Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Ethan Horvath will be handed a golden chance to establish himself as the club’s number one stopper.

Brice Samba was sent off against Stoke yesterday for a moment of madness that will now rule him out for three games.

Referee Leigh Doughty was left with no choice but to send the stopper off with just two minutes of normal time remaining.

Now Samba will miss trips to Bournemouth and Preston, with the Congolese custodian also banned for the game with Bristol City on Trentside.

Forest Horvath
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Now, all eyes will be on Horvath. The American will have been champing at the bit for another chance after a less than impressive league debut.

He was handed a run-out during Chris Hughton’s final game in charge at home to Middlesbrough.

An error in the second half allowed Onel Hernandez to put the seal on a 2-0 win in a comical fashion.

He has shown glimpses though. During games against Bradford and Wolves in the Carabao Cup, he made some solid stops and his commanding of the penalty area proved impressive.

Steve Cooper has previously said that Horvath has come to Forest to play and now he will get a mini-run in the team.

Horvath now has proper Forest chance

The American will be hoping to himself justice in the coming weeks. He now has a period where he’s pretty much guaranteed to play provided he stays fit.

One thing that should please him is Cooper’s willingness to continue with players who are performing well.

Forest Horvath
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As a result, if Horvath can produce the goods in games against Bournemouth, Preston and Bristol City, he will fancy that Cooper will let him keep the gloves.

Samba has made his bed and now he must lie in it. Horvath will have possession of the number one shirt for three games and he might just fancy keeping it for the remainder of the season.

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