There weren’t many positives for Nottingham Forest fans to take from last night’s EFL Cup fourth round defeat to Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.
Having suffered a 3-2 defeat in a game we should’ve been looking to win reasonably comfortably, call it the ‘magic of the Cup’, complacency or insert your own, bottom line was we should’ve been prepared for their work rate and we weren’t and few can say they didn’t thoroughly deserve their victory on the night.
With a number of players simply growing the question mark over their head and whether or not they should have a future at the City Ground, late substitute Arvin Appiah at least justified his inclusion as the 17-year-old Academy product came off the bench in the 84th minute and hit our second on the night to give some hope of a fightback.
It was the forward’s first appearance of the season and his professional senior bow so marking it with a goal, despite the loss, would’ve made it a very special moment for him and fans are clearly hoping for big things from the lad in the future.
Couldn’t be any appiah
— SeCu (@se_cu) October 30, 2018
Start him every match
— wildguts???? (@wildguts123) October 30, 2018
— Nathan Savage (@Nayrules) October 30, 2018
Played better than most of our players in those few mins
— ???????????????????????? (@ftblAidxn_) October 30, 2018
How long have I been saying for him to play?
— HarryB (@h4rryb88) October 30, 2018
Good goal for the lad. Going to be a big fixture especially with injuries
— GrapsTalk (@GrapsTalk) October 30, 2018
What a dream debut ⚽????????
— jack derbyshire (@jackderby1996) October 30, 2018
Looking forward to seeing more of this young man…
…before Man City or Chelsea offer to quadruple his wages to sit on their bench…
— Mark Rudd (@6243mark) October 30, 2018
Well done Arvin ????????
— Mac (@Macthehammer) October 30, 2018
Barcelona wished they had Appiah
— Joshua Cadman (@Joshua__Cadman) October 30, 2018
yes Arvin ????????
— Owen (@Bucko) October 30, 2018
Nice goal for the young lad
— Kamxkazi (@kamxkazi) October 30, 2018
We’ll have to see if manager Aitor Karanka gives him another shot soon – he couldn’t have done much more.