Chris Hughton is nicely settling into life at Nottingham Forest, collecting 12 points from his first seven games in charge at the City Ground.

The Reds sailed into the international break with six points from their final two games against Coventry City and Wycombe Wanderers.

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Things have certainly improved since Sabri Lamouchi departed but Hughton will hope to continue learning about his squad.

With the new boss now settled at the club, we had a look at three players who must be viewed as unsung heroes since he arrived at the club.


Brice Samba

Samba came in for some criticism at the end of last season but he is now edging back to his best.

The 26-year-old stopper made six saves against Coventry and five against Wycombe, highlighting the form he is in.

Samba checked in during the summer of 2019, costing £1.9 million from Caen.

He quickly established himself as the first choice goalkeeper last season and is now in the same role this time around.

Samba also made important saves to keep Forest in the recent game against Derby and deserves some praise for his form since Hughton’s arrival.

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Jack Colback

Bound to divide opinion with some fans still of the opinion that Forest were wrong to re-sign the midfielder for a third time.

Colback in the last couple of games has been brilliant though and that can only bode well for the Reds.

The 31-year-old keeps things simple in the midfield engine room and against Coventry and Wycombe his break-up play was tremendous.

There is, of course, more work for Colback to do.

The progress under Hughton has been evident though and the player Forest know and love looks to be edging back into form.

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Yuri Ribeiro

Might sound strange to consider him a unsung hero of Hughton’s time in charge but he’s been a big player in the last week.

The Portuguese performer came in from the cold for the Coventry game and kept his place in the team as Wycombe arrived on Trentside.

It could be a small coincidence that Forest have claimed six points since the 23-year-old has been restored to the side.

It’s more likely, however, that Ribeiro has proved that when fit he is comfortably the best left-back currently in Hughton’s squad.

With Nicholas Ioannou set to return from suspension for the trip to Barnsley, Hughton has a big decision to make.

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