Nottingham Forest blew their chance to close the gap between themselves at the top two after drawing with Reading at the City Ground.

Lewis Grabban put the Reds in the lead in the 80th minute but for the second time in just over a week Reading struck back against Forest.

Sam Baldock restored parity just three minutes after Grabban’s opener, leaving the Reds frustrated.

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The point did move Forest up to fourth in the Championship and leaves a lot to play for with 18 games remaining.

Forest’s first-half performance was arguably their best of the season so far. Had the Reds been able to find a goal during that period, things might have gone more swimmingly on the night.

Boss Sabri Lamouchi found his team up against a side who set up with a very similar tactical style to the Reds.

 

Reading had been in good form of late and it was easy to see why. Mark Bowen’s side were organised, well-drilled and clearly had players that could hurt Forest.

Following the latest performance Nottingham Forest News marked the players out of 10 for their efforts:

Brice Samba – 6

Should have done better with Baldock’s equalising goal but did make a strong stop in the first half.

Matty Cash – 8

Solid once again at right-back and is still one of the most consistent cogs in Lamouchi’s team.

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Joe Worrall – 7

A solid showing from the academy graduate who coped with the aerial threat of George Puscas extremely well.

Michael Dawson – 7

Made several decent blocks and looked pretty steady throughout the contest.

Yuri Ribeiro – 7

A little bit wasteful as he tired in the second half but another decent performance defensively.

Ben Watson – 8

Arguably Forest’s best player on the night. Roared into tackles and was intelligent on the ball.

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Samba Sow – 7

Forest do seem to lose an element of steel when he’s not on the pitch, as was highlighted following his withdrawal in the second half.

Sammy Ameobi – 6

A somewhat frustrating night for the winger who struggled to really get going on the flank.

Tiago Silva – 7

The Portuguese maestro did okay, although he did try to force the issue somewhat. Needs to learn when to try the glory ball and when to play the way he is facing.

Joe Lolley – 7

Another sharp outing from Lolley who was particularly good in the first half.

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Lewis Grabban – 7

Had two chances to score and took one to claim his 16th goal of the season. Any striker who comes to the club this January will certainly be backup for Grabban.

Substitutions

Joao Carvalho (Sow, 58′) – 6

A decent little cameo for the Portuguese player who kept things simple.

Albert Adomah (Lolley, 88′) – N/A

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