Nottingham Forest were beaten 1-0 by Wigan Athletic this afternoon ending a run of 10 games without defeat for Sabri Lamouchi’s team.
The Reds experienced a rare off-day against the Latics and in truth weren’t every worthy of winning the game.
Lamouchi opted to ring five changes from the team that defeated Brentford prior to the international break and it didn’t pay dividends for the Forest boss.
One change that he did make was in attack. The Reds boss opted to start Rafa Mir in place of Lewis Grabban, with the Spaniard making his first league start of the campaign.
The 22-year old was largely out of sorts and fluffed a number of chances to make a name for himself and earn Forest something from the game.
A delightful ball from John Bostock set Mir up perfectly in the second half but with the target gaping at his mercy he somehow fired wide of David Marshall’s upright.
It clearly showed in his performance that Mir hasn’t played much football and he needs to work extremely hard if he is to earn himself any more opportunities.
Following his first start, Forest fans took to Twitter to remark on Mir’s performance at the DW Stadium:
Rafa Mir has been dross #NFFC
— Lucy (@Lucy_Hamson) October 20, 2019
Rafa Mir has given me hope that, at 27 years old and 18 stone, my hopes of being a professional footballer, still aren’t beyond reach. #NFFC
— Lewis James (@Lewis_ehtylb) October 20, 2019
Rafa Mir is probably as bad as Greg halford up top.
— Cam (@cjhef_) October 20, 2019
Rafa Mir is a sangria drinking paella eating Daryl Murphy. #nffc
— OWEN (@reidynffc_) October 20, 2019
Rafa Mir is worse than Dumitru
— Cal (@coyrcal) October 20, 2019
Well…. that Rafa Mir was terrible
— Daniel Buckley (@EuseOwl) October 20, 2019
Points from the game:
• With Daws & Sow out, today wasn’t the game to rest key players
• Rafa Mir isn’t good enough
• Defensive error cost us
• On balance of the game thought we deserved a point
• Silva & Grabban looked sharp
• Samba & Cash outstanding#NFFC
— Kyle Kirkland (@KyleKirkland92) October 20, 2019
rather have greg halford back up top than that piece of shit rafa mir
— ben (@benj0508) October 20, 2019
Rafa Mir that’s a disgraceful finish 😩
— Luke Shorty (@LukeShorty) October 20, 2019