Nottingham Forest fell to yet another defeat on Tuesday night, losing 2-0 to AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
The Reds failed to respond to a 2-0 weekend defeat to Barnsley, with a goal at the start of each half condemning them to another loss.
Here, we look at a positive and a few negatives from last night’s defeat…
Positive – Will Swan’s inclusion
One positive that emerged from last night’s defeat was the inclusion of Will Swan in the matchday squad.
Swan is a young striker who has scored eight goals for the Under-23s’ this season, and was rewarded for his efforts by travelling with the squad to Barnsley and Bournemouth.
Last night, he was named on the bench for the very first time – he didn’t get any minutes on the pitch, but it would have been a special night for him nonetheless.
Forest have a plethora of talented youngsters coming through the ranks on Trentside, and Swan could well be the next player to make a name for himself in the first-team.
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Negative – Injury woes
The last thing Forest need at this moment in time are injuries, especially with a hectic fixture list fast approaching.
The likes of Lewis Grabban, Joe Worrall, Samba Sow and Tyler Blackett are out injured, and they have been joined by two other players.
It remains to be seen how long the pair are out for, but despite having a large squad to choose from, they need players fit and available.
Negative – The manner of the performance
Last night was the first real test of Hughton’s tenure. It was the first time they came up against a high-flying side chasing promotion.
Bournemouth outclassed Forest in every department. They looked slick in attack and they generally looked a lot fitter than their opponents.
Hughton will have been looking for his side to remain solid and tough to break down in the first-half, but that went out of the window after only three minutes.
A lapse of concentration saw Junior Stanislas run through on goal and fire past Brice Samba, and it was downhill from there.
They did look slightly better than Anthony Knockaert came on as a substitute, but it was too little too late after Stanislas’ second-half penalty.
Negative – Lack of changes
One thing that angered Forest fans after the defeat was the fact Hughton made only two changes throughout.
The 61-year-old isn’t known for making too many changes, but 2-0 down and the game needing to be chased, he could have used his substitutions a lot better.
Will Swan, for example, would have given the Reds another striker and another player for Bournemouth to deal with. He would have stretched the defence with the pace.