Nottingham Forest’s 2019-20 campaign is up and running, with the Reds suffering a 2-1 defeat to West Brom on the opening weekend.
It is the first time since 1983 that the Reds have come unstuck on home soil in their first outing of any given campaign.
The hope will be that an early wobble proves to be a minor blip, with Sabri Lamouchi seeing unfortunate mistakes cost his side dear.
Eradicating them from future performances will help to get a new-look team on track, with there positives to carry forward into the 45 games to come.
Here, Seat Pitch casts an eye over a stumble out of the blocks and delivers a mark out of 10 for those given the chance to get minutes under their belt.
Aro Muric – 5
A competitive debut to forget for the on-loan goalkeeper, with two errors of judgement proving to be decisive. His distribution is decent, as you would expect from a player schooled at Manchester City, but questions asked in pre-season of his reliability remain.
Matty Cash – 6
All looked rosy when he fired the Reds in front, with a makeshift full-back given license to get forward in the opening exchanges. Never really looked comfortable going the other way and more suitable cover for the injured Tendayi Darikwa should be a priority before the window closes.
Michael Dawson – 6
Good to see him back to full fitness and donning the captain’s armband, with the attributes which make him a useful asset all on display. Did little wrong and showed that he has lost none of his passing range, but needs to take control of those around him.
Joe Worrall – 6
Got stuck in when required and maintained concentration throughout – which has been an issue at times. The jury remains out on whether two home-grown stars remain the best combination for Lamouchi at the heart of Forest’s back four.
Jack Robinson – 6
The Reds struggled to contain West Brom’s threat down the flanks, but still managed to keep clear-cut openings to a premium. Remains the obvious choice to fill the left-back berth and combined well with Lolley at times.
Albert Adomah – 6
Neat flick to Cash which allowed Forest to break the deadlock. Being able to switch flanks with Lolley and mix things up should aid the Reds’ cause and there is the promise of more to come. Frustrated not to see more decisions go his way or some fine runs picked out by team-mates.
Alfa Semedo – 7
Looks to be a top addition to the City Ground ranks. Has been billed as the ‘Guinean Pogba’ in the past, and it is easy to see why. The Championship should hold no fear for a man who has already shown that he is prepared to put himself about, while being full of running and strong on the ball.
Ben Watson – 5
Like Aitor Karanka and Martin O’Neill before him, Lamouchi has put his trust in a veteran performer. That may be a little misplaced, or a case of needs must. Lack of pace was shown up and Forest need a better link man to provide that bridge between defence and midfield.
Tiago Silva – 6
Another who showed flashes of promise in his first outing on a Championship stage. Has the ability, but Forest need to find a way of bringing it out of him on a consistent basis. Also need the correct system for a playmaker who had to put in more – sometimes rash – challenges than he would like.
Joe Lolley – 6
A typically energetic showing from a man who is always desperate to make his mark. Found himself banging his head against a brick wall for long periods, with nothing quite happening for him. Undoubtedly more to come from the club’s reigning Player of the Year.
Lewis Grabban – 5
Starved of service, which has become something of a running theme for the Reds frontman. Doesn’t put himself about, but that is not his game. Remains a proven goalscorer and needs those around him to offer greater assistance when it comes to the final third of the field.
Rafa Mir (Silva, 62’) – 6
Looked lively and eager to make an immediate impression. Must avoid trying too hard in his desire to show what he is all about.
Sammy Ameobi (Lolley, 72’) – 6
Was unable to help Forest find a way back into the game. Is a useful option to have on the bench, given the physicality and neat footwork that he can offer.
Brennan Johnson (Semedo, 88’) – 6
Great to see the son of former favourite David Johnson given his competitive bow for the club. The latest in a long line of academy graduates to make a senior step up.