It was a hugely disappointing afternoon for Nottingham Forest at the weekend, with the pressure really now on Martin O’Neill at the City Ground.
The Reds will have undoubtedly been looking to bounce back after a dismal defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, just days after losing again in Yorkshire, this time to Rotherham United.
But goals from Joe Rothwell and Danny Graham for Blackburn Rovers at the weekend, succumbed Forest to their third defeat in a week, and all but ruined their hopes of finishing in the play-off spots.
After a disappointing run of form, Forest sit 11th in the Sky Bet Championship table and eight points off the top six, following an afternoon that was massively frustrating for all concerned with the club.
There were very few positives to take out of the game after registering just one shot on target out of 22, but Sam Byram was one of very little standout performers for the Reds.
The West Ham loanee made his return to first-team action in midweek after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, and showed what he was all about again on Saturday, putting in a gutsy, determined performance at right-back.
Here, we take a look at Forest fans’ reactions to the right-back’s display at the weekend…
Sam Byram – wow #nffc
— Scott (@ScottJones83) April 14, 2019
Appiah again not ready for this level, couldn't get in game. Byram looks quality at right back and I hope we can keep him next season. #nffc
— Thomas Payne (@trickytrees12) April 13, 2019
Yacob and Carvalho must have no desire to be here next season after being ignored under MON.
I can't see why Colback or Byram would want to sign for us next season either. #NFFC
— Jax (@CarnorJax87) April 13, 2019
There’s only a few that care:Byram,Colback,Lolley and Yates.The worrying thing is half of them are loan players… #nffc
— Nick Gillingham (@NFFCNickG) April 13, 2019
Sam Byram is a damn good player. He's a class above this league for sure #NFFC
— Egor The Red (@EgorTheRed) April 13, 2019
I am among Martin O’Neill’s biggest fans. But I’m sorry, the team is much worse than it was in January. It was a mess today, from start to finish. Only one positive – Sam Byram, who goes back to West Ham in May.
— Kevin Marriott (@kjmarriott57) April 13, 2019
#nffc My ideal squad next season:
New Keeper / Pantillimon
Byram / Darikwa
Benalouane / Figueiredo
New CB / Worrall
New LB / Robinson
Colback / Yacob
New CM / Yates
New LW / New LW
Carvalho / New CAM
Lolley / Cash
New CF / Grabban
Extras: Dawson, Appiah, Steele, Osborn
— NFFC TrentEnd (@NFFC_TrentEnd) April 13, 2019