A number of Nottingham Forest supporters have been heaping praise on forward Lewis Grabban following his influential display in the Reds’ 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Forest headed into the game aiming to finally secure their first three points in the Championship this season with Chris Hughton having been sacked in the week following the 2-0 defeat at home to Middlesbrough.
Steven Reid, in his first game as caretaker manager, elected to move Grabban back into his more familiar centre forward role, after Hughton had started him as a number ten in his final two league matches in charge of Forest. That saw the 33-year-old lead the line in a 3-4-2-1 setup.
Grabban managed to deliver a strong performance at Huddersfield. He was able to showcase his leadership qualities throughout to help drive Forest on to a much-needed win.
The forward managed to register his second league goal of the season in the 22nd minute in predatory style. That came as he produced a good diving header to convert Brennan Johnson’s dangerous delivery into the box.
The 33-year-old also managed to win both of the duels that he contested, maintain a 90% passing accuracy and complete one successful dribble in the 90 minutes.
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Many Nottingham Forest fans were thrilled to see Grabban back towards his best levels and were pleased that he had been returned to his more natural centre forward role.
Here, we take a look at some of the best reactions on social media…
Think grabban had a lot to do with today’s performance. Never stopped directing the players and had a good performance himself! It’s clear to me Hughton left them totally flat with his style #nffc well done Steven Reid and the players
— Sara nffc (@astonsazzle) September 18, 2021
Hats off to Grabban, some shift today. Even I had started to doubt him, but I think in a wingbacks system, supplied by Johnson and Lolley/Zinckernagel, he'll still get goals. I have renewed faith 😂 #NFFC
— Daniel (@dan_nbry) September 18, 2021
Formation worked. And so many of the players looked different. Grabban hold up play and working for the team we have not seen for a couple of years. Yates won so much and kept it moving. Wing backs have changed us. Lolley/Johnson much better @BBCRNS #nffc
— Paddy Reston (@PaddyReston) September 18, 2021
Grabban what a player 💪#NFFC
— Kaminia🔴⚪ (@BornTF7) September 18, 2021
Lewis Grabban scores goals lads. #nffc
— Tom (@NFFCTom) September 18, 2021
Fantastic win for the reds! The season starts now. #NFFC
Clean sheet ✅
Positive performance ✅
Spence and Yates were superb.
Johnson has magic in his boots.
Grabban proving if you create chances for him he’ll score them.
Lolley much improved.
— Dave Holmes (@DaveHo1mes) September 18, 2021
Grabban: two goals in three matches, doing what strikers do. #nffc
— Hannah Forest 🔴⚪⚽ MARINAKIS OUT! (@hannahforest) September 18, 2021
Create chances for Grabban and he’ll score a good chunk of them #nffc
— Jonny (@Jonny1865) September 18, 2021