Nottingham Forest suffered consecutive defeats in the Championship on Wednesday and have subsequently fallen out of the playoffs, leading to supporters bemoaning the loss of Samba Sow. The 30-year-old has been out of action with a hamstring injury since the international break and his absence is coinciding with Forest’s poor form.
The Reds have now dropped points in all four of the games Sow has missed this season – 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion (August 3), 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic (August 21), 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic (October 20), 22-1 defeat to Hull City (October 23). They boast six wins and three draws with Sow in the side.
Desperately need Sow back in the team, we’ve looked so poor without him. Need to see more from Carvalho in his best position behind Grabban, he’s not affective drifting out to the left wing all the time. Missing Dawson’s leadership and organisation too. Frustrating night. #nffc
— Jack Bryan (@jackbryan8) October 24, 2019
Sow & Semedo can’t come back quick enough for me, big miss both of them, #nffc
— RobboTheRed (@Robbothered1) October 23, 2019
And the loss of Dawson and Sow are huge #NFFC
— Steve 'Woody' Allen (@stekallen) October 23, 2019
Things we learnt tonight: Watson cannot play the holding role on his own. We are badly missing Dawson & Sow. Still yet to be convinced Carvalho and Silva can play in the same team together. #NFFC
— Michael Redford (@mredford17) October 23, 2019
Midfield looks lost without Sow… ????#NFFC
— ???????????????????????????? (@NFFCRED) October 23, 2019
Miss Dawson, Sow and Semedo gravely. #nffc
— Jake (@jakeadkinsport) October 23, 2019
— Rhys Williams (@RhysWilliams79) October 23, 2019
Ben Watson started alongside Tiago Silva in midfield against Hull City, but the midfielders struggled to contain Jon Toral (six shots, four chances, two assists) and Jackson Irvine (three tackles, two interceptions, 39 passes) over the 90 minutes. Forest next face Reading on Saturday and Sow’s return can’t come soon enough.
The Reds are now eighth in the Championship and have picked up just one win from their last four games. They’ve only scored three goals for their troubles too and can’t afford any more dropped points.