West Brom player ratings vs Nottingham Forest – Outstanding Worrall, Garner back to best of draw – .

West Brom player ratings vs Nottingham Forest – Outstanding Worrall, Garner back to best of draw – .

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Nottingham Forest recorded a third straight draw, winning a point in a goalless draw against West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies were reduced to 10 men in the second half, but the Reds couldn’t find a way to secure the victory.

Boss Steve Cooper made four changes to his starting XI for the team that drew 0-0 at home with Luton Town on Tuesday night, and returned to a 3-4-3 lineup.

With Jack Colback suspended, Gaetan Bong took over as left winger, while Ryan Yates, Tobias Figueiredo and Lewis Grabban also entered the roster as Joe Lolley, Braian Ojeda and Lyle Taylor fell to the bench.

The Reds were forced into the back foot from the start as the hosts appeared to be off to a good start.

Joe Worrall hampered Conor Townsend’s effort, but although the ball fell nicely for Alex Mowatt, he could only shoot away from outside the box.

However, it was Brice Samba who was forced to make the first stop of the evening.

Grady Diangana got the better of Bong and cut inside before letting go in the 18th minute. The ball seemed to squeeze to the near post, but Samba managed to push it straight back to the line.

This earned the Reds stopper a chorus of appreciation from the away team.

Albion had the best of a desperately short-lived first half, seeing a lot more of the ball. However, they struggled to forge too many clear chances, as the visitors stoically defended themselves.

However, Forest had a drop in the half hour, as Darnell Furlong recovered a good opportunity on the bar thanks to the reduction of Karlan Grant. And the latter then saw a free kick pass well above the bar shortly after.

At the other end of the pitch, Cooper’s side struggled to make much progress, with little offensive threat to show as the last ball let them down.

However, they came out sharper in the second half. James Garner saw a first effort blocked from the edge of the box, while Joe Worrall took matters into his own hands as he strode forward.

The center-back didn’t have many options in front of him, however, and when he looked to pass to Philip Zinckernagel, the Baggies snatched the ball and broke to pace. Grant’s temperamental finishes meant they weren’t getting the most out of it.

Worrall then contributed with a vital block when Callum Robinson broke through.

Brennan Johnson’s deflected strike drew a save from Sam Johnstone in the 69th minute, before Albion fell to 10 men when Jayson Molumby was sent off for a second bookable offense.

The Reds tried to capitalize on their power play as Grabban had a blocked shot and Yates headed for a corner, but they couldn’t find the breakthrough.

Here’s how Reds reporter Sarah Clapson rated Forest players at The Hawthorns.

Referee Gavin Ward shows Jayson Molumby of West Bromwich Albion a second yellow card during the match against Nottingham Forest
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Brice Samba: Made a great save in the first 20 minutes to keep Grady Diangana, but wasn’t too troubled afterwards. Too bad Forest can’t quite make the most of playing from behind sometimes. Rating: 7/10

Joe Worrall: Exceptional. From making vital blocks and winning countless heads to grab the bull by the horns as it soared forward in the second half. Was really up for this one. Rating: 8.5 / 10

Tobias Figueiredo: Played his part in a pretty solid defensive performance as the hosts found themselves on the back foot for much of the first half. Limited Albion to a few chances. Rating: 7/10

Scott McKenna: Confused with Brice Samba at first as the goalkeeper tried to pass the ball. I didn’t do too much harm otherwise, a night when the defense held up. Rating: 7/10

Djed Spence: I had a rough night as the Baggies applied a lot of pressure on that side. Advance further in an improved second half, in attack, by the visitors. Rating: 6/10

Ryan Yates: I got stuck because the game turned out to be a real battle. Had a chance towards the end, but could only cross the bar at close range. Rating: 6/10

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James Garner: Well, back to being himself at The Hawthorns. A cold-blooded image in the middle of the field, and a puzzler to backtrack on one occasion, foiling an attack from Albion. Rating: 8/10

Gaetan Bong: Disappointing to hear him booed by the local supporters. Reds fans responded by chanting his name, but it must not have been easy for him to hear. A few moments of nervousness, especially in the first half. Rating: 5/10

Brennan Johnson: Pace got the Baggies in trouble when he got the ball, but Forest didn’t use it often enough. Had better luck after the break, getting closer with a deflected effort. Rating: 7/10

Lewis Grabban: I didn’t look in front of goal a lot. I worked tirelessly, I just could have done with a little better decision making on occasion. Rating: 6/10

Philip Zinckernagel: A few unusually poor touches sometimes in the first 45 minutes when there was very little quality on display. Never really entered the game. Rating: 5/10


Joe Lolley (for Zinckernagel, 66 mins): Really brilliant when he came in. So close to the end of a Bong crossover towards the end. Rating: 7/10

Alex Mighten (for Figueiredo, 72mins): Some promising moments just couldn’t force a breakthrough against 10 men. Rating: 6/10

Unused subtitles: Horvath, Cafu, Ojeda, Drager, Taylor.

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