Nottingham Forest were unable to hold onto all three points at the weekend, with Sheffield Wednesday salvaging a late point in a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough.
The Reds would have been hoping to restart their season in the best possible way, as they looked to reignite their push for promotion via the play-offs.
Up first for Lamouchi’s men was a trip to Hillsborough to face a Sheffield Wednesday side that had embarked on a dreadful run of form before the EFL season was postponed.
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Forest did take the lead on Saturday afternoon, with Joe Lolley latching onto a Matty Cash through ball and slotting into the bottom corner on 69 minutes.
But in stoppage time, Connor Wickham snatched a late point for Wednesday, grabbing all three points from Forest’s grasp in the latter stages of the contest.
Here, then, after the long-awaited return of EFL action, we take a look at three things we clearly learnt about Forest after their 1-1 draw with the Owls…
They need to remain switched on in key moments
Saturday afternoon wasn’t the first time Forest have conceded late on and thrown away all three points due to a lack of concentration, especially away from home.
They conceded late on to Millwall in a 2-2 draw back in December, after coming from behind to lead the game 2-1.
They also conceded a last-minute stoppage time equaliser against Reading in January, despite taking the lead in the 95th minute only to concede a minute later.
Every game between now and the end of the season is going to get bigger and bigger as each week goes by, and it is vitally important they see out a lead right until the final whistle is blown.
A new role for Tiago Silva?
Saturday afternoon saw Tiago Silva take up a more deeper role in midfield, due to the absences of Samba Sow and Ben Watson.
Silva has played further forward as a natural number 10 this term, but the weekend saw him take up Watson’s role – collecting the ball deep in midfield and helping them play out of the back.
It was a role he performed really well in, and it could be a useful option for Lamouchi going forward.
Reasons for optimism
To say that they hadn’t played for over three months, Lamouchi should be pleased with his side’s performance on the whole.
Without arguably two of their most important players in the side in Ben Watson and Samba Sow, Forest looked to control the midfield and control proceedings for large parts of the encounter.
There wasn’t any real rustiness and they played with a good tempo and looked sharp, which will give them a big boost ahead of the final eight games of the season.
With Watson and Sow set to return, they are only going to get stronger, and it could turn out to be a decent point away from home come the end of the campaign.