Chris Hughton has explained his decision to make only one substitute in Nottingham Forest’s 2-0 defeat to Barnsley at the weekend.
Forest fell to their first defeat since the loss at Middlesbrough, conceding two late goals with Callum Styles and Cauley Woodrow netting.
Forest had their fair share of chances to go in front, with Miguel Angel Guerrero squandering two big chances in the first-half.
Lyle Taylor was also denied by a fabulous save by Jack Walton in the second-half, with the goalkeeper keeping out a glancing header.
Guerrero was taken off for Luke Freeman on 73 minutes in what was Forest’s only change of the game, with Hughton defending his decision.
Fans were left unhappy by the lack of fresh changes. Barnsley, meanwhile, made five changes, and ended up winning the game.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, he said: “It was because I was generally happy with the performance.
“You’ve never got complete control of a game, because you’re up against very good teams.
“But in terms of my games so far, we were as much in control against Barnsley as we have been in any other game.
“For me, there wasn’t the necessity. Anthony (Knockaert) looked like he could produce something, and I thought Joe (Lolley) did okay.
“Lyle (Taylor), along with Guerrero, hasn’t played too many 90 minutes. I thought he just got to the stage where, with his ball retention, he was just losing it a little bit.
“But overall, I thought he played well.”
Forest remain 20th in the Sky Bet Championship table, 10 points off the play-offs and three points clear of the relegation zone.
It was quite bizarre to see Hughton make only one sub, especially given the new EFL rule that was put in place this week.
Forest were well on top in the second-half to be fair to them, but you could tell some players were struggling and maybe should have been taken off.
Barnsley made the most of the new rule, and the freshen-up in attack gave Forest something to think about, and they finally reaped the rewards in the end.