Chris Hughton’s tenure of Nottingham Forest got off to a perfect start at the weekend, with the Reds defeating Blackburn Rovers by a goal to nil at Ewood Park.
The Reds went into this one having lost their first four league games, a run of form which ultimately cost Sabri Lamouchi his job, leading to the appointment of Hughton last week.
His new side came up against a Blackburn outfit who had made a great start to the season, scoring 11 goals and picking up seven points from their first four games.
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It was a battling, determined and gritty performance from the Reds, though, who limited Blackburn to very few chances and perhaps deserved all three points.
Forest left it late to secure their first win of the campaign, with Joe Lolley’s deflected effort in stoppage-time nestling into the bottom corner.
Forest’s defensive performance was hugely impressive, with Scott McKenna reclaiming his place in the side after recovering from a slight injury problem.
The Scottish international was a rock at the back alongside Tobias Figueiredo, and limited the likes of Adam Armstrong, Ben Brereton and Sam Gallagher to very few chances.
Here, we take a look at Forest fans’ reactions to McKenna’s performance…
McKenna because he addresses our biggest weakness,defending set pieces.
— humptydo (@markclater) October 18, 2020
McKenna is a beast at this level
— Stu 🏴 (@5tu_nffc) October 17, 2020
Think McKenna wins that one by a good distance!! #nffc
— Simon Phoenix (@simonphoenix67) October 17, 2020
Sorry but Figueirido even in contention is laughable. He didn't make a mistake that's all today.
McKenna was brilliant and arter was outstanding off the bench. My vote goes to arter with his he changed the game. But @RyanYates97 was very good today #nffc
— Tom Smith (@TomSmithLar) October 17, 2020
McKenna and Ioannou is the best left side to a defence we've had in years. Really good business #NFFC
— The Trent is Red (@thetrentisred) October 17, 2020
#nffc mckenna won every header outstanding
— David pidgeon (@Davidpidgeon16) October 17, 2020
McKenna looks some player. #NFFC
— Lloyd Scott Butler (@Lloydyboy83) October 17, 2020
He actually looks superb doesn't he.
— Lee Clarke (@Clarkey_No1) October 17, 2020
Solid, didn't put a foot wrong
— Shane (@fonforest) October 17, 2020
No messing mate
— michaeloxford (@MikeybNFFC) October 17, 2020