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Forest player ratings as Bong and Yates struggle in defeat

Nottingham Forest fell to a second successive defeat as they were beaten 1-0 by Watford at Vicarage Road.

Adam Masina’s goal proved to be the difference between the two sides, in a repeat of the scoreline from Tuesday night when the Reds lost to Luton Town.

Here’s how Leigh Curtis rated the Forest players.

Brice Samba: Could do very little about the goal, but aside from that, most of his work was routine as Forest began to work out how to deal with Watford’s attack. Did a sound job. 6

Cyrus Christie: Delivered a terrific cross into the box in the first half that was crying out for a touch that surely would have resulted in a goal. Demonstrated some quality at times. 6


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Tobias Figueiredo: The centre-backs were not an issue against a dangerous front line and the Portuguese defender was involved in several wrestling matches. A decent 90 minutes. 7

Joe Worrall: Had some fascinating battles with Ismail Sarr in the first half and he won the majority of those duels as he proved his worth to Forest yet again with another fine display. 8

Gaetan Bong: Far too weak against Sarr in the build-up to the first goal and Watford continually looked to expose that side of the pitch with good reason. A poor afternoon for the defender. 4

Ryan Yates: Gave possession away on several occasions particularly in the second half and it was not a surprise, given it was his first game back from injury, that he was substituted. 4

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James Garner: Full of industry on his return to Watford following his loan spell at Vicarage Road earlier in the season. The Manchester United loanee acquitted himself really well. 7

Anthony Knockaert: Could see he was frustrated with the way the game was panning out as shown by some of his body language, but don’t know what he was doing for the first goal. 5

Filip Krovinovic: Had one shot that ballooned over the bar, but sometimes lacks the physical strength. Nice and tidy in tight areas, but didn’t have an impact in the final third. 5



Nottingham Forest’s Tobias Figueiredo, Ryan Yates, Glenn Murray and Joe Worrall track Andre Gray of Watford

Luke Freeman: Like most of Forest’s attack, found it really hard to make a mark on the Watford defence in what was a quiet afternoon from the Sheffield United man. 4

Glenn Murray: The former Brighton striker would have wanted to prove a point against the club where he spent an unproductive loan spell. Worked hard, but had no service whatsoever. 5

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Joe Lolley (Freeman 56): Showed some real touches of class when he came on and looked lively whenever he was given the ball. 5

Cafu (Yates 56): Plenty of energy in the time he was on the pitch and looked close to an equaliser when his deflected effort went just over. 5

Blackett (Bong 80): Came on for the final 10 minutes and was tasked with marking Ismail Sarr, but was never put under serious threat. 5

Lyle Taylor (Krovinovic 80): Tried to make an impact in the time he was on the pitch and had a goal disallowed for offside. Took it really well mind. 5

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