Nottingham Forest were beaten 1-0 against Barnsley on Saturday as the Reds exited the Carabao Cup at the first hurdle for the first time since 2015.
Sabri Lamouchi’s team were defeated thanks to a Cauley Woodrow goal just after half-time and in truth, the Reds struggled to get going.
The Frenchman admitted after his side weren’t quite ready and he will hope for a stronger level of performance at QPR in the Championship curtain-raiser this weekend.
Following the contest, we looked at three things we learned from Forest’s first defeat of the season.
It’s going to take time
It goes without saying that Forest, and in particular, Sabri Lamouchi could do with a strong start to the season.
After last season’s capitulation though it might not be something that can be quickly fixed.
Supporters might need to remain patient as the new signings settle into the team and start to showcase their worth to their new manager.
The team on Saturday was nowhere near what Lamouchi will see as his first-choice XI and it might take Forest a little while to get on a roll.
Gabriel in contention
Given his performance on Saturday, Carl Jenkinson and Tendayi Darikwa might just be worried about their place this season.
The departure of Matty Cash allowed youngster Gabriel to make his first senior start at the weekend and he didn’t disappoint.
Gabriel, 21, almost opened the scoring after 20 seconds at Oakwell, marauding forward and planting an effort just wide of the post.
He might just be a surprise inclusion in Lamouchi’s team this season, with Forest’s conveyor belt of young talent showing no sign of slowing down.
Quality in reserve
Despite failing to come from behind on Saturday, it was evident when the teamsheet was announced where the new signings will help.
Forest’s bench looked considerably stronger than it did following the restart last season and that should help as the 2020/21 campaign progresses.
The likes of Lyle Taylor, Luke Freeman and Jack Colback were all among the substitutes at Oakwell and going forward the squad should look far stronger than it did last season.