Nottingham Forest were beaten 3-1 by a determined Aston Villa side at the City Ground last night.

The Reds took an early lead through Jack Colback but were eventually ousted following a John McGinn brace and a Kourtney Hause strike.

It wasn’t to be for Martin O’Neill’s side who travel to Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Following last night’s game, we looked at three things we learned about the Reds during the contest.

Square pegs in round holes don’t go

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Forest lined-up last night without a recognised right winger which saw the Reds very unbalanced in attack.

Ryan Yates was tasked with playing on the right-hand side of a diamond shape but it never really got going for him.

Saturday will see Jack Robinson will return from suspension and Osborn’s presence in attack will be a welcome boost for O’Neill.

Forest will probably just fall short

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On last night’s showing from Villa, they are probably just ahead of Forest in terms of quality.

This is the Forest team’s first year together and they will get better but Dean Smith’s side boasted lots of class.


The midfield of Conor Hourihane, Jack Grealish, John McGinn absolutely ran the show, leaving Forest with no answer.

The Reds must learn from their mistakes this season and come back stronger – if, as expected, they fail to make the play-offs.

Carvalho needs more starts

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Some sections of social media weren’t overly impressed with the performance of the Portuguese maestro.

The Forest team, however, looks a lot more creative when he is present in the side.

Joe Lolley for one looks like a different player when Carvalho is alongside him, as it eases some of the burden on his capability to make things happen.

At this stage of the season with games coming thick and fast changes are sometimes called upon.

Carvalho shouldn’t be one of them for Saturday though.


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