Forest 2-1 Toon Player Ratings: heroic Darlow


Forest 2-1 Toon –

Here are The Football Lab’s Player Ratings for Nottingham Forest’s dramatic 2-1 win over 9-man Newcastle.

Nottingham Forest

Vladimir Stojkovic – one or two nervy moments. Not always called upon due to the circumstances of the match but not the most convincing when he was. 4

Matt Mills – could have given away a penalty when he grabbed Clark’s shirt. 4
Damien Perquis – reasonably solid in the first half, never tested after the break. 6
Michael Mancienne – taken off at half-time due to circumstances rather than performance. 5

Matty Cash – caused problems for Dummett in the first half hour. Adds pace to the side. 7
Henri Lansbury – won both penalties and provoked sendings off, unsavourily so to some. Most of the play went through him in the second half. 8
Pajtim Kasami – showed a reluctance to close down Shelvey in the first half hour. Could have moved into wide areas more often after the break. 4
Thomas Lam – disciplined early on, but his cautious mentality was surplus to requirements against 9 men and he was taken off on 65 minutes. 5
Eric Lichaj – played one excellent cross-field pass in the first half that set Cash through. Was Forest’s main attacking outlet after the break. 8

Ben Osborn – ran in behind a few times in the first half. Surprisingly did that less after the break, due to Toon sitting deep but still linked play. 7
Nicklas Bendtner – isolated in the first half but didn’t show the pace and work rate required. Saw his penalty saved but scored early in the second half. 3

Britt Assombalonga (on 45) – didn’t look as sharp as he can be, but assisted Bendtner for the equalizer. 5
Mustapha Carayol (on 65) – combined well with Lichaj and was direct in possession. Crossing could have been better but a positive impact overall. 7
Apostolos Vellios (on 79) – caused problems with his physical presence. Did more in 11 minutes than Bendtner did in 79. 8

Newcastle United

Karl Darlow – his double-penalty saving heroics amid stick from fans of his old club deserved greater reward. 9

DeAndre Yedlin – had to allow Carayol and Lichaj space second half but his forward runs drew fouls which relieved pressure on the defence. 7
Jamaal Lascelles – bullied Bendtner in the first half and got to the near post for every cross after the break. His outstanding performance cruelly ended in an own goal. 9
Ciaran Clark – could have both won a penalty and scored in the first half, had his seemingly legitimate goal been allowed. 8
Paul Dummett – didn’t offer the attacking overlaps to make up for his defensive struggles. The challenge that led to his dismissal was clumsy but arguably more worthy of a yellow card. 2

Isaac Hayden – his gritty defensive qualities were more suited to the nature of the second half than the first. Passed sideways and backwards too often before the break. 5
Jonjo Shelvey – a performance with shades of Zidane – and not just in a good way. Best player on the pitch until his stupid retaliation saw him sent off. 7

Matt Ritchie – started slowly but grew into the first half and scored the opener. Couldn’t showcase his creative talents after the break. 5
Ayoze Perez – offered little despite the ball spending a lot of the time in his half. Unsurprising that he was sacrificed in a half-time defensive change. 2
Yoan Gouffran – offered little bar his shot just wide from range midway through the first half. Suffered from a lack of support from Dummett. 4
Dwight Gayle – worked hard after the break with no support. Offered next to nothing first half and didn’t produce when Toon were on top. 2

Vurnon Anita (on 45) – showed much-needed versatility. Popped up everywhere to make clearances and Forest once needed five players to stop him counter-attacking on his own. 8
Mohamed Diame (on 77) – brought on for Gouffran to add some athleticism and carry the ball up the pitch. Always chased Lichaj and Carayol back. 6
Aleksandar Mitrovic (on 87) – got the fans going and could have won a penalty when he had his shirt pulled. 5


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