Nottingham Forest fans on Twitter loved Michael Dawson’s performance in the Carabao Cup win over Stoke, with many pointing out his dominance in the last 10 or so minutes when the Reds were 3-2 up with 10 men.
Aitor Karanka’s side went ahead after just 19 minutes against their fellow Championship side, when Ben Osborn broke in behind the Stoke defence and got lucky with a ricochet off keeper Adam Federici that bounced off the Forest man’s knee and into the net.
The Reds were well on top in the first-half at the City Ground and Daryl Murphy doubled their lead just before half-time with a thumping finish. Then just five minutes into the second-half, winger Joe Lolley made it 3-0 and the game looked all but over.
However, Stoke’s summer signing Benik Afobe netted once again to close the gap before Forest’s Benfica loanee Diogo Goncalves was sent off for a two-footed challenge. The red-card changed the balance of the game and Stoke began to pile on the pressure. Saido Berahino closed the gap to just one goal, but the Reds held out thanks largely to Dawson’s imperious performance. Check out some of the best tweets in reaction to the 34-year-old’s display below.
I really enjoyed the game yesterday. Good atmosphere and a really good performance. The attitude of some of the players currently not playing regularly was first class. I thought Dawson stood out miles. Commanding display and gives Aitor a selection problem. #nffc
— jitz (@jitzjani) September 27, 2018
— Will Thorpe (@ThorpeyNFFC) 26 September 2018
Dawson, Osborn, Murphy, Goncalves and Fig were all outstanding tonight! Absolute pleasure to be there! #NFFC
— Danny (@danny_nffc_) September 26, 2018
Having not seen him play in a red shirt since the early 2000's, it was kinda cool seeing Dawson out there tonight! Had a good game too! #nffc
— Matt Gough (@goughieee6) September 26, 2018
In that last 20 mins, Michael Dawson would of headed a cricket ball if you’d of thrown one into the box, absolutely outstanding tonight! This team keeps on getting better! #nffc
— Reece Venning (@ReeceVenning1) September 26, 2018
Michael Dawson when we had our backs against the wall #NFFC
— Michael Andrew ™ (@MichaeAndrew1) 26 September 2018
Dawson and Watson best games yet for #NFFC
Bought to provide character and professionalism and@they both displayed masses of both tonight.
— Dave Smith (@eracdave) September 26, 2018