On this day last year, Nottingham Forest suffered the embarrassment of being dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League One outfit Burton Albion.

Nigel Clough’s men were brilliant on the night and Aitor Karanka’s decision to make 10 changes to his team backfired emphatically.

A goalless first-half was followed by a brilliant second period by the hosts.

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A Saidy Janko own goal got the Brewers up and running before Scott Fraser doubled their advantage with a well-taken strike.

Lewis Grabban got Forest back in the game but Jake Hesketh restored the two-goal lead for Clough’s team.

Arvin Appiah did get a late consolation during his first appearance for the club but Forest were ultimately dumped out.

Who impressed?

Quite remarkably Forest’s most likely threat on the night came from Gil Dias. The Portuguese performer gave Burton’s makeshift back four the runaround which was rare for him in a Forest shirt.

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The three subs, Joe Lolley, Grabban and Appiah also looked dangerous but their introduction was too little too late.

Who was below par?

In truth, it wasn’t a great team performance. Karanka’s decision to make so many changes wasn’t his best move and the disjointed performance highlighted exactly that.

Liam Bridcutt fluffed his lines. After impressing against Bury, Newcastle and Stoke in previous rounds he earned another chance to impress at the Pirelli Stadium.

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Diogo Goncalves earned a rare chance to impress. He once again failed to offer much in the number 10 role and this performance pretty much summed up his time at the club.

What happened next?

Forest were sparked into life with the Burton reality check. The following Saturday all was forgotten as Forest defeated Sheffield United 1-0.

It was the second unbeaten game in a run of seven games which lifted Forest into contention for the play-offs.

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Of course, the Reds couldn’t maintain their strong form and Karanka ultimately left his position in January of this year.

Who remains from that fateful night?

Many people said that Ben Watson’s legs had gone on the back of this performance, but he has been one of Forest’s best players this season.

Likewise, Michael Dawson started the game and when fit he has played in the majority of games during 2019/20 so far.

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Matty Cash played 90 minutes on the right-wing and is still at the club, whilst Michael Hefele is technically still at Forest but is way down the pecking order.

Jack Robinson, Claudio Yacob, Tendayi Darikwa and Costel Pantilimon all remain at the City Ground and were unused subs on the night.

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