Nottingham Forest drew 1-1 with Brentford on Saturday to claim another step towards securing their Championship status.

The Reds found themselves behind early on when Ivan Toney scored from the penalty spot having been pulled over by Gaetan Bong.

Forest stayed focused though and roared back in the second half, with Chris Hughton’s men arguably the better side.

Filip Krovinovic fired home for the Reds in the 63rd minute with a neatly taken goal from inside the penalty area.

This was a vastly improved performance from the midweek defeat to Norwich and plenty of positives can be taken.

Following another point added to the tally we looked at Forest’s best three players from today’s game.

James Garner

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The on-loan Manchester United man has now played 12 times for the Reds and this was arguably his best performance.

Garner was comfortable in possession and showcased a superb array of passing talent throughout the contest.

Alongside Cafu in the middle of the park the duo ensured that Forest largely dictated the tempo of the contest.


In truth, Brentford didn’t really get near him and this was a performance that simply oozed class.

Cyrus Christie

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The right-back has come under-fire from some supporters this season but of late he’s been really good.

This performance was the tip of the iceberg for his time at Forest and his two blocks in the second half were superb.

He does perhaps lack some composure when asked to maraud forwards but recently he has played really well.

Christie is on-loan from Fulham where his contract expires during the summer.

Signing him might be a long shot but if he could showcase this level of performance regularly, he’d be a very decent Championship defender.


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Any supporter not rating the Portuguese performer at this stage simply doesn’t like the fact he’s an overseas player signed without Championship experience.

He once again justified his inclusion in Hughton’s team with a performance that showcased passion, fighting spirit and real quality on the ball.

Right now, he is one of the first names on the team-sheet and long may his good form continue for the Reds.

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