Paul Merson was not impressed by Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy after his goalkeeping against Nottingham Forest.

Chelsea and Forest played out a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge, which earned the visitors a decent point in their relegation fight.

As for the Blues, they were once again lacking in certain areas and look miles off being a top side right now.

Raheem Sterling earned himself some big love from supporters after scoring two second-half goals. Blues caretaker manager Frank Lampard praised Sterling in his post-match interview, too.

However, Taiwo Awoniyi scored two headed goals for Forest to gain them a draw.

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Chelsea should feel they could have defended so much better with the goals they conceded.

In particular, Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy didn’t cover himself in glory with the opening goal of the match.

Forest centre-forward Awoniyi, who does offer a big presence in attack, had a simple header into an empty net to put his team 1-0 ahead. Unfortunately, Mendy got nowhere near the flight of the ball as he attempted to punch a cross into the box.

Merson, as quoted by Football Daily, criticised Chelsea’s keeper for his role in the Awoniyi opener: “Awoniyi goes up, the keeper comes out, and he gets nowhere near it… Bad goalkeeping mistake.”

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Mendy should be left bitterly disappointed with his afternoon’s work during his first Premier League appearance since November.

The £22million (Sky Sports) shot-stopper has dropped down the pecking order in recent months at Stamford Bridge, with Kepa Arrizabalaga playing as the number one.

However, Mendy was a surprise inclusion against Forest as he was recalled to the starting line-up.

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