Nottingham Forest were beaten 1-0 by Huddersfield Town in the Championship to make it four games without a win to start the 2020/21 campaign.
Frazier Campbell’s 54th-minute strike was enough to compound Forest to their third defeat in succession in the league.
It’s a result which surely leaves questions to be asked over boss Sabri Lamouchi, with the Reds having won just three of their last 19 contests, failing to score a single goal yet this season.
Forest did make seven changes from the defeat against Cardiff City last weekend. Cyrus Christie, Loic Mbe Soh, Scott McKenna and Harry Arter all came in for their first starts in the Garibaldi.
In truth, the new signings didn’t play badly – albeit the play was a bit disjointed at times given the fresh nature of the players playing with each other.
Once again though Lamouchi proved reactive rather than proactive.
Forest had played in decent fashion during the first-half, with Sammy Ameobi and Mbe Soh forcing Ben Hamer into smart saves.
Instead of taking the game to Huddersfield though, Lamouchi opted to continue with a bank of three in midfield, choosing only to change it once Campbell had fired the hosts in front.
One bright spark on the night came from academy graduate Alex Mighten.
The winger’s introduction at half-time might have seen the scoreline swing in Forest’s favour.
Nonetheless, the youngster looks sharp, intelligent and showed some real flashes of brilliance in the time he was on the pitch.
The 18-year-old can’t be too far away from a Championship starting berth and on this showing, he can be an asset for Forest this season.
Meanwhile, Lamouchi faces an anxious wait to see if he lives to fight another day.
His stubbornness could come back to bite him and although he mixed the style up, he’s got to allow his players more freedom.
With three wins in 19 games and six defeats on the spin, it really is looking somewhat bleak for Lamouchi right now.
He desperately needs his team to find a way to goal and the Bristol City game next week might just be pivotal.