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Chris Hughton reveals reasoning behind recent Nottingham Forest selection call v Barnsley



Nottingham Forest were left frustrated on Saturday, as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Barnsley at Oakwell. 

The Reds had the better of the chances on the day, but were left to rue those missed opportunities as the hosts picked up the three points.

Goals from Callum Styles and Cauley Woodrow saw the Tykes run out winners on the day, which means that Nottingham Forest are now sat 20th in the Championship table after 12 matches this term.

Chris Hughton will be hoping that he can put together a positive run of results after replacing Sabri Lamouchi earlier in this year’s campaign.

Forest won their last two matches prior to their visit to Yorkshire to take on Barnsley, and will be disappointed that they couldn’t make it three straight wins in the second-tier.

One player that played the full 90 minutes for the Reds in this one was defender Yuri Ribeiro, who started ahead of Nicholas Ioannou.

Speaking in a post-match press conference (quotes sourced from Nottinghamshire Live), Reds boss Chris Hughton revealed his reasoning behind selecting Riberio over Ioannou for the match against Barnsley.

Ribeiro had struggled for game time under Sabri Lamouchi’s management, but has since been restored to the first-team picture since Hughton was appointed.

“I think that’s the same as probably every position.

“There’s probably a lot of talk about that position because, at this moment, we’ve got a lot of players who can play there.”

“But it’s no different to any other position. It’s a decision for me who to play there and for what game.

“I think Yuri has done well. Particularly on the back of the two weeks off, and the good performances and wins going into that, there wasn’t the need for me to change it.”

Nottingham Forest are set to return to action in midweek, when they take on promotion-chasing Bournemouth, in what is certain to be a tricky test for the Reds.

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The Verdict: 

It’s a good dilemma to have as a manager.

I think that Ribeiro was hard done by towards the end of Sabri Lamouchi’s tenure in charge of Nottingham Forest, as I think he was more than good enough to start for the Reds.

But now that Nicholas Ioannou is also available for selection, it means that Hughton will have a welcome selection dilemma heading into matches in the Championship this season.

Both players will be eager to prove themselves to the newly-appointed manager, and competition for places is never a bad thing.

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