Nottingham Forest missed out on a brilliant opportunity to enter the automatic promotion places after suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Charlton last night.
Leeds’ draw with promotion rivals Brentford meant that three points would have lifted Forest above those two sides, as well as Fulham, who play on tonight. Added to that, they have missed out on a great chance to continue their fine momentum, having beaten Leeds on Saturday to make it six wins from nine league games.
One of the reasons for such a poor display may have been Sabri Lamouchi’s decision to make so many changes to the side and some fans certainly think that is the case. Regulars such as Lewis Grabban, Matty Cash and Samba Sow missed out as the Forest boss decided to rest players, a decision which could still pay off with 14 league games still left to play. A reaction will be needed, however, in terms of both performance and result, with the trip to West Brom their next chance to get the promotion push back on track.
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Here is what some fans are saying about Lamouchi in response to the loss.
I like Lamouchi but he needs to be held for account for tonight's team. Huge momentum loss, not learning from previous mistakes re: mass changes, disrespect for Charlton & the 28k Forest fans imo
— Will Franklin (@willfranklin213) February 11, 2020
Let’s be honest though Sabri has made a right mess of this tonight
— Steve ‘Woody’ Allen (@stekallen) February 11, 2020
Every time Sabri gets overly arrogant and makes a shed load of changes against a “weaker” side it comes back to bite us. Wigan and a couple of others come to mind
— Ben 🌲 (@benrollo1) February 11, 2020
It was a shocking performance and Sabri is to blame he has tried to justify his signings by disrupting a winning side.
— John Nally (@donnyred1) February 11, 2020
Managers fault. Simple. Tied one hand behind our back before we started. Rare error by Sabri.
— Alan 🌟🌟(SILKS)🏆🏆 (@SilkyNI) February 11, 2020
Lamouchi completely at fault tonight. Very disappointing. Team look like they have never played together, because most of them haven’t.
— JMP (@JMP_0901) February 11, 2020
— Thomas Spall (@thomas_spall) February 11, 2020
Was Lamouchi to blame for the defeat, or should Forest’s fringe players have stepped up and performed better when called upon? Tell us what you think!
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