Nottingham Forest take on Coventry City at the City Ground tomorrow night looking to put a second win of the season on the board.
The Reds have been seriously slow starters during 2020/21 and the defeat to Middlesbrough makes the need for a victory urgent.
Forest haven’t started games well at all and have only held the lead in a game once all season – in the win at Blackburn when the Reds scored in stoppage time.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game we looked at three changes that Chris Hughton needs to make to his team for the visit of the Sky Blues.
In fairness, Taylor hasn’t been completely fit since he arrived at the club and taking him out of the starting eleven after two tough games made sens at the weekend.
He is a goalscorer though and his ability to terrorise the opposition makes him a must in Hughton’s team tomorrow night.
Taylor grabbed the winning goal against Derby in Forest’s last home fixture and his determination has been there for all to see.
With the right players around him, the 30-year-old is capable of adding to his tally and he should start against Coventry.
The 28-year-old winger has also been struggling for some time with a shin injury.
Hughton clearly felt his presence would be better felt from the bench on Saturday but he should return tomorrow.
Lolley is capable of grabbing games by the scruff of the neck with a serious ability to put defenders on the back foot.
With that in mind he should return against Coventry as Hughton seeks a crucial victory.
After the game on Saturday, Hughton mentioned that Cafu might be a player to offer Forest something going forward.
If that is the case then he needs to start the Portuguese midfielder against Mark Robins’ side.
Ryan Yates and Jack Colback playing together invites pressure on the Reds, given that they both like to sit deep.
If Cafu is capable of operating like a natural number eight then it could be worth giving him a chance to impress from the off.
Taking one of Colback and Yates out of the engine room could instantly make Forest more attacking.
The challenge for Hughton is to find a formula that works for the Reds.