Sabri Lamouchi admitted he couldn’t sleep after his Nottingham Forest side threw away a play-off place on the final day of the 2019/20 season.
The former Rennes coach was a popular figure at the City Ground after an impressive start to life in charge of the Reds, with automatic promotion seeming possible by the midway point of the campaign.
However, going into the last day, they seemed nailed on for a top six finish as they would’ve reached the play-offs with a defeat as long as there wasn’t a six-goal swing with Swansea.
As Forest fans will remember, their worst fears were realised, as they went on to lose 4-1 at home, with the Swans winning by the same scoreline.
And, speaking to The Athletic, Lamouchi gave an honest insight into how that impacted him.
“It would have been impossible for us to lose that game, if fans had been in the stadium. We lost our minds that day. I do not think I slept for one hour that night. You cannot imagine how I was in that moment; the emotions of that. I could not put it into words.
“We did not think it was possible for us not to get there (into the play-offs). But we did not. I am sorry for that.”
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That was a truly remarkable evening for Forest and even now it’s hard to believe it happened. As Lamouchi says, the team just lost their mind that day and it was hard for the fans to take.
In hindsight, the club probably overreacted in the summer to that defeat with the sheer number of players they brought in, and ultimately things didn’t work out for Lamouchi.
And, you can bet that he thinks back to that night against Stoke and wonders what would’ve happened if they did make the play-offs.
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