Nottingham Forest’s stretch of consecutive home wins ended at four as Aston Villa ran out 3-1 winners at the City Ground.
The Reds took an early lead through Jack Colback but went in behind at the break thanks to a brace from John McGinn.
Kourtney Hause added a third just beyond the hour and there was no way back for Forest.
It wasn’t a bad night for Martin O’Neill’s men in terms of other results. They will travel to Ipswich Town on Saturday just three points off sixth.
In truth, Dean Smith’s Villa side were just better than the Reds.
After a sluggish start they begin to grow into the game, scoring at crucial periods in the contest.
For Forest, it’s a case of back to the drawing board and as remarkable as it might be they still have a chance of the play-offs.
Joe Lolley was instrumental for Forest once again against Villa.
After claiming four assists and a goal in the 5-5 draw earlier in the season, his delightful footwork carved the opening for Colback to score.
Forest fans are quickly running out of superlatives for their flying winger and took to social media to speak of his performance.
Seat Pitch rounded up what many Forest fans had to say about Lolley’s performance despite the defeat.
Joe Lolley 🔥🔥🔥🔥
— Declan.. (@Dec10Smith) March 13, 2019
Joe Lolley Ballon D’Or winner nailed on
— Jack🌳 (@Gittinsssssssss) March 13, 2019
Joe Lolley is decent isn’t he
— George (@_GeorgeNFFC_) March 13, 2019
Joe Lolley skills……see you later #nffc
— Simon ⭐⭐🔴⚪ (@Forestsharps) March 13, 2019
Joe lolley > Messi
— Cameron Collins (@CameronC0llins1) March 13, 2019
Jack Colback and Joe Lolley are too good for that Forest team and that’s the truth of it
— Bankzy (@BankzyNFFC) March 13, 2019
Joe Lolley is Premier League quality
— Will (@will_avfc) March 13, 2019
Joe Lolley doing absolute bits. Standard
— Adam Matthews (@AdsMatthews) March 13, 2019
Lolley isolated for most of the game apart from the magic leading up to our goal. If he’s out of the game we’re knackered and opposition are realising that. Stop Lolley and you stop Forest. We need more options going forward. #nffc
— Geoff Cameraman (@n55ffc) March 13, 2019
Just hasn’t been our night. 3 poor goals conceded and not enough at the other end. Lolley off his game, Carvalho poor. Move on to Saturday, must win game or playoffs are over #nffc
— Jonno Reilly (@Jonno_Reilly) March 13, 2019