Joe Lolley made a return to form against his former club Huddersfield yesterday. His shot was turned into his own goal by Lee Nicholls to give Forest a two-goal cushion during the 2-0 win. Afterwards, the winger made a subtle dig at former boss Chris Hughton.
The 29-year-old has struggled for the best part of a year. He battled fiercely with injury last season, missing the final 12 games of the campaign with a hamstring tear.
Pre-season saw him return to form, however. He played his part in some decent wins and started the season well during the 2-1 defeat against Coventry City. Illness struck, however, and he was forced to miss three games prior to the international break.
He may have been robbed of a goal by the dubious goals committee yesterday, but his work rate was impressive. He thrived on the right-hand side and linked up nicely with Djed Spence.
After the game, the player mentioned the win on Instagram. It would seem as though his comment suggested, former boss Hughton stifled his ability to express himself on the pitch.
The recently departed manager was stubborn with regard to his defensive approach. He was constantly concerned by what the opposition could do as opposed to how Forest could hurt teams themselves.
What did Lolley say after Forest win?
The Reds forward is a well-liked member of the squad and the fan base would dearly love to see him back to his best. It’s fair to say that plenty will agree with him regarding his suggestion that Hughton stifled the team’s attacking players.
Forest’s system yesterday really complimented the squad and might have given Steve Cooper some food for thought from afar.
Lolley took to Instagram and posted the below message after a superb first win of the campaign for Forest.