By Matthew Benton-Smith
The Reds’ made the short journey to the West Midlands tonight and picked up all 3 points as they beat the Sky Blues 2-1. Not the most convincing performance but in the relegation scrap Chris Hughton’s men find themselves in, travelling home with a win was all that mattered tonight.
— Nottingham Forest FC 💙 (@NFFC) February 2, 2021
There was one change to the Red’s team that started the goalless draw against Barnsley at the weekend. New signing James Garner replacing injured midfielder Samba Sow.
The game started energetically, with both sides looking to break and attack but neither side managing to break down the opposition defence. Forest looked to be struggling to create opportunities as Coventry capitalised, Maxime Biamou’s right footed shot found the bottom left corner of Brice Samba’s net making it 1-0 to the Sky Blues.
The Red’s fired back rapidly, however, as Ameobi’s low driven cross found the foot of Lewis Grabban, who slipped the ball in giving the Red’s a lifeline just 5 minutes after falling behind.
The Reds reacted well and grew into the first half, creating chances and trying to break down the Coventry defence as the rain lashed down at St Andrews, the best chance other than the goal probably being gifted to Knockaert who put the ball just wide of the left-hand post.
Forest were playing positive football for the first time in a while and looking to move the ball forward with intent. The Red’s would hope to come out battling again and clinch a winner after going in all square at half time.
Half-time: Coventry City 1-1 Nottingham Forest
The Reds’ came out ready for the second half in the worsening conditions of the West Midlands and subsequently going 2-1 up, a positive attack saw Cyrus Christie’s cross headed into his own net by Coventry’s Michael Rose. The Sky Blues continued to heap the pressure onto Chris Hughton’s side though, coming very close as the ball is headed off the goal line following 2 Coventry corners.
Forest started to sit back on their lead but still looked somewhat comfortable and maintain some control of the game. The Sky Blues still looked to break down the Forest defence with plenty of chances coming their way, but the Reds continued to keep a grip on the game and narrowly cope with the immense pressure of Mark Robins’ men.
Chris Hughton’s Forest team managed to cling onto the game, albeit very nervily, in the end. But a strong and positive overall performance saw the Reds’ leave St Andrews with all 3 points and a performance that they can build on as they look to continue their climb away from the relegation zone.
Full-time: Coventry City 1-2 Nottingham Forest
Man of the match: James Garner
(Featured image credit @NFFC Twitter)