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Nottingham Forest: Ben Watson proves selfless in priceless away win for the Reds

Nottingham Forest: Ben Watson proves selfless in priceless away win for the Reds

Nottingham Forest beat Fulham 2-1 in a shock win at Craven Cottage, with one player’s performance, in particular, deserving of praise.

Sabri Lamouchi’s side took a very early lead when Jack Robinson crossed for Lewis Grabban, who tucked in at the far post.

The Reds doubled their lead when Grabban smashed the ball in at the near post after the ball had been won back in midfield by Sammy Ameobi.

There were stunning performances all over the field, with Grabban, Samba Sow and Jack Robinson all impressing in their side’s first away win of the season.

Grabban scored a brace to take his tally for the season up to four in the first four games of the season (via BBC Sport).

Meanwhile, Robinson assisted the first goal with a quite magnificent cross from the left-hand side. The 25-year-old also attempted the joint-second most tackles, made the most blocks and won the third-most aerial duels (via WhoScored).

Sow proved a towering figure as he bossed the midfield for Forest, winning the most interceptions for Lamouchi’s side (via WhoScored).

However, it was the performance of veteran midfielder Ben Watson, which really seemed to surpass many viewers.

The 34-year-old kept it simple in midfield as he put it an all-round midfield performance. Watson attempted the most tackles, made the second-most interceptions and the second-most blocks in the side (via WhoScored).

It was his influence on the ball which really catches the eye from a Forest point-of-view, especially away against the high-flying Fulham. The veteran had 39 touches, losing possession on just two occasions (via WhoScored)

His performance was highlighted by Nottinghamshire Live, who gave the midfielder a 7/10 as they highlighted his selfless play in the middle of the pitch.

They said: “A show of faith to pick him and leave Silva on the bench. The veteran played well though and kept Forest ticking over in midfield, allowing others to get forward.” (Source: Nottinghamshire Live)

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