Nottingham Forest capitulated again as Arsenal beat them 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.
After conceding early doors, the Reds stood firm and grew into the first half in North London.
That gave the team something to build on, but Forest took a familiar wrong turn.
From when Reiss Nelson made it 2-0, Steve Cooper’s team simply downed tools and conceded twice more in eight minutes.
The Reds need to gain a backbone and quickly.
Forest have now capitulated against Arsenal, Manchester City, Bournemouth, Fulham and Leicester.
It simply isn’t good enough and these are worrying times for Cooper.
The head coach is an honest enough man to know that he’s not immune to criticism.
But in these instances, he can’t keep carrying the can for a group of players who continue to fold.
This was supposed to be different.
After last week’s unbelievable 1-0 win over Liverpool and a battling 0-0 with Brighton, it seemed as though a corner had been turned.
In those games, we saw sheer determination and a willingness to put their body on the line for the club.
Against Arsenal, Forest simply rolled over and had their bellies feebly tickled by the Gunners.
Forest capitulate again and supporters aren’t happy
The minimum expectation is that Forest are competitive.
Cooper said as much after the game and he’s dead right; putting in a shift if a mandatory requirement.
Forest can’t keep folding in such a manner.
Yes, Arsenal are good. Right now, they’re the best in the Premier League but that isn’t the point.
Other clubs don’t simply roll over and collapse is such an emphatic style and fans are sick of it.
Cooper has to sift out certain players.
Some of them simply aren’t trying hard enough – or care enough – to try and help the team climb the table.
A goal difference of -20 before November has even been reached is frankly embarrassing.
Cooper has his toughest challenge since taking over at Forest and the constant embarrassment simply won’t do.