Nottingham Forest piled the pressure on the top two in the Sky Bet Championship with a 2-0 victory over Leeds United.

Goals from Sammy Ameobi and Tyler Walker ensured the Reds remain hot on the heels of Leeds with the gap to second now just a single point.

Sabri Lamouchi’s team were superb at both ends of the pitch and on another day the margin of victory could have been higher.

The attacking quality of Joe Lolley drew praise, particularly with Who Scored, who rated him as Forest’s star man.

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Another, less fashionable player, is quickly become a vital component in Sabri Lamouchi’s team, however.

Yuri Ribeiro arrived from Benfica during the summer as an unknown quantity.

It took him a while to win a place in the side with Jack Robinson starting the season as Lamouchi’s first-choice left-back.

Outstanding

His form since winning his first league start in September has been so good, however, that Forest felt obliged to cash in on Robinson during the January transfer window.

What is even more remarkable about the Portuguese youngster is that he didn’t cost the Reds a penny.

 

Over the years, Forest have thrown some pretty serious money at some extremely ordinary players.

That trait thankfully seems to have changed and Ribeiro is just one example of how savvy the Reds are becoming in the European transfer market.

Yesterday, the 23-year-old produced a deft assist for Ameobi. Ribeiro’s flick set the winger on his way towards open the scoring.

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Ribeiro has played 17 games in all competitions. He has spent some time out through injury but he does give the defence an injection of energy.

Up against a £15 million Helder Costa yesterday evening, he never gave his compatriot a sniff; comfortably stifling his threat.

Talent

When Forest signed Ribeiro he might have been viewed as one of the future.

Despite only being at Forest a matter of months, he has quickly become a first-team regular, and a favourite among supporters.

Of course, there is more to come from the youngster. Who Scored cite him as claiming one interception and making two clearances per game.

They are decent statistics but he will hope for even more.

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Ribeiro was viewed as underwhelming unknown quantity when he arrived at the City Ground.

Saturday’s showing against Leeds highlighted his undoubted quality.

Supporters will talk about Lolley, Lewis Grabban and Samba Sow being integral. The evidence is clear, however, that the work Ribeiro does on the left-hand side is proving just as important to Lamouchi’s team.

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