Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka had no doubts over Lewis Grabban stepping up to take his side’s second penalty of the afternoon.
Grabban found the back of the net to rescue a point for the visitors having missed from 12 yards in the first half.
Goncalves is just 21 years of age and was making his fourth appearance of the season during the win over Stoke. The winger was playing well and Forest were 3-0 up, but his sending off changed the tide of the game and the Reds eventually had to hold out for a 3-2 win. Check out the full results of the poll below.
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The striker had scored Forests opening goal, before Rovers turned things around courtesy of goals from Adam Armstrong and Bradley Dack.
“I had no doubt. When you sign a player, you know his ability, his quality and his character,” said Karanka of Grabban.
Nottingham Forest striker Lewis Grabban continued his fine run of goalscoring form as he scored two more against Blackburn Rovers as the sides drew 2-2 at Ewood Park, despite missing a penalty.
The majority of Nottingham Forest fans that answered our poll thought the red card that Diogo Goncalves received in the Carabao Cup win over Stoke was harsh.
The former Bournemouth man took to Twitter after the match to post a simple reflection on the game, two red emojis and a photo of each of his goal celebrations.
Grabban had the chance to give Aitor Karanka’s side the lead early in the first half but blazed his penalty over the bar.
But he made amends just seven minutes into the second half when he headed in from close range to put Rovers’ long unbeaten home run at risk.
Adam Armstrong had other ideas and the Newcastle loanee levelled the scores just after the hour mark when his stunning long-range strike found the bottom corner.
And things got even better for Rovers ten minutes later when that man Bradley Dack gave the home side the lead.
Forest were not to be denied a point, however, and Grabban notched his second of the game, making no mistake from the spot this time after Joe Lolley was fouled in the area.
He showed terrific character to step-up to the spot for a second time after already missing a penalty and got his reward.