Sabri Lamouchi opted not to shuffle his pack during Nottingham Forest’s 4-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, with no substitutions made.

Given the final scoreline – which was the same at half-time – that came as something of a surprise.

In his defence, the game was well beyond the Reds’ reach by the interval.

Were changes going to make much of a difference, if any?

Probably not and Lamouchi decided his starting XI had to suck up a mess of their own making.

He said in the Nottingham Post afterwards: “I didn’t make any changes because three was not enough.”

A rather damning assessment of those out on the field, but an entirely fair one.

Those involved against the Owls do not need to be told that they dropped well short of the required level.

Some may be sweating on their place ahead of a trip to Huddersfield.

Which is how it should be.


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Lamouchi has remained loyal to a core group of players, but needs that faith to be rewarded.

It has been for the most part this season, but the wheels have started to wobble.

They haven’t come off, yet, but maintenance is required.

What Lamouchi opts to do from this point remains to be seen.

He is not the first to see Forest suffer a festive hangover with Christmas and New Year approaching.

The Frenchman is, however, the first Reds boss in over four years to see out a Championship fixture without turning to his bench.

The last time that happened was way back on March 14, 2015.

Yorkshire-based opponents were also involved.

On that day, the Reds took in a trip to Elland Road to take on Leeds.

The game finished goalless, so slightly less eventful than the meeting with Wednesday!


Dougie Freedman, who had succeeded Stuart Pearce a few weeks earlier, was calling the shots.

His starting XI was: Darlow, Mancienne, Lascelles, Wilson, Lichaj, Burke, Osborn, Lansbury, Gardner, Antonio, Blackstock.

There are a few there that would be welcomed into the class of 2019-20.

Those snubbed on the bench were: Collins, Fox, Veldwijk, Paterson, Vaughan, Evtimov and Walker.

So, Tyler Walker is the only player who still boasts ties to Forest – but is currently out on loan at Lincoln.

He will not, therefore, play any part in the trip to Huddersfield on Saturday.

Lamouchi, though, will once again cobble together a matchday squad of 18 and pass judgement on who is deserving of seeing minutes and who isn’t.

Surely he won’t go 180 minutes without making a change, will he!?

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