Former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Steve Sutton lauded Brice Samba live on BBC Radio Nottingham last night during the 0-0 draw with Luton Town.
The Congolese goalkeeper saved a stunning penalty from Elijah Adebayo in the second half and then produced a remarkable reflex save in injury time.
Samba has played in every game since Steve Cooper arrived on Trentside. This was just his fourth clean sheet of the season though and he will view that as being timely.
The 27-year-old signed for the Reds in 2019 from Caen. Since checking in it’s been something of a rollercoaster ride; although he has established himself as the club’s number one.
A popular member of the dressing room, Samba has had his critics in the stands before. This was a night to celebrate his brilliance though after he kept Luton at bay.
Sutton was mightily impressed and he knows a thing or two about keeping goal for Forest. He made 199 appearances for the Reds and lauded Samba for his latest showing.
He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “Samba’s done his job, that’s what he’s there for! The save at the end is what he trains all week for – reaction work.
“It’s a fantastic save through a crowd of players.”
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Some supporters still won’t give Samba an ounce of praise even after a performance of this nature. Many will see it as the least he can do given that he’s made so many errors this season.
Since Cooper arrived though he’s been pretty impressive. He hasn’t always covered himself in glory but during the last couple of months, the mistakes have been few and far between.
Sutton knows a good save when he sees one and Samba should take great pride in receiving praise from a cult Forest hero. Now, the challenge is to produce this level of performance on a more frequent basis.