Nottingham Forest suffered their fifth defeat in six games last night as Norwich City beat them 2-1 at Carrow Road and many Reds supporters have vented their frustration at the performance of goalkeeper Brice Samba.
The Frenchman made some solid saves early on but should have done more to keep out Jacob Lungi Sorensen’s opener in the second minute of first-half injury time, with the low strike going straight through the Forest shot-stopper.
Samba could do little about Emi Buendia’s 77th-minute winner, which came not long after Anthony Knockaert had pulled the Reds back level, as the visitors’ poor run continued.
Chris Hughton’s men have now taken just one point from their last six games and are just one place and one point above the relegation zone.
They’ve conceded nine goals in that period and it appears parts of the City Ground faithful are beginning to grow concerned about whether Samba is deserving of his place in the side.
The 26-year-old cemented his place as the Reds’ first-choice keeper early last season but mistakes have begun to sneak into his game, with his fragile attempt to keep out Norwich’s opener undoing all Forest’s defensive work in the first half.
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Fans certainly seem to be frustrated by his performance against the Canaries, with many taking to Twitter to vent their annoyance.
Read their reaction here:
— Geoff Cameraman (@n55ffc) December 9, 2020
Samba has been awful lately could do him good let his ego down never catches a ball
— Mike O’Cain (@mikeocain) December 9, 2020
First time this season I can honestly say the players gave it all. You don't mind losing under those circumstances. But Samba needs replacing #nffc
— CMDR Harry Wraith (@harry_wraith) December 9, 2020
— Samba Sow Appreciation Society (@Sow_Society) December 9, 2020
Samba = Fraud
Christie = Fraud
Arter = Fraud
Figs = Fraud
Don't deserve to be in the match day squad let alone the 1st 11 #NFFC
— Carl wilkinson (@CarlosNFFC) December 9, 2020
Samba has been awful since around the Derby game last season, nothing new here #NFFC
— Lucy (@Lucy_Hamson) December 9, 2020
My kitchen sieve let's less through than the Forest defence. #NFFC 😳🙄 Samba needs to be dropped, might seem a bit harsh but he should of stopped that Norwich effort. On a more positive note at least we start the second half with 11 on the pitch 😃👍
— keith (@carpoholic70) December 9, 2020
Got to drop Brice Samba. Too many mistakes, Jordan Smith deserves the chance. #nffc
— Neil Cooper (@mynameisneil) December 9, 2020
Samba could do with a game or two out of the side. He's never been the best goalkeeper technically, even last season, but now he's not even doing the basics right #NFFC
— Alex (@AlexNFFC) December 9, 2020
SAMBA. Most over rated keeper in football history.
— Brooksy (@brooksy_23) December 9, 2020
I hate to call for it but Samba needs to be dropped, he's become a liability. #NFFC
— Matthew Geeson (@adadgaming75) December 9, 2020