Nottingham Forest defeated Birmingham City 3-0 at the City Ground to hand boss Sabri Lamouchi his first win as the club’s head coach.
His side were rampant as the unbeaten Blues were comfortably brushed aside on Trentside. The Reds goals came courtesy of Joe Lolley, Lewis Grabban and Michael Dawson and in truth, they should have scored more.
Lamouchi will hope this win is just the start for his team as they now prepare for an away double-header with Charlton Athletic and Fulham.
Following the Birmingham win we looked at three takeaways from the contest:
Sow the real deal
When Samba Sow was signed from Dynamo Moscow during the summer eyebrows were raised among supporters and perhaps not in a good way.
Any cynical supporters who wondered where Sow might fit in needn’t have worried. The Malian performer looks like a quality addition to the Forest ranks and looked superb on his maiden Championship start.
He threw himself into tackles, was energetic around the pitch and proved neat and tidy in possession. Sow started and played well against Fleetwood on Tuesday, but this performance was even better on Saturday.
Time to leave Lewis Grabban alone
Kenny Burns came in for some deserved criticism earlier in the season for suggesting Grabban should be sold by Forest. Since those pathetic comments, the Reds’ talisman has netted twice and in truth should have scored more at the weekend.
His well-taken header from a Joe Lolley cross gave Forest a two-goal cushion and gave him his second goal of the 2019/20 campaign. It was perhaps Grabban’s other work that caught the eye on Saturday, however.
One criticism often thrown at Grabban is his work-rate. Against Birmingham, he gave their defenders no respite and closed down countless lost causes to help Forest on their way.
Back four looking settled
Carl Jenkinson might not have played a league game for Forest yet but the impact he has had on Matty Cash has been telling already.
The Forest youngster was superb against the Blues and the whole back four is now starting to look organised and settled.
One Achilles heel for the Reds in recent seasons has been injuries to crucial players in important areas on the pitch. If Forest can get a settled back four working together it will aid their season considerably.