Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton is likely to ring some changes for Wednesday’s clash with Swansea City. In Anthony Knockaert and Cyrus Christie, however, he has a partnership emerging.
The Reds boss didn’t make a single substitution at the weekend during the 0-0 draw with Bournemouth, leaving some fans perplexed.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing though and the boss suggested afterwards, he didn’t want to upset the defensive solidity.
With that in mind, some changes are likely to be made when Hughton names his team to play Swansea.
Forest have games coming thick and fast and keeping his team as fresh as possible will be paramount.
The Reds are creeping up the Championship table but won’t want to keep looking over their shoulder at the teams below them.
Changes will be necessary to allow certain players to recover but on the right-hand side something is blossoming.
Some statistics from Saturday showcase that Christie and Knockaert are doing a decent job at the moment.
Forest’s right-back has come in for some criticism this season – particularly for his defending.
On Saturday, however, his six clearances were the most of any Forest player – tied with Tobias Figueiredo. He also made three interceptions (Who Scored).
Furthermore, he made two key passes during the game, which for context, was as many as James Garner.
Knockaert also enjoyed another strong performance, operating on the right flank.
He attempted four crosses and had four shots at goal during the 90 minutes. He was also fouled three times – the most of any Forest player.
Both players have endured some criticism this season and at times they’ve underperformed.
It seems as though the duo enjoys playing in tandem on the right-hand side though, with the pair complementing each other.
Both are only on loan at the City Ground and it’ll be interesting to see if either are signed permanently.
Christie wasn’t added by Hughton and a permanent deal for him is perhaps more unlikely.
Knockaert appears to thrive under the Forest boss and clearly works hard to try and repay the faith shown by his manager.
There could be changes aplenty when Forest head to the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night.
Leaving the right-hand side exactly how it is, however, looks like a wise move.