Nottingham Forest tasted defeat for the first time under manager Dougie Freedman last night after a disappointing result away at Charlton.
Before last night, Forest had been in blistering form and produced attacking displays which had fans dreaming of a potential play-off place.
The main question now facing the manager and the club is; how is the side going to react?
Hopefully, there won’t be a repeat of the form which saw the Reds side slide down the table under Stuart Pearce.
It wasn’t a massive defeat and there is every reason to believe that Forest will bounce back positively in their next game against Middlesbrough this weekend.
A positive response against Boro will show the quality and character running through the squad, which will be important not just at the weekend, but in training leading up to the game.
It’s a short period of time, which will allow Freedman to study and judge things in his players he’s not been able to see because they hadn’t lost a game under him prior to last night.
It also creates questions for the manager, which could create something positive with the possibility of a play-off place now seeming a little too far away.
He can experiment with different styles of play and may take the chance to throw a couple of youngsters into the team for an extended run.
It’s taken the pressure off in that respect and with no possibility of the club going down, creates room for the boss to be creative ahead of next season and an important summer where players will come and go.
There is a silver lining, but hopefully the defeat won’t be followed by other negative results after such a good start.