Date: 27th December 2018 at 7:00am
Written by: Seb Franklin

Nottingham Forest drew 3-3 with Norwich City after being 3-0 up at Carrow Road and supporters have blamed Michael Hefele for the part he played in their Boxing Day collapse. The Reds defender was accused of looking out of sorts against the Canaries and was labelled a liability by fans for his performance on the day.

Hefele made two tackles, four interceptions, seven clearances and blocked three shots, but he was unconvincing at the back and has failed to shut out another side as Forest’ winless run was extended to four games. The 28-year-old bore the brunt of the criticism on social media as Norwich scored twice in injury time to go from 3-1 down to 3-3 at full-time.

Hefele has made 13 Championship appearances this season and is currently only filling in for the injured Michael Dawson and Tobias Figueiredo. Until Forest can welcome back their first-choice options in defence, they could struggle to keep the goals out. Their Boxing Day draw sees them 10th in the division with 36 points from 24 games, winless in their last four.

Since Hefele was reintroduced to the starting eleven in late-November, Forest have only picked up one league win.

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