Nottingham Forest’s winless run extended to three games with a 1-1 draw against Luton Town last night and many fans were left pining for midfielder Harry Arter.
Both goals came from Hatters midfielder Glen Rea, who gave his side the lead in the first half but turned the ball into his own net under pressure from Ryan Yates after the break.
It was hardly a vintage display from Forest but they showed their mettle to salvage a draw, particularly after Nicholas Ioannou was sent off just before half time.
Arter, who has been a regular fixtures since joining from Fulham late in the summer window, was absent from last night’s game.
Chris Hughton revealed after the match that a “minimal” ankle injury had kept the 30-year-old out for the clash at Kenilworth Road but indicated that he was unsure whether he’ll be ready for the game against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
With Arter missing, the Reds appeared to lack the sort of control that they’ve had in games since the arrival of Hughton – though that was not helped by playing much of the game with 10 men.
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The midfielder’s importance doesn’t seem to be lost on Forest fans either, with many taking to Twitter to voice how much they missed him.
Read their reaction here:
We need Arter fit for Saturday desperately. Colback poor. Christie disappointing last two games #NFFC
— Mat Leslie (@MatLeslie1) October 28, 2020
Definitely missed Arter, he adds that something different and plays more direct. Colback was solid but for me Arter gives us more. Yates again was very good. Busy, solid on the ball and box to box, arguably our best performer at the moment.
— James Robinson (@RobinsonJamesr) October 28, 2020
Everytime he hasn’t played, thought we’ve missed Arter
— ReissNFFC (@ReissNFFC) October 28, 2020
Can’t fault the second half effort. Yates, Lolley, Taylor all ran socks off. Full backs are a worry. Colback not at his best and missing Arter in midfield. Off the field questions need answering for me. #nffc
— Thomas Payne (@trickytrees12) October 28, 2020
Were missing Arter, actually gets us going #nffc
— Amber Grebby (@_ambs17) October 28, 2020
Where’s Arter? 😦 #nffc
— Catherine Hinam (@catherine_hinam) October 28, 2020
Arter must start when fit. Would like to see a place for Freeman in the team also.
— BMW (@bmw1865) October 28, 2020
Him and Arter need to start every game for me atm
— Nathan (@NathanStanton16) October 28, 2020