Nottingham Forest produced a strong display to beat Millwall at the City Ground. A brace from Sammy Ameobi and a Ryan Yates goal ensured a comfortable afternoon for the Reds.
Chris Hughton’s men are now unbeaten for seven games in all competitions and the green shoots of recovery are evident for Forest.
Millwall boss Gary Rowett conceded afterwards that his side deserved nothing from the contest and praised Forest for their efforts.
It was a solid all-round performance by the Reds and one which delighted supporters in the process.
Following the latest home win we looked at the players’ performances and marked their efforts out of 10.
Brice Samba – 7
Was probably fouled in the build-up to Millwall’s goal but deserved his clean sheet. Flapped at a couple in the first-half but regained his composure.
Cyrus Christie – 7.5
Probably his best display in a Forest shirt. The on-loan Fulham performer has looked far better with Joe Worrall operating on the right-hand side of central defence.
Joe Worrall – 8
The academy graduate was superb at the heart of the defence and went about his business in an accomplished manner.
Scott McKenna – 8
Has there been a better permanent Forest addition in the last five years than McKenna? Was solid once again, coped brilliantly with Millwall’s physicality and plays out from the back beautifully.
Yuri Ribeiro – 7.5
The left-back did have a tough time up against Lions youngster Danny McNamara but grew into the game and got forward extremely well.
Samba Sow – 9
Forest’s battering ram in midfield, his aggressive run in the first half gave Sammy Ameobi the chance to open the scoring. It’s no coincidence the Reds have gone on a run since he returned to the side.
Ryan Yates – 8.5
His passing radar was a little off early doors but he grew into the game to produce one of his better Forest performances. Scored a tremendous goal and broke play up nicely when Millwall went on the attack.
Sammy Ameobi – 9
Deserves his rating for two scrumptious goals. The 28-year-old has looked out of sorts this season but hopefully this was a sign that he is edging back to his best.
Cafu – 8
The Portuguese performer made five key passes during the contest and one in particular for Lewis Grabban was superb. One thing Cafu isn’t afraid to do is put a shift in and his work rate was a real bonus against Millwall.
Alex Mighten – 8
Was quiet for large parts of the contest but when he comes alive he is a joy to behold. His mesmerising trickery in the second half had Millwall bamboozled and his neat one-two with Ameobi led to Forest’s second goal.
Lewis Grabban – 7
Should have scored early doors and didn’t receive an awful lot of service once again. The challenge remains to get the ball into Grabban but he did work his socks off once again.