Nottingham Forest suffered their third defeat of the season and second in succession when Hull City secured a 2-1 win at the City Ground last night.
Josh Magennis and Jarrod Bowen ensured misery for the Reds and left Sabri Lamouchi pondering what to do in anticipation of Reading’s visit on Saturday.
The Tigers were always comfortable in the contest and although Matty Cash pulled a goal back there was only one team who looked like winning the game in truth.
Following a disappointing night, we looked at five talking points from the contest:
Although Forest managed 16 shots last night, only two were on target and that has to be a cause for concern.
Despite playing against a man less for the last 25 minutes the Reds never really looked like carving out one or two decent chances required to score another goal.
With the likes of Joao Carvalho, Joe Lolley, Sammy Ameobi and Tiago Silva on the pitch there really isn’t any excuse to not be creating more chances and Lamouchi will surely look to address this quickly.
Lolley out of form
A problem is perhaps emerging with the form of one of Forest’s better players, Joe Lolley.
Last night he toiled as Hull did a number on him and his body language highlighted a player struggling for confidence.
There doesn’t seem to be an obvious solution as far as Lolley is concerned and with just three goals this season his form is throwing up a real conundrum.
Stopping the rot
Two home games threw Forest an immediate chance to bounce back from the disappointment of losing to Wigan Athletic at the weekend.
One of those has now been lost, however, and it is imperative that Forest bounce back sooner rather than later.
The Reds must get back to winning ways in order to say in the mix for the promotion places and Lamouchi will hope to collect three points against Reading at the weekend.
Despite the defeat, Forest fans will still have been pleased with their goalkeeper once again.
It perhaps wasn’t his shot-stopping that caught the eye against Hull but more his distribution which is getting better with each passing game.
Samba is certainly one of the better goalkeepers Forest have had in recent memory and the Reds will hope he maintains his current good form.
The academy graduate has been asked to do a job at right-back this season and he is doing so with aplomb.
He was given a troublesome time by Kamil Grosicki for a bit of last night but in the second half, he was the one Forest player who worked tirelessly to get the Reds back into the game.
He took his goal well after a marauding run forward and looks like being a big player in Lamouchi’s team this season.