Nottingham Forest were held to a 1-1 draw by Rotherham United at the City Ground last night, with Sammy Ameobi scoring late on to earn a share of the spoils.

Dan Barlaser’s penalty had given the visitors the lead just after half-time but Forest rallied and got their just rewards.

 

The Reds would have won at a canter on another night but sadly it wasn’t to be for Chris Hughton’s men.

Four points from two games has to be viewed as a decent start to his tenure and Forest now look ahead to Derby on Friday.

Following last night’s game, we have a look at Forest’s three best players from the contest.

Scott McKenna

The Scotland defender looks like become a really good signing for Forest and this was another strong performance.

The 23-year-old saw an effort cleared off the line last night, highlighting his presence in the opposition box rather than his own.

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Having a left-footer at the back certainly brings more balance and McKenna’s no-nonsense trait is a useful asset.

He headed and kicked everything last night, whilst also proving that he can get things moving by playing it out from the back.

The man who could potentially cost £6 million was excellent last night.

Harry Arter

Seems strange to consider a player who only featured for 20 minutes as a ‘best player’ but Forest look a completely different team with Arter on the pitch.

Arter is viewed by some as a holding player but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Whilst the 30-year-old isn’t averse to getting stuck in, he is more about playing through the lines and getting the team moving in the right direction.

His defence-splitting pass for Lewis Grabban was a joy to behold and on another night the Forest talisman sticks his chance away.

Arter should be the first name on the team-sheet for Friday when the Reds will hope to defeat Derby.

Tobias Figueiredo

Some supporters struggled to understand why he was considered for Man of the Match on Saturday at Blackburn – but surely there were no doubts here.

Figueiredo’s return to the side is arguably the best decision made by Hughton since his arrival and he looks solid alongside McKenna.

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The Portuguese enforcer deeply cares about defending his box and barely gave the Rotherham attackers a kick last night.

Signed for £1.3 million from Sporting Lisbon, hopefully, Figueiredo can now kick on after his disappointing form at the back end of last season.

Like McKenna, the 26-year-old made some crucial tackles and in total honesty, deserved to help his team to a second successive clean sheet.

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