Nottingham Forest beat Coventry City 2-1 at the City Ground with the Reds securing the victory in dramatic style.

Lyle Taylor’s penalty seven minutes into stoppage time gave Chris Hughton a first home win as Forest boss.

It was a solid first 45 minutes from the Reds but the second half performance simply wasn’t good enough.

With that in mind, we looked at three players who must improve their form going into Saturday’s game with Wycombe.

Luke Freeman

But for a wonder goal against Bristol City, the attacker has struggled to settle at Forest so far.

Freeman started out wide last night in a role that quite simply just doesn’t suit him.

The on-loan Sheffield United man was expected to improve the creativity at Forest but that hasn’t really happened yet.

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Having spent so much time on the fringes at Bramall Lane last season, Freeman isn’t quite up to scratch just yet.

The sooner he he gets going, the better for Forest.


Tobias Figueiredo

Even his most ardent backers would struggle to defend the Portuguese defender last night.

After making a strong block early doors he was anticipated that he’d be in for a good night at the back.

That wasn’t the case though.

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In the second half, the 26-year-old was all over the place and with more composure, Coventry might have scored three goals.

Given that the Wycombe game is the last before the international break, it might be a good opportunity to hand Loic Mbe Soh a chance to shine.

Anthony Knockaert

It’s not really a case of improving for the Frenchman but he need to stop trying to hard.

Last night he was dropping into deep areas to get on the ball and that isn’t really utilising the 28-year-old to maximum effect.

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He was guilty of being wasteful in possession last night but if he was told to stick to his position a bit more, that would help.

Knockaert is better served in the final third and Forest need to get the ball to him in those areas more often.

His delivery has been delicious since arriving at the City Ground but last night was an off-day for the on-loan Fulham ace.

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