A penalty save from Brice Samba just after the hour mark helped Nottingham Forest to steal a point at the City Ground as they held Championship rivals Luton Town to a draw.
In a game that the East Midlands outfit would have wanted to win considering the Hatters’ form, with Nathan Jones’ side losing three of their previous four second-tier matches coming into this tie, they have gladly taken a point after seeing Jack Colback sent off after the hour mark for hauling down Tom Lockyer in the box.
Elijah Adebayo’s denial from the spot then gave Steve Cooper’s men the platform to hold out for a point, fighting against the adversity of being without key man Max Lowe due to a groin injury and extending their unbeaten run to five games.
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Winning just seven points from these previous five ties though, their next step will be to start turning draws into wins, a non-negotiable if they want to have any chance of reaching the top six before the end of the campaign.
However, there were promising signs from a range of Forest players including penalty hero Samba and Manchester United loanee James Garner, with Braian Ojeda coming into the starting lineup to make his debut for the club.
How did the latter perform though in his maiden appearance for Cooper’s men? And how did he cope with the challenge of coming in from the start?
We take a look at how some Forest fans reacted to his performance.
Thought Ojeda did OK yesterday. Went missing for a long spell in the first half but clearly has ability. Kept his work rate high and got better after we went down to 10 men.
Looks a decent prospect. Similar style to Radi.#nffc
— Rob (@dogsnobrob) November 24, 2021
Thought Ojeda had a decent debut reminded me a bit of Raddi Majewski #NFFC
— Gemma Smith (@NffcGem91) November 23, 2021
— Murphy Lennon (@Murphy_Lennon10) November 23, 2021
On a positive. Samba 👏. Even before the penalty save, he looked energetic and lively. Great touches with the ball at his feet. Getting back to his best.
Also, Ojeda looks promising, positive and confident with the ball. Good to have options in CM. #nffc
— Neil Cooper (@mynameisneil) November 23, 2021
Really pleased for Ojeda
Without doing anything special he had a very solid game & showed he can deal with the pace & physicality of the championship
Looking forward to seeing how he progresses #nffc
— D (@DS215uk) November 23, 2021
Braian Ojeda looks decent, little terrier didn’t stop all night👏🏼 #NFFC
— jacob foreman (@J_elijah_nffc) November 23, 2021
Johnson was invisible tonight, especially when we have 10 men and need an outlet.
Samba outstanding. Ojeda is Majewski reincarnated. #NFFC
— James (@jtweets92) November 23, 2021
Thought Ojeda was quality tonight, considering that was his first taste of English football, he was really impressive. Could be a big player for us in the future #nffc
— Forest Fanzone (@forestfanzone) November 23, 2021