By Matthew Benton-Smith
An evening to forget for the Reds’ as 2 early goals sealed a win for table topping canaries!
🔴 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 🔴
— Nottingham Forest FC 💙 (@NFFC) March 17, 2021
Chris Hughton made many changes to the 11 that started the 1-1 draw against Reading at the weekend, the most significant being Brice Samba missing out on the matchday squad completely after his blunder for Reading’s equaliser. Blackett, Freeman and Grabban were also given places in the starting-11
The Red’s started very passively with barely any possession and conceding within 9 minutes to Finnish striker Teemu Pukki. Forest then failed to rectify their mistakes falling 2-0 behind after just 13 minutes to a goal from former Red Kieran Dowell… not the start Hughton would have wanted as his side looked to climb out of the rut they have found themselves in recently.
Forest also came close as a corner found the heard of Ryan Yates who turned the ball just wide of the target. The first half carried on with the Reds’ looking to break forward more but Norwich still controlling the majority of the first half.
Both sides would go in disappointed at half-time, Forest would be disappointed they didn’t score and Norwich that they didn’t score 3 more! The Reds’ would require an exceptional second half performance if they wanted anything out of the game with the league leaders.
Half-Time: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Norwich
Chris Hughton’s men looked to make a quick start to the second half as Freeman’s shot flew just wide of the far post. Grabban also had an excellent opportunity on goal against his former club but Krul closed the angles quickly and denied the striker the opportunity. The Reds’ were certainly looking more lively in this second half, however Norwich kept their shape and dealt with Forest’s attacks with confidence.
Teemu Pukki and other Norwich forwards also had another couple of attempts throughout the second half but failed to capitalise in a comfortable game for them. Chris Hughton made 2 changes, Alex Mighten replacing Luke Freeman and Lyle Taylor replacing Lewis Grabban.
It looked as if the Reds’ changes would have little impact as the Canaries controlled the game and sat on their lead of 2 early goals. Chris Hughton made his last change with 3 minutes to go as veteran striker Glenn Murray replaced midfielder Ryan Yates.
A disappointing night for the Red’s as a very slow start cost them all 3 points on the banks of the Trent against league leaders Norwich… their focus will now turn to Saturdays clash with Brentford!
Full Time: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Norwich
Man Of The Match: A tough one tonight, best of a bad bunch, but James Garner stood out as one of the better performers.
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