James Garner looks a tidy addition
If Forest fans didn’t know what to expect from the Manchester United loanee before this match, they’ll have a great idea now.
Garner looked composed on the ball, keen to progress forward and switched the play beautifully on several occasions.
He also showed a willingness to get stuck in on his first start, taking some blows in the process, but everything about his debut suggests he’ll be a good signing.
The Reds shoot themselves in the foot again…
There was a lot that was preventable about Coventry’s opening goal from Maxime Biamou – namely the whole team not playing to the whistle after Filip Krovinovic went down – but none more so than the way Biamou was given free rein to cut inside and shoot.
Granted, Cyrus Christie slipped, but the Ireland international didn’t even try and show Biamou on the outside and it cost his team a goal.
This will be especially frustrating for Chris Hughton, as once again his side conceded from an individual error.
…but they showed tremendous grit to turn things around
While the manner of the goal conceded has to be critiqued, the way Forest got back into it has to be praised.
Undeterred by the goal, Forest stepped up the intensity and got their just desserts when Sammy Ameobi cut back for Lewis Grabban to slot home.
They maintained that positive mindset in the second half too and Michael Rose heading into his own net from a Christie cross was proof you make your own luck in football.
It was a bit backs against the wall after that – Grabban heading off the line a notable example – but Forest earned their three points.
Yuri Ribeiro can’t come back soon enough
While Gaetan Bong was solid in the first half, in the second he was the complete opposite and it very nearly proved costly.
Pretty much every single Coventry attack in the second half came down Bong’s side and every time he was nowhere to be seen.
Eventually, Hughton brought Tyler Blackett on to help shore up that side and Bong’s contribution will leave many grateful Yuri Ribeiro is back for selection against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
How important will those three points be for Nottingham Forest?