Arijanet Muric made headlines for all of the wrong reasons on his competitive Nottingham Forest debut against West Brom.

He flapped at one effort and opted not to at another cross-come-shot.

The end result? Two balls in the back of his net.

And a 2-1 defeat for the Reds to open the 2019-20 campaign.

Warning signs had been there in pre-season, with Muric hardly covering himself in glory during a friendly outing against Olympiakos.

Faith was restored during meetings with Crystal Palace and Real Sociedad.

It has now been rocked again.

The tone may have been set for what is to come.

Focused

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Sabri Lamouchi said in the Nottingham Post of Muric after seeing costly errors leave Forest empty-handed: “It is just to be clever, smart, ready and focused, during the game.

“You adapt to the opponent and to the position of the ball. You adapt. But do not forget that he is just 20-years-old. He will make mistakes again.

“When the keeper makes mistakes, it can lead to goals. When a striker misses a goal or a midfielder makes a big mistake, it is different.

Forest fans have been told to brace themselves.

Many will have already adopted that mindset.

Muric, through the opening weeks of his loan spell from Manchester City, has looked like what he is – a young goalkeeper learning his trade.

His outing against West Brom was just his seventh as a senior performer.

A first came in the colours of NAC Breda in the Dutch Eredivisie and five in last season’s Carabao Cup.

Pressure and expectation is still new to him.

He is finding out the hard way how tough life as a No. 1 can be.

Lamouchi is right to suggest that more errors are inevitable.

Unstuck

 

Even the very best come unstuck occasionally and there is no hiding place when operating between the sticks.

What Muric has to do is show that he is learning his lesson.

Mistakes, while frustrating, can be accepted if they are not repeated.

Fool me once etc, etc.

Lamouchi has put his faith in Muric despite having more experienced options at his disposal.

He is hardly going to rip up that blueprint after one game with points on the line.

An outing against the Baggies did not go to plan, but there is nothing that can be done about that.

Muric knows he messed up, nobody needs to inform him of that, and now is the time for him to prove that he has selective hearing, thick skin and the ability we are all looking to buy into.

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