Nottingham Forest came from behind once again to secure a point against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park last night.
The Reds stretched their unbeaten run in the Championship to nine games. It wasn’t the best performance from Sabri Lamouchi’s side, but they once again showed their character.
Lamouchi’s men could’ve been ahead inside the opening minute at Ewood Park. However, Lolley’s near-post effort from Lewis Grabban’s centre was deflected agonisingly wide.
It was the hosts who eventually made the breakthrough in the second-half. Adam Armstrong opened the scoring with a determined run and finish on 63 minutes.
The Reds weren’t behind for long though. Within a minute of the restart, Joe Lolley picked the ball up 20-yards out from goal and found the bottom right-hand corner with an unstoppable effort.
At this stage, the 1,138 travelling supporters would’ve fancied their side to go on and secure all three points. In reality, it turned out to be a very tricky end to the game for the Reds.
Tony Mowbray’s side piled forward in the latter stages of the game and put the Reds under intense pressure. Brice Samba made a brilliant save to deny Derrick Williams, whilst Tobias Figueiredo and Joe Worrall had to make several key interventions.
Lamouchi has been praised so far this season by supporters for his tactical nouse and substitutions. It’s fair to say that his substitutions didn’t come off last night though.
His decision to take off Samba Sow for Tiago Silva with around 10 minutes remaining was arguably one change too many. Having both Silva and João Carvalho on at the same time left the Reds wide open.
Lamouchi admitted post-match that his substitutions didn’t have the desired effect. However, he was still pleased with his side’s response to going a goal down in the second-half.
Following yesterday’s match, Nottingham Forest supporters have been making their feelings clear about the decision to take Samba Sow off:
Somebody give a medal to the man who found samba sow #NFFC
— Kane Baggaley (@theKaneBaggaley) October 1, 2019
Good away point in the end, but thought taking samba sow off was one change too many tonight. Rebeiro and Ameobi not good enough for me #nffc
— Tom Willis (@tomwillis1) October 1, 2019
Average game, at 1-1 only us in the game. Admire Sabri bringing Silva on to try and win it last 10 but the hole left by taking Sow off nearly killed us. 4 points in 5 days on the road 👏🏼👏🏼- Worrall again absolutely superb #nffc pic.twitter.com/ivXggvd8hD
— Brummie Tricky 🌳 (@BrummieTricky) October 1, 2019
Tonight proves how vital Sow is to our team. Soon as he went off we got totally over ran in midfield and other occasions when he hasn’t played this season we haven’t been as effective #nffc
— George Thurlby (@loose_tip) October 1, 2019
First time I’ve seen Lamouchi make a poor sub today. Taking Sow off opened the door for them. Did well to hold out #nffc
— Tom Newborough (@TommyNewbz) October 1, 2019
Maybe the only time I’ve questioned Lamouchi is changing Sow for Silva, got overrun in midfield after that #nffc
— Wayne Cooper (@waynecoops1981) October 1, 2019