Nottingham Forest came crashing back down to earth as Charlton Athletic beat them 1-0 at the City Ground.

Boss Sabri Lamouchi made five changes to his side that beat Leeds United on Saturday and it backfired in miserable fashion.


Lyle Taylor’s goal in the first-half proved decisive and meant that Forest missed out on the chance to go second in the Championship.

A poor choice of team selection was capped with a disjointed and lethargic performance and the Reds must now bounce back against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Following last night’s showing we analysed the Forest players and rated their performance out of 10:

Brice Samba – 6

Didn’t have a lot to do other than pick the ball out of the net and make a smart save early on. His second-half distribution wasn’t up to his usual standards.

Carl Jenkinson – 3

Slow, disinterested and largely all over the place. It was telling that the ex-Arsenal man hadn’t played in so long.

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Joe Worrall – 5

Was somewhat static for the Charlton goal as a delightful ball was fizzed into the box and perhaps could have done better to clear.

Tobias Figueiredo – 6

His usual combative self and tried to get Forest going by carrying the ball out from the back, one of Lamouchi’s better players.

Gaetan Bong – 3

As far as debut’s go this was up there with the worst. Started sluggish and in the second half completely capitulated. Correctly substituted.

Ben Watson – 6

Didn’t do a lot wrong. Tried to break things up in midfield and although he misplaced a few passes, they were mainly down to the gale-force winds.

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Ryan Yates – 4

Offers absolutely nothing to the Forest team in Lamouchi’s system. This isn’t the first time that Yates has been a passenger during the 2019/20 campaign.

Adama Diakhaby – 5

Tried desperately to get Forest into the game with a string of lung-busting runs. The final decision often proved a problem, although it certainly wasn’t through a lack of effort.

Tiago Silva – 5

Not his best performance, although the decision to take him off and not put on Joao Carvalho was bizarre, to say the least.

Joe Lolley – 7

Forest’s best player by a mile. Was often doubled up on by the opposition and Charlton stifled his threat. Ran his socks off again though.

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Tyler Walker – 5

Try as he might the ball just wouldn’t go in for him. Hit the post in the first half and fired straight at Dillion Phillips when nicely poised in the second.


Matty Cash (Bong, 59′) – 6

Gave Forest more balance but struggled to get going as a substitute as he does when he plays from the start.

Alfa Semedo (Silva, 59′) – 5

A bizarre decision to even put the defence-minded Semedo on when Forest were desperately craving a goal.

Nuno Da Costa (Yates, 70′) – 5

Barely touched the ball and like Walker was fed on a diet of scraps.

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