Date: 28th April 2019 at 4:15pm
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Joao Carvalho was lauded by some supporters after Nottingham Forest beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 on Saturday. The playmaker was given a rare start by Martin O’Neill and set up the winning goal for Karim Ansarifard following a free-flowing move. Carvalho has endured a debut season of inconsistency since joining for a club-record £13.5m from Benfica last summer, but his talent is undeniable.

Against QPR, Carvalho played for 81 minutes, made 49 touches, 35 passes with 80% accuracy, created one chance, whipped in one cross, made one successful dribble, had one shot, made one tackle and one interception. O’Neill hasn’t always seen eye-to-eye with the midfielder, but he’s included him in the starting lineup recently and Forest have enjoyed consecutive wins.

The 22-year-old has made 39 appearances in all competitions for Forest, scoring and creating 12 goals this season. in the Championship, he’s made 43 chances and 49 successful dribbles and could be an important player for the Reds in 2019/20. Carvalho’s form fell off a cliff in 2019 but he’s expected to be retained over the summer and should improve after a year in England under his belt.

The fans will certainly back him.

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