Nottingham Forest were denied a place in the Championship play-offs after a 4-1 home reverse at the hands of Stoke City.
The Reds were leapfrogged by Swansea City on goal difference after Steve Cooper’s men won 4-1 at Reading.
Forest fell behind in the first half when Danny Batth rose highest to head past Jordan Smith.
Tobias Figueiredo equalised in the second half and things looked to be heading in the right direction for the Reds.
Two goals in three minutes from James McClean and Lee Gregory, however, and a Nuno Da Costa own goal just compounded the misery.
Following the game, former player Alan Rogers took to Twitter to vent his frustration at what he had witnessed.
The left-back who had two spells with the club thinks Forest missed a trick in Sunday’s game against Barnsley.
Boss Sabri Lamouchi opted to not only shuffle his pack but also go ultra-defensive in quest of the elusive point.
I am completely speechless. I can’t believe what I have just seen. Maybe playing 12 defenders v Barnsley away was not the smartest move.
— Alan Rogers (@alanrog3) July 22, 2020
In truth, Rogers perhaps has a point. Lamouchi has been pretty good at learning from his mistakes and there were some positives against Stoke.
Stoke’s first goal came against the run of play and had Forest scored three in the first half, there wouldn’t have been any complaints.
When you play and the counter and fail to make the most of the opportunities, however, there is always a danger.
Forest were made to pay for some wayward finishing and some kamikaze defending on a horrendous night for the football club.
It will now be a long month or so before football returns to the City Ground and it’ll be interesting to see what happens next.
Once again for the Reds, it’s a case of back to the drawing board.