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‘Was a risk and it hasn’t paid off’ – Was Karanka wrong to make this Nottingham Forest team decision?



Nottingham Forest suffered their third consecutive league defeat on Saturday as they were downed 2-0 by struggling Hull City at the City Ground.

Manager Aitor Karanka opted to utilise two new signings in the middle of the park for the clash, starting both Jack Colback and Adlene Guedioura alongside eachother against the Tigers.

Is it fair to say the Spaniard made a mistake with this call?

We discuss….

Adam Simeoni

Perhaps the pair are both too attack minded to play alongside each other in the middle. Both like to roam, leaving the defence very exposed on the break.

This ultimately led to defeat at the weekend, so must be considered a big mistake in Karanka’s tactical set up.

Sam Preston

It has proved to be a mistake and it could be costly as it has killed any momentum they had. Both players were lacking match fitness, are not familiar with each other’s style of play or that of any of their team mates.

Throwing them straight in was a risk and it hasn’t paid off.

Karanka brought in a host of players at Boro and it unsettled the dressing room and he is risking doing the same at Forest.

George Dagless


I get why he did it as he wants more physicality and experience in the middle but neither has played together and neither is particularly match-fit.

They should improve if he keeps them together but there’s a lot of options for him to shake things up in that area.

Alfie Burns

With hindsight, yes, however, there aren’t many better options available.

There have been huge changes at the City Ground in recent weeks, which means results aren’t going to instantly improve.

It might be worth sticking with the Colback and Guedioura axis, with the hope the duo can improve things in the coming weeks.