A second-string Nottingham Forest outfit drew 2-2 with Notts County on Tuesday night. Sam Surridge and Cafu scored for the Reds and here are our player ratings:

Jordan Smith – 5

Awful error for the second Notts County goal which frankly highlighted exactly why he’s a third-choice goalkeeper. He did make two good saves on the night.

Giulian Biancone – 6

Looked okay but the Frenchman will probably need a settling-in period to life in England. Does look accustomed to playing in a number of positions which will prove useful.

Loic Mbe Soh – 8

Looks to have worked really hard on his game in pre-season. On this performance, he might find himself playing a squad player role during 2022/23.

Aaron Donnelly – 7

Looks assured and highlighted that he wasn’t fazed by anything an energetic Notts County side threw at him.

Alex Mighten – 7

Grew into the game and got onto the ball a bit more in the second half. His pace proved a constant threat but Steve Cooper must still be wondering what to do with the player next season.

Cafu – 8

Scored a tremendous free kick from distance and set up the first goal. Did quite well and always maintains a calm persona whenever he’s called upon.

Forest player ratings
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Ryan Yates – 6

Clearly lacking match practice and gave some needless free-kicks away. He did, however, complete some decent passes.

Richie Laryea – 7

Gets forward really well but is another example of a player who is struggling amid a lack of regular game time. Will probably head out on loan.

Braian Ojeda – 4

Does some good things but also gives the ball away a lot. Simply needs to believe in himself a bit more when in possession.

Sam Surridge – 7

Give this boy an inch in front of goal and he will emphatically finish. His goal just prior to half-time was typical of the Forest youngster as he opened his body and finished brilliantly.

Lyle Taylor – 4

Lots of running without ever really getting a chance to score. Will surely be heading out on loan during this transfer window.


Zach Abbott – 6

Might have done better with the Notts first goal but as a youngster stepping up he looked pretty useful.

Oliver Hammond – 7

Has a bit of Ben Osborn about him. Works tirelessly in the midfield engine room and isn’t afraid to spray the ball around the park.

Billy Fewster – 7

Looks very capable on the ball and perhaps just needs to show a little bit more when out of possession. Certainly looks like one for the future though.

Dale Taylor – 6

Looks built for senior football already but will probably have to remain patient next season and focus on playing under-23 football.

Ateef Konate – 6

Another player who looks capable enough and has a bright future ahead of him.

Justin Hanks – N/A

Introduced very late in the piece.

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