Walker was not included in the Forest starting line-up for the Championship clash at the City Ground.
Many would have expected the 18-year-old forward to be brought on as a substitute in the second half, but the youngster remained on the substitutes’ bench for the duration of the 90 minutes.
Prior to the match, which ended in a 2-1 defeat for Forest, Hodge told BBC Radio Nottingham that Walker should have started the encounter.
“Tyler Walker has been on the bench now for seven or eight games, he has come on in every game,” said the 52-year-old. “At some point as a player you want to start the game.
“You want to feel as though you have earned the right to be in the first XI at the start of the game when it is harder, when defenders are sharper, when things are more intense.”
Hodge’s comments make perfect sense, and Freedman should have included Walker in the starting line-up.
After all, the teenager has made appearances off the bench and had scored for the Championship outfit, which means he was brimming with confidence.
In seven appearances in the league for the Reds in the 2014-15 campaign, Walker scored one goal, had a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 60%, and won three headers and two dribbles.
One suspects that the youngster would have been disappointed not to have played against Cardiff, but hopefully next season he will get more chances.
After all, it was Freedman who drafted the teenager into the first team this campaign, and the Scot knows what Walker is capable of.