Date: 13th November 2018 at 7:00am
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Nottingham Forest played out a scoreless draw with Stoke City on Saturday at the City Ground, but given the chance that fell to in-form Lewis Grabban in particular, it should’ve been all three.

It was far from a classic encounter and Forest will play better, but equally, we’ll be tested far more by better sides. We did do what we needed to though and come the end of the season it could be another valuable point with the side harbouring play-off hopes for 2018/19.

Stoke will undoubtedly be hugely thankful for the performance of England goalkeeper Jack Butland as he pulled off a number of saves late on to deny us all three points as we piled the pressure on in search of the winner – but the gilt-edged chance fell to nine goal Grabban but his normal composure failed and he ballooned the ball over.

I think on this one, it probably depends on where you sit when it comes to Aitor Karanka. Despite Stoke’s position they have tightened up and showed improvement lately so this was never going to be a walk in the park, but there will be a sense of disappointment – even allowing for Peter Crouch’s stoppage-time effort that Toby Figueiredo cleared from the line.

Unbeaten in four now and only a point off sixth spot.

 

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