Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman won’t be happy with the way his side have started the season following two defeats in two games.
Forest weren’t able to see off Walsall in the League Cup last night, as the defence struggled to deal with the threats being thrown at them from the League One club, who eventually ran out to be 4-3 winners.
Forest have a lot of work to do out on the pitch and also behind the scenes in the transfer market, as the boss looks to improve the squad options he has to make his defence a little more difficult to break through.
One player who did impress last night was winger Michail Antonio, who showed every bit of his talent to grab a brace, as Walsall struggled to cope with his pace and his power throughout the game in wide areas.
Antonio is arguably the biggest attacking weapon that Forest have at the moment and someone who is vital to the way the team players in terms of their attacking potency and drive when they’re on the front foot and moving forward.
The saving grace for Forest is that they aren’t under any real pressure to sell, should an interested party come into the equation looking to snap him up before the end of the summer transfer window.
It doesn’t make a great deal of sense because Forest can’t freely reinvest any large fee they could demand for him.
There’s no doubt that there are one or two areas where Freedman needs to improve his options. However, he can’t rely on new signings to come in and solve problems and needs to find ways of getting the side motivated and up for improving in their next match.
Here’s what Forest fans made of his performance on Twitter.
by transfer deadline day players like lansbury and antonio will be fed up of losing and move on, results need changing fast #nffc— jake kervick (@jakekervick) August 12, 2015
Other than Antonio, thought Vaughan was the best player tonight! #nffc— NFFC News & Rumours (@NFFCBR) August 12, 2015
Just seen the highlights, tremendous goal by Antonio and nice to see Walker score, awful challenge by Wilson, so clumsy!! #nffc— Jcov (@Jcov1998) August 11, 2015
Lansbury can go if he wants but we must keep Antonio at all cost. If he goes as well then we get what we deserve. #nffc— Scott Harding (@ScottHarding123) August 11, 2015
I met Michail Antonio in the car park, shook his hand and told him he was playing them by himself. He laughed. That man is my hero. #nffc— Chris Hutchinson (@TheChrisH4) August 11, 2015
Antonio is basically carrying us— Thomas Tutin (@Thomas_NFFC_T) August 11, 2015
Michail Antonio must wonder why the hell he bothers at times .... #nffc— Anthony Cunningham (@BaconSaver) August 11, 2015