Nottingham Forest drew 0-0 with Preston North End as their play-off aspirations took a significant blow at Deepdale. In Ethan Horvath, however, they had a player in fine form.
The Reds started brightly with James Garner forcing a save out of the Lilywhites goalkeeper in the first half.
Preston grew though and they were the better side for the majority of the contest.
One man who performed extremely well was goalkeeper Horvath. He came in for the suspended Brice Samba and looked solid throughout the contest.
It wasn’t an easy game to come into. Preston put lots of pressure on the Forest goal and the USA stopper had to stand tall.
He made four saves, made one key punch clear and took one cross out of the sky under pressure that really highlighted his brilliance.
Horvath has been forced to wait patiently for a chance to shine at the City Ground.
He has largely played second fiddle behind Samba and had played just once in the Championship prior to last night.
Horvath will be glad to get his second appearance out of the way. He was forced to sit tight as Friday’s game at Bournemouth was postponed and a clean sheet is a real bonus.
Now he will also keep goal against Bristol City on Saturday and at Sheffield United next Friday.
Clean sheet: Bonus for Horvath as Forest struggle
What a difference a bit of confidence can give a goalkeeper.
Against Middlesbrough in September, a toxic City Ground and a boring Chris Hughton style of play had Forest custodian Horvath’s confidence in tatters.
At Deepdale, he was truly outstanding. He made several good stops, albeit expected ones and also commanded his area particularly well.
This was a performance that showcased a man desperate to prove a point to his manager.
Horvath will take huge confidence from this Forest performance and another clean sheet on Saturday would be absolutely perfect.