Nottingham Forest were beaten in stoppage time as their soft underbelly once again reared its ugly head at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

The Reds’ pre-season preparations were hampered with an outbreak of Covid-19, although that simply cannot be used as an excuse.

With 10 minutes remaining, Forest still held their one-goal lead, given to them by Lyle Taylor during the first half.

Goals from Viktor Gyokeres and Kyle McFadzean ensured a memorable win for the hosts though.

Following yesterday’s game, we looked at the three best performers and also at three who need to pull their fingers out.

Three Forest positives

Loic Mbe Soh

His withdrawal was perhaps a turning point for Forest. He picked up an injury just prior to half-time and was replaced by Tobias Figueiredo.

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Mbe Soh leads from the back; Photo; Marc Atkins; Getty Images)

It was Soh’s magnificent pass out from the back which saw Brennan Johnson go on a mesmerising run to set up Lyle Taylor.

The former PSG youngster grasped his chance at the hope will be that he will won’t be out too long with the injury he sustained.

Brennan Johnson

The Reds youngster was bang in form and highlighted exactly why he can’t be sold this summer.

His stunning run allowed him to stick Taylor’s opener on a plate and the Forest strikers will relish that level of service this season.

Johnson will naturally have suitors for his signature but ultimately, they have to stand firm and retain his services.

Lyle Taylor

Scoring will have helped his confidence ten-fold. Taylor slid him after some superb work from Johnson and the jubilation was etched all over his face.

 

The 31-year-old has been linked with a move away from the City Ground but Forest are thin on the ground when it comes to strikers.

With the right level of service, he could be a decent player during 2021/22.

Three Forest players who struggled

Brice Samba

Ethan Horvath will have sat on the bench and been intrigued by what he saw in the closing stages from Forest’s goalkeeper.

Although he was powerless to prevent Coventry’s equaliser, he could have done far better with the second.

After a bizarre parry away from an initial effort, he then fumbled the second goalbound shot and watched on as the ball squirmed into his net.

Samba must cut out these mistakes if he’s to retain his number one status.

Gaetan Bong

Although he didn’t play too bad he was found wanting on several occasions and Forest must quickly snap up a left-back.

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Bong fouls O’Hare; Photo; Marc Atkins; Getty Images)

Bong isn’t the answer for the Reds and he was given a torrid time in the second half by Callum O’Hare.

It does somewhat strange that Forest haven’t addressed their issues at left-back throughout the summer.

Colback-Yates pivot

Although both players had pretty decent games, the pairing of Colback and Yates is very much clashing of styles.

Both players appear comfortable doing the same job and that limits Forest getting the ball forward from midfield.

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