Former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Steve Sutton claimed live on air last night that had he been Ethan Horvath, he’d feel slightly annoyed with Steve Cooper.
The head coach made the difficult call to stick with Brice Samba between the posts, naming an unchanged team from Saturday’s win at Blackpool.
The Congolese performer had deputised for Horvath after he was delayed on his return to Forest from international duty.
Horvath played seven games for Forest. He made three appearances when Samba was suspended and then kept his place in the team.
Now, it would appear that the gloves are back with Samba for the foreseeable, with the player keeping a clean sheet last night.
Sutton said on air last night that the American would have every right to feel upset with Cooper.
He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “I think I would be a little bit aggrieved if I was Ethan Horvath. He’s done nothing wrong, but that’s the way it is.”
Samba made a couple of smart stops and his ability at plucking balls from the sky looked back to its very best.
The 27-year-old stopper has perhaps learned a very harsh lesson following his sending off against Stoke.
The goalkeeper is a player who loves being out on the pitch and he now looks to have sharpened up and he won’t want to lose his place again.
Forest can now pin their hat on Samba even if Horvath did well
In hindsight maybe Samba getting sent off against Stoke was the best thing that could have happened to him.
For months he’d walked a tightrope with referees and perhaps that one moment of madness was enough to place him back on the straight and narrow.
Samba has looked polished in his last two outings. Last night in particular saw him tested but he was typically brilliant between the posts.
A good goalkeeper is worth an extra 10-15 points a season and Samba should remain the Forest custodian for the remainder of the season.