Brentford players’ ratings against Nottingham Forest: Bong makes amends as loaned man from Manchester United pulls strings
Nottingham Forest came from behind to win a 1-1 draw at Brentford, thanks to Filip Krovinovic’s equalizer.
The Bees have been one of the league’s in form teams this season, so Chris Hughton’s men can be rightly satisfied after saving a game that could easily have been lost.
Here’s how Leigh Curtis rated the Reds’ players …
Brice Samba:Beaten by a cold penalty from Ivan Toney who scored his 28th goal of the season, other than that his reflexes weren’t overly tested and when he was involved it was mostly routine saves. The woodwork saved him from conceding a second. 6
Cyrus Christie: Put a few crosses in the box, one of which was an absolute fishing in the second half, and can see his frustration when no one puts them on the end. Almost a winner too. Shiny block at the end. 7
Tobias Figueiredo: Brentford rarely opened Forest in the middle and the Portuguese defender created some crucial challenges. A solid match alongside Scott McKenna. 6
Scott McKenna: Was confronted by Toney, who is the deadliest attacker in the division. It was a fascinating battle between the couple and one the Scotsman clearly enjoyed. 6
Gaétan Bong: Got involved in a wrestling match in the penalty area when he didn’t need to and was penalized. But made amends with a formidable cross which led to the equalizer. 5
James Garner: A driving force for the midfielder in the early stages as he struck over the bar from a distance and the loaned Manchester United midfielder was in possession of balls. 8
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Cafu: Played in a midfield role in which he is much more comfortable than a 10. Played a key role in the equalizer when he won possession in midfield and advanced. 6
Alex Mighty: Forest’s brightest attack spark. It seemed like it meant a lot to be him to receive the jersey and when he started running towards the Bees’ defense he freaked them out. 7
Philippe Krovinovic: Neat and tidy should be his middle names, but he eventually nabbed his first goal for the club by simply maintaining his position when Bong’s cross entered the box. Took it well too. 6
Sammy Ameobi: Drifted in and out of the game. The effort was there, but hard to remember a moment when it made a telling impact in the final third. 4
Lewis Grabban: Had a great chance before half-time when he headed for the bar when he should at least have hit the target. Continued to plow and made a nuisance in preparation for Krovinovic’s goal. 5
Youri Ribeiro (Bong 64): Produced some crucial challenges and defended well when he came on after the equalizer. 5
Glenn Murray (Grabban 80): Won a few movies, but the odds didn’t come while he was in the field. 5
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