Reading in the all-important game in hand, with things heating up in the race for promotion to the Premier League.
Following today’s game we looked at the players and rated their performance out of 10:
Brice Samba – 7
A steady afternoon for the Congolese stopper who had very little to do.
Matty Cash – 8
Got forward well to form a formidable partnership with Lolley down the right-hand side.
Michael Dawson – 7
Looked decent on his return to the side and won everything in the air.
Joe Worrall – 7
Another composed performance from the academy graduate who gets better with each game.
Yuri Ribeiro – 8
The left-back looks a quality signing for the Reds and registered a superb assist.
Ben Watson – 7
Took a while to get going but was brilliant in the second period.
Samba Sow – 8
A bulldozer in midfield, Sow is another player signed from the European market who is thriving in the Championship. For £640,000 he looks an absolute steal.
Albert Adomah – 6
Struggled to get going and sadly blew his chance to impress Lamouchi. Was hooked in the second half.
Tiago Silva – 6
Wasn’t one of Silva’s best games but there was no lack of trying from the trickster.
Joe Lolley – 9
A sensational performance from the Forest man who produced arguably his best display of the day.
Lewis Grabban – 7
Became the first Forest striker to score 15 goals in back-to-back seasons since Stan Collymore. Was quiet against Luton but claimed a goal in stoppage time.