Nottingham Forest were found wanting in front of goal for the first time in the Championship this season, slipping to a 1-0 defeat in front of the Sky television cameras at Wigan Athletic.

The Reds had scored in every league game before their trip to Lancashire and must now try and hit back in home games against Hull City and Reading.

 

Boss Sabri Lamouchi will hope to see his side get back to winning ways quickly and two City Ground contests hand them the perfect opportunity to do so.

Following the disappointment of Wigan, we looked at five talking points from the DW Stadium:

Striking department needs addressing

Rafa Mir was handed the chance to start in the league for the first time at Wigan and he endured a torrid afternoon.

The Spaniard fluffed three decent chances, including one in the second half where it looked easier to score.

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At 22 there is scope for the youngster to improve but he has failed to live up to the mantle of being a striker once linked with Real Madrid (AS).

Mir is currently on loan from Wolves for the season and on this performance, he may have to wait a while longer for his next chance.

Dawson absence felt

Against Brentford at home Forest didn’t miss Dawson as Joe Worrall and Chema Rodriguez helped the Reds to a clean sheet.

It was perhaps surprising that Rodriguez didn’t keep his place in the starting eleven, with Tobias Figueiredo getting the nod to partner Worrall.

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Dawson won’t be around forever but his leadership skills cannot be underestimated.

Yesterday the Reds craved a leader at the back and Lamouchi will hope to have the 35-year-old back as soon as possible.

Square pegs in round holes

Despite outsiders mentioning the strength in depth in the Forest ranks, Lamouchi saw fit yesterday to play several players out of position.

Yuri Ribeiro started as a left-winger and Sammy Ameobi was utilised as the number 10.

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If injuries and suspensions dictate these sort of changes then fair enough but Albert Adomah, Joao Carvalho and Tiago Silva were all left on the bench.

For the first time this season Lamouchi got his team selection badly wrong at Wigan and he will surely learn from the decision to shuffle his pack considerably.

Silva getting better

Having taken a little while to start adapting to English football, Tiago Silva was one of Forest’s standout performers following his introduction from the bench.

The 26-year-old was energetic at both ends of the pitch, highlighting just how useful he can become to the Forest team this season.

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Having arrived from Feirense in the summer, Silva has looked okay in the games he has played without really having much of an impact in the way of goals or assists.

On this evidence, it would appear that he simply needs to play more frequently. If Lamouchi can offer him a run of games, Forest will surely start to reap the rewards.

Bostock fluffs lines

Having been handed a chance to impress in the place of the injured Samba Sow, John Bostock would have hoped to play a little better than he did.

It has been a while since the former Tottenham youngster has featured for the team and he clearly showed signs of rustiness.

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Like Silva, Bostock perhaps just needs a run of games in the team and Lamouchi would perhaps be wise to hand him another chance on Wednesday night.

Bostock has looked neat and tidy during his appearances in the Carabao Cup and there will still be hope that he can do a job for Forest this season.

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