Nottingham Forest left it late to beat Millwall 1-0 at the New Den. Lewis Grabban scored late on but the Reds were indebted to Brice Samba at the opposite end.
The Congolese stopper produced a moment of magic just seconds before Grabban struck. He kept out an effort from former Derby striker Mason Bennett with the game heading into injury time.
The 34-year-old celebrated his birthday this week. He rounded off a great week in style by scoring his 12th goal of the season and his second in as many games.
Forest warmed up for next weekend’s huge game against Derby in style. The Rams beat Sheffield United 2-0 to make it four wins from their last five and they head to Nottingham in sound form.
With Samba between the posts though, Forest will take some beating. He was in superb form against the Lions and stayed strong to deny Millwall a big three points of their own.
Samba has come under fire at various points over the last 12 months for his form. Ultimately though, he’s one of the top goalkeepers in the division when he’s at his best.
What have Forest fans said about Samba?
It’s fair to say that they’re ecstatic with his showing against Millwall. Plenty have raved about him on Twitter after the win yesterday afternoon.
Samba has grown under Steve Cooper. He lost his place in the team for Chris Hughton’s last game in charge against Middlesbrough.
Ethan Horvath didn’t cover himself in glory though and ultimately, Samba’s stint on the sidelines lasted just one game.
His heroics near the end of yesterday’s game arguably earned him Man of the Match status and fans have been quick to rave about him.
Here is what the fan base had to say on Twitter shortly after the full-time whistle.