Nottingham Forest fell to their third home defeat of the season as they lost 1-0 to Cardiff City at the City Ground.
Having hammered 10-man Queens Park Rangers 4-0 in midweek, the Reds came into this game full of confidence. However, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing put the Bluebirds ahead early in the first-half with a strike from just outside the penalty area.
In truth, Sabri Lamouchi’s men struggled to get themselves back in the game from that point onwards. They had over 30 shots on goal during the game, but Neil Etheridge was rarely troubled.
The result leaves the Reds still sat in fourth place, just seven points off the automatic promotion places after 18 games.
However, it was a familiar story for the Reds, who haven’t beaten the Bluebirds since October 2012. The Bluebirds have now won their last five games against the Reds in the Championship.
Forest have only scored 24 goals in their 18 Championship matches this season. That’s the lowest out of all the teams currently sat in the play-offs, and they struggled to create any real clear-cut chances against Cardiff.
Some Nottingham Forest fans have questioned whether or not this team is capable of breaking down rigid, physical sides, especially at the City Ground.
After a promising run of results under Lamouchi which has seen them move up to fourth, this was a timely reminder that there is still work to be done to ensure that the Reds become genuine promotion challengers.
Here’s a round-up of exactly what Nottingham Forest supporters have been saying after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat:
Come on let’s not put loads of negativity in here. We can’t win everything. It’s not ideal but it’s not the end of the world don’t give the Cardiff fans satisfaction when they come here to read. #nffc
— Daniel Green (@Greeny_original) November 30, 2019
Not good enough, but chance to put it right with a result at The Den.
We won’t win every game, there will be bumps. Let’s hope the lads can sort it out#nffc
— dylan jackson (@DylanJackson02) November 30, 2019
— Jackbrag (@JHBnffc) November 30, 2019
Lost to the worst team I’ve ever seen at the City Ground. 30 shots, 2 on target. Criminal
— Craig Colville (@CRColville) November 30, 2019
— Thomas D (@stompy09) November 30, 2019
— Raymondo (@SmithamRay) November 30, 2019
Has there ever been a time where Neil Harris hasn’t done us over?
— MR Entertainments (@mre6243) November 30, 2019
Teams like Cardiff and Preston we struggle against, another one coming up next week at The Den #NFFC
— Jonathan Shanahan (@flajon72) November 30, 2019