Nottingham Forest were defeated 1-0 by Bristol City yesterday afternoon as new boss Martin O’Neill was denied a fairytale return.

The new Reds boss witnessed an abject display from his new charges; with the challenge of lifting confidence within the squad looking like a tough task.

Forest have won just once during their last nine Championship fixtures and the Reds never looked like winning on Saturday.

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O’Neill went into his first game in charge with a defensive crisis of sorts and new signing Yohan Benalouane was handed his debut, despite only penning terms at the City Ground on Friday.

The Tunisian signed an 18-month contract from Leicester City and went straight into the starting line-up.

Some Forest fans had questioned the arrival of the defender given that he hasn’t played a great deal of football during the last couple of years.

Those cynics needn’t have worried, however, as Benalouane looked comfortable at the heart of the back four; proving to be one of Forest’s standout performers on an otherwise miserable afternoon.

Following a solid maiden showing by Benalouane, Seat Pitch rounded up supporters’ thoughts from the world of Twitter.

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