Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-0 by Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, with Junior Stanislas scoring twice for the Cherries.
It’s the second defeat in succession for the Reds who face a tough run of fixtures looking desperately short of confidence.
Forest fell behind after three minutes on the south coast and were thankful to Scott McKenna that they didn’t trail by two at the break.
The Reds were facing an uphill battle when Jack Colback was adjudged to have fouled Dominic Solanke inside the box.
Stanislas stepped up and fired home his second of the night.
Forest did improve as the game wore on but once again it was too little too late for the Reds, with Bournmouth more than happy to protect their lead.
Following another disappointing night we looked at the players and rated their performance out of 10.
Brice Samba – 4
Could perhaps have done better with the first goal but did make a decent save shortly after. Didn’t have a deal to do in the second half other than pick the ball out of the net.
Cyrus Christie – 4
Caught out for the opening goal and seems to genuinely struggle up against quick wingers. Did put a couple of menacing balls into the box.
Tobias Figueiredo – 3
Surely the Portuguese defender is getting close to being replaced in the side. Was found woefully flat-footed for the first goal and endured a torrid night.
Scott McKenna – 6
The only bright spark on an otherwise drab night for the Reds. The Forest hierarchy would be wise to glance towards the recruitment of McKenna when it comes to January.
Yuri Ribeiro – 5
Got forward well in the second half but still looks somewhat rusty having found himself out of the reckoning earlier this season.
Jack Colback – 4
Another player who was way below par. Broke some things up well but looked like a passenger in other moments. Was guilty of giving one penalty away – and on another night might have given two away.
Ryan Yates – 4
A lot of tenacity without any real quality on the night. Set the tone with an early challenge on Lewis Cook but then for the fourth time this season missed a sitter with his head from a pinpoint cross.
Harry Arter – 4
Looked out of sorts playing in a more advanced midfield role and was often pretty wasteful in possession.
Joe Lolley – 4
Just doesn’t seem right at the moment and badly struggled to get into the game here as Bournemouth became the latest team to double up on the Forest winger.
Sammy Ameobi – 5
Probably Forest’s best attacking outlet on the night and tried his best to get the Reds back into the game during the second half in particular.
Lyle Taylor – 5
Completely isolated in attack, although he did miss a good chance during the first half which would have drawn Forest level.
Anthony Knockaert – 5
Forest created far more with him on the pitch than they did without him. Should probably start at the weekend.
Miguel Angel Guerrero – N/A
Didn’t really have enough time to make a real impact on the game.