No sooner had Brice Samba conceded on Friday evening, the pitchforks were out on Twitter calling for the head of the Nottingham Forest goalkeeper.
The Congolese stopper looked powerless to prevent Lyndon Dykes from heading home at the far post. Certainly, Djed Spence and Max Lowe could have been more in the firing line for the opening goal.
It would appear that some felt Samba should be criticised and frankly, this is becoming a bizarre trend among the City Ground faithful.
It does seem somewhat trendy for supporters to basically blame the goalkeeper for every goal that Forest ever concede.
Samba does have his moments. He is laid back to the point where sometimes it seems as though he should be laying down and he can be erratic.
When he has been in top form for Forest though, he has proved himself a very gifted goalkeeper and one who has helped the team claim plenty of points.
Ultimately, Forest are a team that hasn’t tasted Premier League football for over 20- years. It’s probably unlikely that a goalkeeper who saves every single shot aimed at him will be attracted to the club. Do those goalkeepers even exist?
It’s not unfair to say that his form has suffered a considerable drop, however. In the early stages of the campaign, Samba cost Forest goals in pretty much every game. That wasn’t good enough and he will know that.
Since Cooper came to the City Ground though, he’s been largely good. He may have done better with Bristol City’s opening goal but other than that he’s done okay.
Magic or myth? How do Forest crack the Samba conundrum?
Ethan Horvath didn’t cover himself in glory during his only Championship appearance and perhaps he isn’t the answer. Likewise, Jordan Smith looks to have run out of Forest lives.
Samba’s distribution and commanding of his area have improved under Cooper and in no way should be the victim of criticism for Friday night.
Both Spence and Lowe have been quality since arriving at Forest but QPR’s goal on Friday came from poor moments by the pair.
Spence was bamboozled by Albert Adomah, whilst Lowe appeared to duck out of the way of Dykes’ header.
But, it was Samba who copped the flak and that seems a shame.
Nonetheless, as disappointing as some moaning at Samba on Friday is, January looks set to be an intriguing time of things.
Cooper is backing Samba right now as the best at his disposal. Whether he deems it fit to bring in another goalkeeper certainly throws up an interesting debate.
For now, the 27-year-old is Forest’s goalkeeper and perhaps some supporters need to stop moaning at him for the sake of moaning.