Brice Samba is edging back to his best and the Nottingham Forest goalkeeper is enjoying his football once more.

The custodian saved a penalty on Saturday to help the Reds to a vital three points, capping a fine afternoon for the Congolese star.

What followed his save from Adam Armstrong typified that the 26-year-old’s confidence is sky-high.

Last season when Forest were in decent form, Samba often turned into the pantomime villain to preserve three points.

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On Saturday that aspect of his game returned with a vengeance and supporters are loving it.

Samba has copped a fair bit of criticism this season but since the turn of the year, something has clicked.

Despite what some Forest critics will have you believe, a couple of dodgy performances doesn’t define someone with class as a bad player.

Samba has oozed class at certain times during his City Ground career and is now showing supporters what he is all about again.


There was a moment on Saturday where Samba seemed to take an eternity to take a free-kick in the 94th minute.

The goalkeeper made out at the time that he was unsure where the kick should be taken.

His Twitter take on it perhaps suggests he was taking the proverbial out of the officials – and Blackburn Rovers.


Samba’s traits are mildly amusing when they come off but some caution must be taken.

Teams will be aware of this sort of thing and as a result, they’ll take great pleasure in getting one over Forest and Samba.

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The most pleasing aspect of the escapade is that the ex-Caen man now looks to have a smile on his face once again.

Samba is a good goalkeeper at Championship level and his current form can only bode well for the remainder of the campaign.

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