Player ratings between Luton Town and Nottingham Forest

Latest Nottingham Forest news from Nottinghamshire Live as the Reds lose 1-0 at Luton Town

GB About: Nottingham Forest Publish: 04/15/2022 Edit: 04/15/2022 Author: Gardener

Nottingham ForestNottingham Forest's Championship run ended with a 1-0 loss at Luton Town. A controversial penalty was the difference between the two sides at Kenilworth Road. It ended a five-game winning streak and a ten-game unbeaten run in the league for Steve Cooper's side. The visitors were busy going into the break a goal down after a nervous start. It was a flat first half for the Reds who looked far from their usual selves. Read more: Forest boss Cooper names his team for Luton Brice Samba had to make a big save in the first 10 minutes to deny Fred Onyedinma. And before that, there had been a tense moment for Tobias Figueiredo when he was twice disowned in the penalty area. Forest eventually started to work their way into the game but they were unable to make a breakthrough as Lewis Grabban was thwarted by Keinan Davis after a good job and then fired another shot at goal. The Hatters then took the lead with a penalty after 37 minutes. Jack Colback was judged to block a James Bree cross and Kal Naismith coolly used the resulting penalty. The Reds started the second half better. Djed Spence had the ball in the net but was flagged for offside, while Philip Zinckernagel headed straight at the keeper shortly after coming on. Luton went down to 10 men with just under 10 minutes to go. Sonny Bradley was sent off for a second bookable offence. Forest tried to take advantage, with Zinkernagel hitting the post and Brennan Johnson parrying a try. But even though they pushed to the end, there was no getting through. This is how Reds reporter Sarah Clapson rated the Forest players at Kenilworth Road. Brice Samba: Made a big save early on but had little chance with the controversial penalty. Passing range wasn't quite up to his usual standard, although he wasn't the only one to suffer on that front. Joe Worrall: A tough day all round as Forest put in hard work and Luton gave them little rest. Seemed shaky early on but got better after the break. Tobias Figueiredo: Very nervous in the early minutes, where a couple of slips cost almost dearly. Scott McKenna: The defense didn't have an easy afternoon as Luton looked sharp. Made way in the second half when the manager changed the formation to get something out of the game. Djed Spence: Didn't have too many chances to test opponents with his pace but looked like he could do something when he did - including a seemingly marginal offside when he had the ball in the net. Ryan Yates: Really had to fight in the middle of the pitch which was quite a dogfight at times as the Reds lacked their usual fluidity. Could have done a little better with a chance in the second half. James Garner: Didn't always have his usual composure on the ball as the Hatters were quick to press at every opportunity. But a better second half. Jack Colback: Will feel difficult about the penalty decision as he was so close to blocking the cross. The Reds have made many controversial decisions this season and this was a different one. Brennan Johnson: Struggled to really get into the game as Luton did a good job of wiping out Forest's usual right flank threat. Lewis Grabban: Had a couple of chances in the first half - with a strong save - and helped get the second half off to a better start. However, it was an all-around incoherent performance from Forest. Keinan Davis: Looked frustrated at times when visitors were struggling to get going. Didn't get much help from the referee amid a bloody encounter with Luton's back line. Philip Zinckernagel (for McKenna, 66th min.): It could have been on the top scorer list twice. Saved a header and then hit the post. Forest looked better for the change, however. Sam Surridge (for Grabban, 75 mins): Bright enough, but he didn't really get a glimpse to salvage anything from the game. Joe Lolley (for Colback, 81 mins): Had some threatening moments, just couldn't get the opening to make a difference. Rating: 6/10

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