COMMENT by Amir Mir

Football Insider rates the Nottingham Forest players after they beat Barnsley 5-2 at Oakwell on Friday night. The result means Philippe Montanier’s side move six points away from the relegation zone and are now five points adrift of the play-offs.

Vladimir Stojkovic 5 – He couldn’t do much to prevent both of Barnsley’s goals, but he will be disappointed that he couldn’t stop his side from conceding for the 17th time this season.

Matt Mills 3 – Forest conceded two very poor goals and the experienced defender should have done more to stop the home side from causing so many problem in the opposition penalty area.

Damien Perquis 3 – Despite playing in a back three it was a soft performance from Perquis, who was not strong enough to hold off Sam Winnall as he opened the scoring. Additionally, he did not instruct his backline quick enough as Marley Watkins beat the offside trap for Barnsley’s second.

Joe Worrall 4 – The teenager will learn a lot from this performance but should have done more to prevent the Tykes from scoring two goals.

Michael Mancienne 6 – Looked solid and resolute out wide. He provided a brilliant cross from the right-hand side which was headed in from Ben Osborn in the second-half.

Pajtim Kasami 4 – It was a quiet game from the versatile attacker as the former Premier League player could not stamp his authority on the game.

Thomas Lam 5 – Could have done more in the first-half, but looked lively in the second as he he produced a number of long range efforts on goal.

Henri Lansbury 9 – A magnificent hat-trick from the 26-year-old midfielder as he put in a captain’s performance. His first goal was a very well worked free-kick, with his second a high quality header and his third a simple spot-kick to seal all three points for his side.

Daniel Fox 3 – Sam Winnall’s movement caused him constant problems during the first-half in a poor defensive display. Fox was yellow carded after the break and as a result substituted after 79 minutes.

Ben Osborn 7 – The 22-year-old midfielder put in a combative display for his side and got on the scoresheet with a well timed header. He also produced a pin-point cross which was headed in by his captain.

Apostolos Vellios 5 – The Forest striker was unable to cause the Barnsley defence many problems during his 71 minutes on the field. He did score a fortunate goal in the first-half, but he should be praised for putting himself in a scoring position.

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Nicklas Bendtner 4

Matthew Cash 6

David Vaughan 5

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