Nottingham Forest were forced to settle for a draw against Preston North End after Jayden Stockley cancelled out Lewis Grabban’s early opener.

The Reds talisman made it 20 for the campaign from the penalty spot, becoming the first Forest man to hit the landmark in a single campaign since 2002/03.


Forest ended a pretty disappointing week with a decent point at Deepdale, keeping Alex Neil’s men at arm’s length in their quest to reach the play-offs.

Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi made several changes ahead of Wednesday’s big game with Swansea City and time will tell whether that decision proved a good one.

Following the 1-1 draw at Preston, we looked at the performance of the players and marked them out of 10.

Brice Samba – 7

Made a crucial save late on and looked to be edging back to his best at coming for a few late crosses.

Carl Jenkinson – 7

A game of two halves for the former Arsenal man. The first 45 was that of a man who hadn’t played for six months but he improved in the second producing great block to stop Preston going in front.

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Michael Dawson – 6

Coped with Preston’s aerial presence pretty well and looked in decent shape having not featured much this season.

Joe Worrall – 7

Produced a wonderful late block with his face and was solid as a rock at the back alongside Dawson.

Yuri Ribeiro – 6

The Portuguese left-back got forward well but didn’t seem quite as solid defensively. A rare off day for the Forest defender.

Ben Watson – 7

Dictated the tempo for Forest in his usual holding role and broke up play excellently from midfield.

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Ryan Yates – 6.5

Lots of running from the academy graduate who worked tirelessly throughout.

Samba Sow – 6

Slowly edging back to full fitness and could still be a big player between now and the end of the season.

Sammy Ameobi – 7

Was a useful outlet for Forest and probably had the best chance of the second half for the Reds, curling an effort just beyond Declan Rudd’s post.

Nuno Da Costa – 8

The Cape Verdian’s best performance in a Forest shirt. He won an early penalty and dazzled the Preston defence with a string of tricks and flicks.

Lewis Grabban – 7

Cooly tucked away his penalty kick and in doing so hit the 20 goal mark for the campaign.


Tiago Silva (Sow, 68′) – 6

Alex Mighten (Da Costa, 82′) – 6

Adama Diakhaby (Ameobi, 89′) – N/A

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