Nottingham Forest beat Fulham 1-0 on Tuesday night and Brice Samba produced a vintage display to keep another clean sheet.

The Reds won the game thanks to a Philip Zinckernagel goal after just 15 minutes and they defended the lead impeccably well.

Part of their solidity was based on some sound goalkeeper from Forest’s Congolese stopper.

Earlier this season, Samba let his guard and his teammates down during a 2-2 draw against Stoke.

The 28-year-old might have owed Ryan Yates a pint after his late equaliser ensured Samba’s moment of madness didn’t cost the Reds a deal.

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He punched Phil Jagielka in the box and with Forest using all three subs, Joe Worrall was forced in goal for the final stages of the contest.

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Samba was forced to serve a three-match ban. Such was Ethan Horvath’s form, however, he was actually absent for seven matches.

The American was late back from international duty ahead of Forest’s game with Blackpool earlier this month, opening the door for Samba.

He hasn’t looked back and some statistics have proved that he’s back to his focused and driven self.

According to FBRef, the football statistics website, Samba has the highest save percentage of any goalkeeper in the Championship; saving 75.9% of all shots he has faced this season.

Forest are lucky to have Samba

The goalkeeper is a fan favourite on Trentside, largely due to his gamesmanship antics known to see games out for Forest.

Alongside that trait, however, he is also a really good goalkeeper at Championship level.

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Samba has kept 14 clean sheets this season and it’s perhaps bizarre that some fans have never really taken to him.

The man signed from Caen showcased unreal handling at Craven Cottage and the save he made from Fabio Carvalho was just sublime.

Samba is so important to Forest and it’s time some respect was placed on his name.

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