Nottingham Forest’s 10-match unbeaten run came to an end as they were beaten 1-0 by Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Sunday.
Jamal Lowe’s first Championship goal shortly before half-time was enough to ensure that the Reds were sent back to Nottingham with nothing to show for their efforts.
It’s fair to say that it wasn’t the best performance from the Reds, but they were unfortunate to not come away with at least a draw.
Brice Samba was one of Forest’s standout performers on the day, and he bemoaned his side’s luck in a tweet which he shared in the aftermath of the defeat:
A day without luck 😔 thanks for the travelling for the great support as always. We Will work hard to find victory again 💪🏾 and bounce back soon 🌳🔴⚪️ #NFFCArmy
— Samba brice (@samba_brice) October 20, 2019
There’s no doubt that referee Matt Donohue made a few questionable decisions which went against the Reds.
Lamouchi’s side had two penalty decisions turned down, as Sammy Ameobi was pulled down in the first-half before Yuri Ribeiro also appeared to be fouled in the second.
However, this is the first time this season when the Reds have come away unhappy with the referee’s performance. That is an improvement on last season, when every game seemed to be marred by a controversial decision.
Similarly to Samba, the club’s supporters will be hoping that this game doesn’t start a trend. They’ll be hoping the Reds can bounce back immediately against Hull City tomorrow night at the City Ground.
The Reds need to produce a performance which ensures the referee can’t prevent them from securing all three points.
Lamouchi will be aware that the Reds can’t just be ‘unlucky’ every game. You’ve got to make your own luck in the Championship.
They’ll certainly be confident of returning to winning ways against the Tigers. They aren’t in very good form under the management of Grant McCann and are more than beatable.