Nottingham Forest posted a second consecutive 1-0 win after defeating Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.

Ryan Yates scored in the 67th minute to hand the Reds a 10-point cushion between them and the Championship relegation zone.

He turned an effort home after the ball had landed at his feet from a Cyrus Christie cross.

It’s another massive win for Forest and for Chris Hughton who must now prepare his team to face Derby County on Friday night.

In the aftermath of last night’s victory, here are four things we learnt…

Cyrus Christie is silencing the critics

After a solid performance on Saturday, Christie produced a performance at Rotherham which probably should have seen him named Man of the Match.

He was a constant menace driving forward and the defensive side of his game was impeccable throughout.

Christie has come under-fire from various sections of the club’s support but he’s busy ramming the critique back down some throats.

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The 28-year-old is only on loan at the football club, joining from Fulham during the summer transfer window.

Hughton might choose to go in another direction for next season but for now supporters should stick some respect on Christie.

Ryan Yates hands Hughton a headache

It has to be said that the performance of Yates last night certainly wasn’t his best by any means.

He missed two gilt-edged chances – with the offside flag sparing his blushes – and saw his passing radar desert him somewhat.

His passing ratio was down at 72.7% and there is a degree of pace taken out of Forest’s build-up when he does play.

 

Despite that, he did find himself in the right place at the right time to score Forest’s winning goal.

That alone will probably hand Hughton with some food for thought ahead Friday’s game.

James Garner seems certain to play but alongside him it looks a straight toss-up between Yates and Cafu.

Defensively sound

Forest did ride their luck, particularly in the closing stages but Hughton has made Forest difficult to beat.

In the last seven outings the Reds have kept five clean sheets and for that, the boss deserves credit.

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The partnership of Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo has flourished in the absence of Scott McKenna and the whole defensive unit has been sound.

Last night, the Reds were clinging on at the end but it was a deserved clean sheet for the way in which they applied themselves throughout.

Brice Samba between the posts has been edging back to his best of late and the whole defensive unit looks confident.

Freeman continues to struggle

It hasn’t been a great loan spell at the City Ground for Luke Freeman.

He has endured some rotten luck with injuries but when he has been called upon he’s offered very little.

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Last night he managed just 37 touches of the ball, with only Glenn Murray having fewer of any player who started for Forest (Who Scored).

He also had five unsuccessful touches – the most of any Forest player and failed to offer a single key pass.

His two deliveries into the box were both unsuccessful and Hughton has to be looking at Joe Lolley or Alex Mighten for Friday’s derby-day clash.

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