Nottingham Forest drew 1-1 with Stoke City last night and many Reds fans have been left furious at Cafu after he spurned a chance to win the game.
On a foggy Tuesday night in Stoke, the Reds only had themselves to blame for going behind after 18 minutes as Lewis Grabban ducked under Jordan Thompson’s inswinging corner and Brice Samba turned it into his own net.
Forest pulled level in the second half through similar means when Potters skipper James Chester headed in an own goal and then Chris Hughton’s side had a chance to win the game in the dying moments.
Cafu swooped on a poor backpass and raced through on goal but was unable to convert the one-on-one with Stoke keeper Joe Bursik denying him with his legs.
It was not to be for the Reds and they were forced to settle for their third draw on the bounce, a result that sees them drop below Derby County in the table and sit just one place above the drop zone.
The Portuguese midfielder joined the club in the summer and has become a regular fixture in Chris Hughton’s side in recent weeks, making the number 10 spot his own, but he spurned a fantastic chance to score his first goal for the club and secure all three points.
16 questions about Chris Hughton that Nottingham Forest fans may struggle to get correct – Can you get full marks?
It’s fair to say that Cafu’s miss has not gone down well with the City Ground faithful, with many fans taking to Twitter to fume about his performance and that moment in particular.
Read their reactions here:
Grabban and Cafu cost the team three pts.#NFFC should be celebrating a hard-fought away victory.
— Mark's Tweets (@tweets_marks) December 29, 2020
Full Time 🆚 Stoke City
+ Probs better team in the 2nd half, the game was there to win & grew as the game went on
— Liam Henshaw (@HenshawAnalysis) December 29, 2020
Cafu’s never going to score for Forest.#nffc
— Jack Playle (@PlayleJack) December 29, 2020
Missed a 1 on 1 again! A real lack of composure and quality from cafu. Can't legislate for that 🙁 #nffc
— Jon (@jonrileynffc) December 29, 2020
Keep saying it over and over… WHY is Cafu in the team?? #NFFC
— Johnny (@johnmarshall888) December 29, 2020
Cafu 👏🏻 isn’t 👏🏻 an 👏🏻 attacking 👏🏻 midfielder
— Ben (@BenNFFC2002) December 29, 2020
Get that Cafu off he’s useless #NFFC
— John Lock (@johnlock1973) December 29, 2020
That’s very very poor from Cafu #NFFC
— Dan (@95Redss) December 29, 2020
What an absolutely shocking performance so far from Forest, get Ameobi & Cafu off, awful #nffc
— Jamie Clayton (@J_P_Clayton) December 29, 2020