West Brom 0-0 Nottingham Forest: Heroes, villains & player ratings as 10-man Albion draw again

It’s now four games without a win for West Brom following their 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest

West Bromwich Albion’s winless run stretched to four games as they drew 0-0 to Nottingham Forest at the Hawthorns.

Jayson Molumby was dismissed for the hosts midway through the second-half after picking up a second yellow card and compiled what was yet again, another frustrating night for the Albion.

West Bromwich Albion Manager, Valerien Ismael gives his players instructions from the sidelines during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest

The Baggies started well and had numerous attempts on Brice Samba’s goal.

Darnell Furlong spurned a great opportunity before Grady Diangana forced an impressive save from the Forest keeper.

It was more of the same in the second-half with Furlong again going close and Alex Mowatt stinging Samba’s palms.

Albion’s task was made far more difficult when Molumby received his marching orders with 20 minutes to play for a late lunge on Joe Lolley.

But Valerien Ismael’s side should have won it in stoppage time when Jordan Hugill found himself free in the box but blazed over from twelve yards out.

West Brom have now had 61 shots on goal without scoring over the course of their last three matches.

Referee, Gavin Ward shows Jayson Molumby of West Bromwich Albion a second yellow, then red card during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest

Heroes

  • Fans

Those that made the trip to the Hawthorns on a truly awful November night. Those on both sides, too.

Absolute fair play for sitting through a 0-0 in the middle of Storm Arwen.

End of list. Honestly, I tried my best to think of another but it was near impossible. Not a game that will live long in the memory.

Villains

  • Jayson Molumby

Sent off with just over 20 minutes to go after receiving a second yellow card, Molumby pretty much ruined any chance Baggies had of snatching a win.

Some will argue he got the ball and whilst he did get a lot of it, he lunged in hard on his man and gave the referee a decision to make.

Whilst on another day it’s not a booking, there was no real need to do it in the first place and his error of judgement may have ultimately cost his team three points.

  • Weather

The weather was a villain but for those in attendance rather than the players on the pitch. As rough as it was, we aren’t blaming it for the lack of goals scored - again.

Swirling wind and rain poured down on the Hawthorns and made it feel like serious minus temperatures on the night. It was an unwelcome introduction to the first real winter-like game of the year.

  • Jordan Hugill

Wow. The forward won’t be sleeping tonight.

He was brought on with just over 10 minutes to play and could have been the ultimate hero but instead, became the ultimate villain.

As the game ticked into stoppage time, the striker found himself alone in the middle of the Forest box following a knockdown from teammate Matthew Clarke. All he had to do was slot the ball either side of Brice Samba but he blazed over.

If there was any moment to sum up the last few weeks for Albion - it was that.

ordan Hugill of West Bromwich Albion shoots and misses during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest

Player ratings

West Brom (3-4-2-1): Johnstone 6.5; Kipre 6.5, Bartley 5.5, Clarke 7*; Furlong 5.5, Molumby 4 (70’ RED CARD), Mowatt 6, Townsend 6; Diangana 5 (60’ Phillips 6.5), Grant 5 (78’ Hugill N/A); Robinson 6.5 (72’ Reach N/A)

Nottingham Forest (3-4-3): Samba 7.5*; Worrall 6, Figueiredo 6 (72’ Mighten N/A), McKenna 6; Spence 6, Yates 6, Garner 6, Bong 6; Johnson 6.5, Grabban 5, Zinckernagel 5 (65’ Lolley 6)

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