Nottingham Forest fell to their first defeat under Chris Hughton this afternoon, with the Reds losing 1-0 to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
Forest have certainly started to pick up under Hughton, who replaced Sabri Lamouchi at the helm over two weeks ago.
The Reds went into this one unbeaten, after yielding one win and three draws from their opening four league games under the 61-year-old.
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But their unbeaten run game to an end this afternoon, with Marvin Johnson’s goal on 81 minutes securing another home win for Neil Warnock’s Boro.
One talking point before the game had even began was the inclusion of Gaetan Bong, who made only his second appearance for the club since arriving from Brighton in January.
Bong – who played under Hughton at Brighton – replaced the suspended Nicholas Ioannou, with Tyler Blackett out injured and Yuri Ribeiro once again overlooked.
Bong looked solid for the large part, but it was header which led to George Saville crossing for Johnson who fired home from close-range.
Some Forest fans have reacted to his performances, with many left disappointed following the Reds’ late defeat on the road…
Bong has actually played alright today #nffc
— Jake Cheetham (@Cheetham496) October 31, 2020
Bong? Sign him for Boro just for the name.
— Reilley (@MurphyGuy2) October 31, 2020
It really is scandalous that Bong is now ahead of our best left back # nffc
— Shaun (@aryan86) October 31, 2020
Bong looks like he's playing in a charity match for a laugh, and he's never actually played football before. #nffc
— Matt (@inbritainwedont) October 31, 2020
Hope bong gets sent off for that tackle #nffc
— WJ (@TheCityGround1) October 31, 2020
Cafu, Guerrero, Bong. They themselves as players are not the problem. But are indicative of it. #NFFC
— Jack (@Inthetop1_nffc) October 31, 2020
Embarrassing header from Bong. Embarrassing to let Saville cross and embarrassing from Christie
— Jason (@Jcov1998) October 31, 2020
Bong has been solid today tbh 😳😅 #NFFC
— Nick (@NJL82) October 31, 2020
Where’s bong haters now idiots #NFFC
— Jordan🇵🇹 (@JordanNFFC) October 31, 2020
That was a genuine goal saving tackle from Bong. Superb challenge #nffc
— CB (@Chris78901) October 31, 2020
Fair play to Bong, decent performance. The less said about the other full back the better. Another scrappy Forest game, no surprise there. Do think this is there for the taking if we have our usual 2nd half improvement #NFFC
— Daniel (@dan_nbry) October 31, 2020