Yesterday, it was exactly a year since Nottingham Forest fans became forever indebted to Brice Samba.

The Reds defeated Sheffield United on penalties to reach the Championship Play-Off Final, with the stopper in mesmerising form.

Samba produced an unbelievable performance prior to the shootout, making two amazing saves from Blades striker Iliman Ndiaye.

Forest Samba
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Then, once the game headed to penalties he produced stops to deny Oliver Norwood, Conor Hourihane and Morgan Gibbs-White.

The scenes on Trentside that night were quite remarkable and Samba hasn’t forgotten about that famous night.

One year on, a lot has happened. Samba has returned to France with Lens and his form has seen him called up to the France national team.

Furthermore, he’s been one of the best goalkeepers in the division and Lens are on the cusp of a Champions League spot.

Plenty of fans would have loved to have seen Samba get a chance in the Premier League.

He was a firm fan favourite way before his Sheffield United heroics and it was a somewhat sad day when he departed the club.

If Forest remain in the Premier League they will lock horns once again next season with United.

The Blades bounced back from play-off heartache to win promotion back to the top flight under Paul Heckingbottom during 2022/23.

Brice Samba sends emotional message to Nottingham Forest supporters

The Reds were reminiscing about the play-off semi-final yesterday during the one-year anniversary.

It’s unthinkable looking back at what Forest managed to achieve during the end of last season and the semi-final and final will live long in the memory.

Now, the man who was so impressive that night has sent an emotional message to the Forest supporters on Twitter.

It read: “Happy anniversary to probably the best game I’ve ever had in my life. Absolutely blessed that day.”

Samba would be welcomed back at the City Ground at any point during his career.

However, he has far bigger fish to fry and next season he should be strutting his stuff in the Champions League with Lens.

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