Nottingham Forest were dismantled 4-0 by Fulham on home soil on Sunday and for one Reds player, he is now set for a first real obstacle as a City Ground star.
Since checking in from Aberdeen it’s been relatively sweetness and light for Scott McKenna. He has adapted well to English football and has rarely put a foot wrong.
It’s perhaps not unsurprising then that the 24-year-old did finally have a bad game on Sunday. The Law of averages at Championship level says that eventually, every player will throw in a nightmare.
That moment came on Sunday for McKenna. He was given a torrid time of things by Aleksandar Mitrovic and struggled to get to grips with Fulham throughout the contest.
For the Cottagers second goal, the uncompromising Scotland star managed to run into Tobias Figueiredo when trying to clear the ball in his own box. Mitrovic is one of the league’s best strikers and he won’t score an easier goal all season.
It was arguably McKenna’s first remotely dodgy game in a Forest shirt. He is typically dependable and has often been a bright spark for the team; even when things haven’t really worked out.
Now, he’s facing a first real acid test and it’ll say much about his character whether or not he can overcome Sunday’s showing.
Forest fans shouldn’t worry about McKenna
Even the best of players have off days and that’s what McKenna experienced at the weekend. Figueiredo has had then and certainly earlier in his Forest career, Worrall was also guilty of throwing them in.
McKenna has now played 39 games for the Reds in total and you can count on one hand the times he’s let Forest down.
Fans can sometimes get panicked by a bad performance here and there but some caution would be urged with McKenna.
Fulham spent an absolute fortune in the summer and with the size of their parachute payments, the Reds were always like to find the Cottagers a game too far on their good run of form.
McKenna is young and he should be capable of bouncing back from the performance on Sunday.
He’s one of Forest’s most important players. With that in mind, you can bet he’ll be looking to produce a strong display at QPR on Friday night.