Nottingham Forest made their first look again within the Premier League after 23 years away towards Newcastle United this afternoon at St James’ Park, but it surely wasn’t the fairytale begin that Steve Cooper would have needed.
The Reds misplaced 2-0 to their hosts, with a lot of new signings making their debut in crimson after a busy switch window noticed Forest securing offers for 12 gamers to this point, however the squad’s shake-up wasn’t sufficient to assist them to a primary level of the marketing campaign in the present day.
Regardless of the defeat, Forest had been cussed and resilient of their efficiency on Tyneside, holding off the Magpies’ relentless assault on their aim all through the primary half.
Total, Forest made 33 clearances, profitable extra interceptions and extra aerial duels than their hosts, proving that they’re able to placing within the laborious work to attempt to repel attacking threats.
Nevertheless, their dogged defensive play was not sufficient to carry off the attacking prowess of Newcastle, as they had been ultimately damaged down within the 58th minute when Fabian Schar hit a surprise strike from 25 yards, which was adopted up by a aim from Callum Wilson 20 minutes later to seal a 2-0 dwelling win.
One participant who might have been anticipated to ship a number one efficiency in the present day is Jesse Lingard, however sadly the previous Manchester United ace didn’t hit the bottom operating for Cooper this afternoon on his aggressive Forest debut after his summer season transfer to the Metropolis Floor.
The midfielder, who’s reportedly incomes £80k-p/w on the membership, misplaced all seven of his duels, failed with 100% of his dribble makes an attempt, made no tackles, took no photographs and misplaced the ball each 4.2 touches (Sofascore), which is able to absolutely frustrate the Forest supervisor as he took an opportunity on the 29-year-old.
As per Sofascore, the previous England worldwide was the lowest-rated participant to line out for the guests this afternoon as he didn’t make a very good first impression along with his new membership.
Lingard has been the recipient of a lot criticism following his transfer to the Reds, and regardless of his efforts, he’ll now seemingly be the goal of additional questioning following his uninspiring efficiency towards Newcastle.
Did Jesse Lingard let down Forest?
Nevertheless, as with every new signing, it may simply take him a number of weeks to get his toes below the desk.
Cooper might not be overly involved about dropping away to one of many highest point-scoring groups within the Premier League over 2022, however the supervisor won’t wish to relaxation on his laurels, and it is going to be attention-grabbing to see if any extra new signings seem on the Metropolis Floor between now and the September 1st deadline.