Nottingham Forest were defeated 3-0 against Sheffield Wednesday which has put Martin O’Neill under increased scrutiny.
It was another bleak evening for the Reds who failed to give their sizeable travelling support something to shout about. They saw the gap between themselves and the play-offs widen again to six points.
But any talk of reaching the top six after recent performances seems crazy.
The Reds produced a much-improved display in the first half, but a brace from Marco Matias and a fierce strike from George Boyd in the second saw their away day woes continue. O’Neill is yet to secure a victory on the road since taking over.
Following another dismal day for O’Neill’s outfit, Seat Pitch rated the Reds as follows:
Luke Steele – 3
Wasted his big opportunity. It did start well for the 34-year-old as he made a superb save from Matias in the first half, but it soon turned sour. He was caught way out of position for the opening goal.
Sam Byram – 7 – Seat Pitch Star Man
Looked a class above from a Reds perspective, despite the fact he hasn’t made an appearance since 29 August. His Premier League quality shone through.
Yohan Benalouane – 3
His passing was atrocious throughout the game and he was at fault for the third goal. He’s gone from looking a rock at the back, to being a total liability.
Molla Wagué – 4
Might be the reason behind Benalouane’s recent performances. The centre-back pair have looked poor defensively when played alongside each-other. Even Wagué’s threat from set pieces seems to have faded.
Jack Robinson – 6
Didn’t seem to be at his best but did enough to show he is a far better option at left-back than Ben Osborn. He found himself having to come across to cover for Benalouane and Wague regularly.
Jack Colback – 6
Produced a much better performance than he did against Rotherham. Tried his best to get the Reds on the front foot but it just wasn’t happening for him.
Ryan Yates – 5
Was heavily involved defensively in the first half, getting stuck in to ensure the Owls didn’t take the lead earlier. He isn’t anywhere near the level of Claudio Yacob who found himself sat on the bench.
Matty Cash – 5
You can’t fault the 21-year-old’s effort but he doesn’t have the quality to cause the opposition problems. Even when he did manage to beat the full-back, his final ball was poor.
Joe Lolley – 6
He’s trying too hard to do everything himself. Had a few good runs where he could’ve released the ball earlier, but decided to try and beat one man too many. The Owls ensured he made little impact on the game.
Arvin Appiah – 6
Was thrown in at the deep end. It certainly wasn’t the ideal environment for the 18-year-old to get his first Championship start. He did show a couple of glimpses of potential.
Lewis Grabban – 4
Even though he scored against Rotherham, it was a poor performance from the 17-goal man. He wasn’t much better against the Owls. He failed to test Keiren Westwood, despite numerous good openings.
Pelé – 4
His introduction wasn’t well-received by the travelling supporters. This was more because of O’Neill’s decision to introduce a defensive midfielder when three goals down, rather than being any reflection on the player himself.
Daryl Murphy – 5
Put himself about a bit but didn’t have time to make any significant contribution. Did go close with a header in the latter stages, but it would’ve only been a consolation.
Karim Ansarifard – 4
Barely noticed that he had even come on. Needs to up his game if he’s going to have a long-term future at the club.