Nottingham Forest only had themselves to blame as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Luton Town in the Championship.
Ryan Tunnicliffe scored the only goal of the game when he prodded in from inside the six yard box after being found by Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu.
However, Forest could and should have been out of sight before that, with Glenn Murray spurning two glorious opportunities within the first 30 minutes of the game.
On what was very much ‘one of those days’, here are three things that we learnt from the match…
Profligacy the enemy again
Manager Chris Hughton stressed the importance of Forest being more clinical in the final third before the match, but once again the Reds missed several key chances.
Murray was surprisingly guilty for this in the first half, planting an Anthony Knockaert cross straight at Luton keeper Simon Sluga, before somehow missing from inside the six yard box on the half hour mark.
Lo and behold, their profligacy came back to haunt them as Luton scored with their second attempt on goal in a position identical to where Murray inexplicably missed.
It’s something that Hughton will really need to work on as while there will probably be three teams worse than Forest this season, it’s by no means a guarantee.
Lack of pace on the counter an issue
While Forest very much played on the front foot – in the first half, anyway – what was very noticeable was how slow they were on the counter.
On the one hand, Forest were accurate with their passing as they were progressing up the pitch; but on the other, they moved so slowly that Luton had ample time to get back into shape.
It’s no secret that Hughton was looking for a winger in the January window – perhaps with this in mind – and it’ll be interesting to see whether this is an area that they address in the summer.
Second half performance a concern
What will be very frustrating for Hughton is how Forest looked so comfortable in the first half, but so tired and careless in the second.
It seemed that within 10 minutes, they had lost all momentum and while Luton were hardly banging on the door, it was only a matter of time they would get a chance with the way Forest were playing.
This was Forest’s fourth game in 10 days, which may have had a big part to play, but the lack of intensity and urgency will be frustrating for Forest fans and management alike.
Even when Forest changed shape to go two up top, it had little impact and if anything, Forest lost further momentum as Filip Krovinovic was subbed.
It’ll certainly give Hughton a lot of thought, especially ahead of a very challenging run of fixtures.
How damaging is this 1-0 defeat to Luton Town for Nottingham Forest?