Nottingham Forest secured a massive three points at Griffin Park as they beat Brentford 1-0 to go third in the Championship.
Joe Lolley netted the game’s only goal after 14 minutes and in truth, the Bees never really threatened Forest.
After losing two points late on against Reading last time out, this was a big test of character for Sabri Lamouchi’s charges.
It was passed with flying colours and Forest will now hold ambitions of breaking into the top two.
Following another victory for the Reds, Nottingham Forest News analysed the players and rated their performance out of 10:
Brice Samba – 8
The Congolese goalkeeper was up to his usual time-wasting tricks but was cautioned early on by the referee.
Matty Cash – 9
Kept Said Benrahma at bay and for that, he deserves immense credit. Showed again why he is worth so much to the club.
Tobias Figueiredo – 9
The Portuguese defender once again reiterated the point that when fit he is the club’s best centre-back.
Joe Worrall – 9
Produced a late tackle that was met with a celebration akin to scoring a goal by the Forest faithful. Probably Forest’s best player.
Yuri Ribeiro – 8
Was once again an energetic force for the Reds down the left-hand side.
Ben Watson – 9
Stunning from the veteran. His transformation this season has been there for all to see and he led the team by example at Griffin Park.
Samba Sow – 8
The Malian is a real battering ram and showed once again why Forest are picking up such good results with him in the team.
Sammy Ameobi – 7
Did struggle at times to keep hold of the ball and was sometimes found lacking a bit of composure and concentration.
Tiago Silva – 7
Was largely impressive, although he was wasteful in possession towards the end of the contest.
Joe Lolley – 8
Forest’s matchwinner and his return to form has been timely. Once again looked bang up for the contest and deserved his goal.
Lewis Grabban – 8
Never stopped running and was denied what looked like a stonewall penalty during the second half.
Adama Diakhaby (Lolley, 76′) – 6
Ryan Yates (Grabban, 90′) – N/A
Albert Adomah (Ameobi, 90′) – N/A
Player Ratings were provided by Jack Bryan