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Pantilimon on borrowed time with Nottingham Forest understudy waiting to pounce

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Pantilimon on borrowed time with Nottingham Forest understudy waiting to pounce

The Forest goalkeeper has come in for some heavy criticism from the club’s supporters after some less than convincing form.

It was a night riddled with frustration for those of a Nottingham Forest persuasion on Wednesday evening, as the Reds squandered a two-goal lead to end up with a paltry point from their home contest with struggling Millwall.

The performance from Aitor Karanka’s charges was disjointed to say the least, and one man in particular who bore the brunt of the Reds’ supporters frustrations was goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.

The 31-year-old was signed for an undisclosed fee in the summer following an impressive loan stint at the City Ground during the second half of last season, although the lofty stopper has failed to find any real form since making his move permanent.

Pantilimon’s recent struggles came to fruition during Wednesday’s draw when his poor attempt at a clearance led to Shaun Williams reducing the Lions’ deficit, handing the visitors the ascendancy in a game which should have been comfortable for Forest who were two goals to the good.

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His distribution was also particularly poor, with clear murmurs of discontent ringing around the City Ground during the second period when the custodian fired the ball long and out of touch on several occasions.

The man who won the Premier League crown during his time with Manchester City needs to get his act together, and fast, especially with a capable replacement in Luke Steele sat on the bench and waiting in the wings.

The ex-Bristol City man has kept goal with relative distinction in the Carabao Cup and he will be chomping at the bit to earn a run of games in the league.

While Pantilimon will likely keep his place for Forest’s trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday, there is enough substance to suggest that any more errors might see Karanka wield the axe and make a change between the posts should he fail to eradicate such glaring lapses in concentration.

 

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