Nottingham Forest collected what could prove to be a priceless point against Middlesbrough after a frustrating night in Middlesbrough.

Lewis Grabban’s goal ensured Forest left with a point, with the striker’s 17th goal of the season squaring things up at 2-2.


Forest led through Ryan Yates in the first-half, although goals from Rudy Gestede and Lewis Wing saw Boro in front at the interval.

It wasn’t Forest at their best and Sabri Lamouchi will know his team need to be better if they are to cement their place in the play-offs.

Following last night’s performance, Nottingham Forest News analysed the players’ performance and rated them out of 10:

Brice Samba – 5

Was at fault for the second goal and just didn’t seem his usual composed self.

Matty Cash – 6

Hayden Coulson provided him with a stern test but largely he did okay.

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Joe Worrall – 6

Could perhaps have done more to prevent Gestede heading home a Boro equaliser but did look more robust in the second half.

Tobias Figueiredo – 6

Typically efficient at the back and made several strong blocks to thwart the Boro attack.

Yuri Ribeiro – 6

A relatively quiet night for the Portuguese performer. He did get forward well, particularly in the second half.

Ben Watson – 6

Did look a little bit jaded as the game wore on. At 34, however, that isn’t a surprise and he is still an important player.

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Ryan Yates – 6

Scored a decent goal and got on the ball a little bit more. Just sometimes lacks a bit of composure with the ball at his feet.

Alfa Semedo – 5

Couldn’t back up his second-half showing at Cardiff with a strong performance and was withdrawn.

Joe Lolley – 6

Often had three men around him and struggled to really get going for the Reds.

Sammy Ameobi – 5

Not the best night at the office for Ameobi who like Lolley found a combative Boro defence doubling up on him.

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Lewis Grabban – 7

Deserves his rating for his work-rate alone. Scored a very clever equaliser for the Reds and ran his socks off throughout.


Adama Diakhaby (Ameobi, 56′) – 4

A poor performance from the loanee. Gets on the ball but his decision making highlights a man badly struggling with a lack of confidence.

Joao Carvalho (Ameobi, 69) – 7

A very decent cameo by the Portuguese maestro who showed more creativity in 20 minutes than others did in 90.

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John Bostock (Yates, 78′) – 7

To say he’s not featured for some time, he showed an awful lot of character. Looked neat and tidy when he came on.

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