Nottingham Forest 0-1 Luton Town (EFL Championship) 02.03.21
Nottingham Forest were beaten by Luton Town in a disappointing night Trentside where the visitors were worthy of their three points after a smash and grab that will leave Reds Manager Chris Hughton frustrated.
The Reds had plenty of opportunities in a first half of well-made chances for the homeside and a first attempt when Murray’s header was saved by Sluga inside three minutes started the ball rolling for more to come, Knockaert heading over on five after good work from Lolley, Krovinovic shooting wide on nine, Lolley then shooting saved by Sluga on 23 as Cafu shot the rebound back to the relieved goalkeeper.
It didn’t stop there either, Murray firing over from a Knockaert centre on the half hour when it looked easier to score.
In the second half Forest again went close as Garner’s shot was well saved by the goalkeeper in fine form, before Luton had a chance themselves when Adebayo shot straight at Samba on the hour.
Four minutes later it was chance again for the hatters, this time converted as Ryan Tunnicliffe finished off a cross into the box unmarked at the near post.
It could even have been worse as Clark dragged an effort wide on 73 with the visitors then defending superbly to nullify every Forest attack thereafter, the Reds falling with a whimper to a first defeat at home since Middlesbrough beat them at the City Ground on the 20th January.
Next up is Watford away in what looks like a much tougher opponent than Luton to crack. The Reds will have to be at their best if they are to take anything away from Vicarage Road on Saturday, tonight, unfortunately, they were far from their best which ended in the only outcome they deserved.
Nottingham Forest: Samba, Christie, Worrall, Figueiredo, Ribeiro, Cafu, Garner, Lolley (Ameobi 68), Krovinovic (Taylor 68), Knockaert (Mighten 79), Murray.
Luton Town: Sluga, Potts, Tunnicliffe, Pearson, Cornick (Bree 85), Rae, Mpanzu, Clark, Dewsbury-Hall, Naismith, Adebayo (Collins 80).
Venue: City Ground
*Main image @NFFC Anthony Knockaert in action against Luton as the Reds fall to defeat.