Nottingham Forest put in an improved performance against Watford last night during a goalless draw.

The Reds ended a run of three straight defeats and although it became the fourth game without a goal, there were some positives to take.

Forest probably looked the most likely to find a breakthrough last night and Chris Hughton will be encouraged by his team’s performance.

Following last night’s improved display we looked at Forest’s three best players against the Hornets.

Joe Worrall

Had an instant impact on his return to the side, helping Forest to their third clean sheet of the campaign.

Worrall returned from a broken foot to captain the side and looked solid at centre-back.

His form, along with many other players, tailed off towards the end of last season and he’ll be keen to make amends.

This was a positive start and the role of captain seemed to enhance his performance.

It’s only one 90 minutes but he looks like quickly becoming a mainstay in the team once again.

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Solid if unspectacular would be a pretty fair assessment of the Portuguese midfielder’s performance last night.

His energy and drive was admirable and he gave Forest something a little bit different in midfield.

The 27-year-old started a game for the first time since arriving in England during the summer transfer window.

He never stopped running and forced the opposition into several mistakes with his high pressing qualities.

One to watch going forward for the Reds.

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Tobias Figueiredo

Correctly took some criticism on Sunday for a disappointing performance against Swansea but he stood up to be counted last night.

The 26-year-old was badly out of sorts at the weekend but in Scott McKenna’s absence he was allowed a reprieve.

Figueiredo seemed far more comfortable with Worrall alongside him and the pair coped very well with the threat of Troy Deeney.

McKenna has been impressive this season and if he is fit to return on Saturday, Hughton has an extremely big decision to make.

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