Well, I think it’s pretty obvious where the blame lies for this defeat.
Usually a defeat comes down to a number of factors. A missed opportunity here, a misplaced pass there, a goalkeeping mistake to boot. For the Forest fans though, there was only one thing to take the blame when it comes for the defeat last night, and that’s the team selection.
Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi made the rather bold choice to make a number of changes to the side that beat Leeds United on the weekend, and although it wasn’t exactly a totally weakened side, it was still a skeleton of the side that Forest fans have been used to seeing all season.
So when the final whistle blew, there was only one thing on the Forest fan’s minds, and that was to take their anger out on the Frenchman who has done so much to get the fans on his side up to this point in the season, but not enough credit to totally void himself of backlash for last night.
Can't make 5 changes, manager has to take responsibility for this defeat.max of 2 changes would have been enough.
— 🇬🇧 Cameron Clark 🇬🇧 (@Camclarky) February 11, 2020
Sabri I love you but this was a massive mistake
— Molly (@MollyLovesBTR) February 11, 2020
From manager of the month to clown of the week cost us 3 points tonight
— tyson pashley (@tysonpashley) February 11, 2020
Massive own goal Sabri. Completely smash the positivity, good feeling and momentum we had built up, not to mention going 2nd all for the chance of skanking a point at West Brom. Fair one Charlton, decent goal
— Blads (@84Blads) February 11, 2020
That is the most idiotic thing we’ve done this season
— Back Post Prod. (@backpostprod) February 11, 2020
Manager deserves so much credit for this season but he is 100% to blame for tonight. You cannot get away with resting so many of our best players. Seriously disappointing and damaging result.
— Ells (@dick_ee) February 11, 2020
Sabri made a mistake tonight. A complete joke
— timoe (@shtmsn) February 11, 2020
Sabri should apologise
— Adam Mills NFFC ** (@ad_mills) February 11, 2020
Is a top two spot realistic for Forest?
This risk had better have been worth it, because with a huge game against West Brom coming up on Saturday, he’s going to have to get everything right to get some of that trust back.