Five things we learned about Nottingham Forest from defeat at Charlton

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Nottingham Forest fell to a first defeat under Dougie Freedman away at Charlton last night.

Nottingham Forest fell to a first defeat under Dougie Freedman last night, as they lost 2-1 away at Championship side Charlton.

Forest made a blistering start when Freedman arrived as the new manager, but they were undone last night despite a goal from Michail Antonio.

Here are five things we learned about Forest from the defeat.

Physical and mental efforts catching up with the side

Forest have put a massive amount of energy and effort into their recent run of good form under Freedman. It finally looked like it’s catching up with the side, as they were off the pace in key areas around the pitch.

Play-off dream over

The side have 11 games left to play this season and an 11 point gap to overhaul. That’s a massive ask and it looks as though the play-off dream has slipped away after looking minutely possible had the side maintained the form shown before this defeat.

Time to try some changes

Freedman could make a couple of changes looking ahead to the game against Middlesbrough. It would be a good experience for some younger players to get a run of games over the last part of the season and it would freshen things up in the team.

Long balls don’t suit the team

Charlton did well to stop Forest playing their conventional game, which forced Freedman’s side to play the ball long. It didn’t work and allowed the Charlton defence to mop up easily, before they created their own pressure.

Can’t fault the commitment

Despite one or two frustrating spells during the game, the players kept going. It just wasn’t happening for the team, but Freedman will be pleased with the way his side conducted themselves as they chased a result.

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