Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba roared back to form with a heroic display against Preston on Saturday.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper kept the Lilywhites at bay with three superb saves as Forest held onto a 1-0 lead.

Samba earned recognition from the EFL who named him as the custodian in the Championship Team of the Week.

The stopper has come under-fire at various points during 2020/21 by a certain section of supporters.

Some have felt that he has become erratic and clumsy after enjoying a solid campaign last season.

In recent weeks he has kicked on, however, and now looks like the stopper which Forest signed for £1.8 million during the summer of 2019.

Samba has played 23 games this season and has made 65 saves in the process (Who Scored).

Of course, some of these have been routine but it perhaps suggests his form is on an upward curve once again.

 

Has Samba been unfairly treated by supporters?

Probably not, given that his form was off the pace earlier during the season.

Samba seems to be a confidence player, however, and when he was shipping earlier in the season he seemed down in the dumps.

Something seems to have clicked though and on Saturday he edged back to his best.

His two second-half saves were superb and he more than earned his place in the Team of the Week.

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Some had used his form earlier in the campaign to suggest he’s never been any good and that quite simply, isn’t true.

Samba was calm, composed and commanded his box with aplomb when he first arrived last season.

He also moves along his line extremely quick and his distribution is often excellent.

Saturday was a gigantic leap in the right direction and supporters will now hope Samba’s worst form is behind him.

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