Nottingham Forest were defeated 1-0 by Bristol City yesterday afternoon as new boss Martin O’Neill was denied a fairytale return.
The new Reds boss witnessed an abject display from his new charges; with the challenge of lifting confidence within the squad looking like a tough task.
Forest have won just once during their last nine Championship fixtures and the Reds never looked like winning on Saturday.
O’Neill went into his first game in charge with a defensive crisis of sorts and new signing Yohan Benalouane was handed his debut, despite only penning terms at the City Ground on Friday.
The Tunisian signed an 18-month contract from Leicester City and went straight into the starting line-up.
Some Forest fans had questioned the arrival of the defender given that he hasn’t played a great deal of football during the last couple of years.
Those cynics needn’t have worried, however, as Benalouane looked comfortable at the heart of the back four; proving to be one of Forest’s standout performers on an otherwise miserable afternoon.
Following a solid maiden showing by Benalouane, Seat Pitch rounded up supporters’ thoughts from the world of Twitter.
Well I thought @YohanBenalouane was bloody fab today bearing in mind he only signed 2 days ago. Got high hopes for the lad 😊
— Username_is_already_taken__ (@Klg1711) January 19, 2019
Aside from a very accomplished debut performance @YohanBenalouane has already made a great first impression with supporters and team mates. Great pro, 👌 attitude, you can already see why he was so popular at #lcfc and will be a great asset to #nffc too.
— Forest FanBase (@ForestFanBase) January 20, 2019
A really good debut , particularly as he had not been playing regularly. He wanted to win those balls coming in. And he did. 👍
— Chris Carr (@ChrisCarrNG9) January 20, 2019
I thought he was really good yesterday. Very good in the air, he was like a magnet at times. Very unlucky to get a yellow for a challenge that didn’t even look a foul from where I was sat. Almost scored too.
— James (@jship90) January 20, 2019
— Richwatson (@Richwat65020170) January 20, 2019
Credit to @YohanBenalouane was quality today 🔴
— Daniel_Gooday (@dggooday) January 19, 2019
— Forest FanBase (@ForestFanBase) January 19, 2019
Never missed a header great debut n unlucky not to score great save by Bristol keeper
— Philip Steel (@philsteel57) January 20, 2019