Nottingham Forest secured their first three points of 2020/21 as a late Joe Lolley goal was enough to rock Blackburn Rovers.
The Reds played their part in the game and defended resolutely throughout the contest.
A new look central defensive pairing of Scott McKenna and Tobias Figueiredo dealt impeccably well with the threat of Ben Brereton, Adam Armstrong and Sam Gallagher.
It ensured three points for the Reds in Chris Hughton’s first game in charge and ended a run of seven straight defeats.
Forest lined up in a usual 4-2-3-1 and the obvious change was in the organisation when they lost possession of the ball.
Hughton deployed a 4-4-2 in defence and in truth, never looked like conceding at Ewood Park.
Figueiredo had been frozen out under Lamouch and his performance was one which caught the eye.
The 26-year-old had clearly been suffering from a lack of confidence after last season and former boss Lamouchi had rightly taken him out of the firing line.
There’s a saying, however, that whilst form might be temporary but class is ultimately permanent – and Figueiredo echoed such a sentiment.
It’s perhaps interesting that Hughton opted for the man who signed from Sporting Lisbon at the expense of Loic Mbe Soh.
The Frenchman has looked in good form but ultimately something had to give when it came to team selection.
Figueiredo cost the Reds just £1.3 million and it would have been a shame for the Portuguese enforcer to end his Forest career on the disappointment of last season’s heartache.
The centre-back wasn’t perfect by any means but ultimately he stood up to be counted. He didn’t shy away and rolled his sleeves up for the cause.
At Ewood Park, he demonstrated how useful he can still be and it’ll be interesting to see how he kicks on from here.