Nottingham Forest have some serious work to do – starting at home to Swansea City in the Championship this weekend.

A goal in each half compounded the Reds to their second straight defeat at Bournemouth on Tuesday night, with Chris Hughton striving for consistency.

Forest are languishing embarrassingly close to the relegation zone and things simply have to improve.

Here he we look at some problems for the Forest boss to assess this weekend.

Central reservations

Hughton has gone with Tobias Figueiredo and Scott McKenna in all nine of the Championship games he has overseen.

That could change this weekend though, after another costly Figueiredo mistake on Tuesday.

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Loic Mbe Soh has waited patiently on the bench and perhaps he will earn a start alongside McKenna.

At right-back there is also a big decision to be made. Cyrus Christie didn’t cover himself in glory for Bournemouth’s first goal the other night either.

His attacking play is pretty good but defensively he has been prone to an error. Carl Jenkinson is an option for Hughton to look at.

On the other side Yuri Ribeiro would have been on the bench on Tuesday but injury to Gaetan Bong in the warm-up saw him start.

Nicholas Ioannou is also vying for a place on the left-hand side.

Lack of midfield spark

Hughton has tried a few different combinations in midfield but nothing has seemed to really click for Forest.

Ryan Yates, Jack Colback and Harry Arter all boast similar qualities – albeit Arter is perhaps a little more forward thinking.

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Colback has taken some stick from supporters in recent weeks, with many calling for him to be dropped.

A game or two on the sidelines might reignite his form but given he has captained the side recently, it would come as a shock.


Cafu has waited patiently for an opportunity and perhaps we’ll see him handed a start with a tough run of games on the horizon.

Hughton is striving for a winning midfield formula and this is comfortably his biggest conundrum right now.

Who acts as foil for Taylor?

Lyle Taylor is picking himself right now with Lewis Grabban on the treatment table.

Last season’s 20-goal star is unlikely to be risked from the start even if he does shake off his hip problem in time for this weekend.

Miguel Angel Guerrero had started just behind Taylor against Wycombe and Barnsley and he’s done okay when called upon.

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The Spaniard has proved strong as an ox and with a bit more composure might have got himself off the mark for the Reds.

Will Swan is a highly-rated youngster emerging from the academy ranks.

He was on the bench on Tuesday night and he’ll hope to be included in Hughton’s 20-man squad once more.

There is another big call for Hughton to make out wide, as Joe Lolley, Sammy Ameobi and Anthony Knockaert compete for two spots.

Ameobi was decent the other night and should keep his place, with Knockaert looking impressive from the bench.

Alex Mighten is also back in the frame following his injury.

The youngster would bring some right-footed balance amid a plethora of left-sided players.

He too will hope to start making the manager’s squad as the Christmas period approaches.

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