Nottingham Forest slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Luton Town last night and in the process, Filip Krovinovic’s importance was highlighted.
Chris Hughton opted to withdraw the Croatian just four minutes after the Hatters had gone in front as he switched to 4-4-2.
That decision saw Forest struggle to play with the same intensity they had for the previous hour with chances coming at a premium.
Krovinovic is only nine games into his career at the City Ground since arriving from Benfica on loan.
Despite that, he already looks integral to the way in which Hughton wants his team to play.
This result does provide a setback after Forest’s hard work of the last few months.
With Watford, Reading, Norwich, Brentford and Cardiff now on the horizon, the Reds still have work to do.
Krovinovic is constantly probing, always trying to make things happen and demands the ball to feet.
He has grown into things at Forest and on the events of last night, he is arguably the team’s most integral player right now.
The 25-year-old made three key passes and finished the game with a pass success rating of 89.7% (Who Scored).
Krovinovic checked in on loan from Benfica during January and he’s looked a very astute signing.
Ironically it was what Forest did without him on the pitch that truly highlighted his performance.
The team slipped back into their style of play from several weeks ago when he went off, looking void of ideas and struggling to create anything of note.
Forest still have work to do in their quest to avoid relegation and Hughton will have learnt a lot about the £14,000-a-week Krovinovic in last night’s defeat.