Chris Hughton responds to job speculation as fans blast Nottingham Forest's latest defeat

By Matt Lee

Mini Match Report

Nottingham Forest suffered another hammer blow in their Championship campaign as they let a lead slip at home to lose 2-1 to Cardiff City.

Lewis Grabban's first half strike gave the hosts the lead going into half-time, but the Reds were under the cosh for most of the game.

And the visitors' pressure eventually bore fruit when Rubin Colwell, who had only been introduced to the game just 53 seconds earlier, turned home a loose ball to level the scores.

The teenage midfielder was on target 15 minutes later too when, unopposed by Forest players, he drove forward before shooting beyond Brice Samba into the bottom corner.

It means the Reds are now rock bottom of the league table with just one point to their name after six matches.

What Hughton said

The poor run of form for Hughton at Nottingham Forest has led to heightened levels of speculation surrounding his future.

Chris Wilder and John Terry have both been touted by the national media as possible replacements for Hughton if his tenure is cut short, but the Reds boss insisted his focus was solely on the next Forest match - at home to Middlesbrough on Wednesday, September 15.

Hughton told NottinghamshireLive: “First and foremost, anything you’re telling me is news to me.

“One, because the only thing I do is concentrate on the job.

“It’s been a very difficult summer. With the recruitment process we have… yes, thankfully, we brought in players and there has certainly been a change here.

“It’s been difficult not being able to work with some of those players earlier in the pre-season, but it’s been a very difficult window for most.

“I only think about the next game.

“It’s a hugely disappointing result. And one thing I can tell you is I’m as disappointed as anybody.

“This is the job I do. I’m only thinking about how we get a result on Wednesday night, because this club deserves it. The supporters deserve it.

“I’ve got a group of players here who desperately want to get a result as well, but we have to go out and prove it.”

How the fans reacted

Reds fans were furious with the manner of the defeat to Cardiff City and they pulled no punches with their reactions at full-time.

One fan said: "That second half performance was a disgrace. Hughton's time is up."

Another supporter added: "Worst start to the season in 108 YEARS for Nottingham Forest.

"If that doesn't say it all about the current state of affairs, I don't know what will. Hughton HAS to go now."

A third reflected: "Was optimistic when Chris Hughton took charge of #NFFC, however his squad selections, formation, tactics and press conferences are shocking.

"Time for a young, English, attacking minded manager. Sticking with CH will only delay any progress this season."

What the opposition said

Cardiff boss Mick McCarthy was full of praise for Colwill after the teenager's two goals secured the three points.

He said: "I am so pleased that he has signed a new contract because, if he hadn't, people would be all over him like a rash, watching him get a cap with Wales and then do that today.

"His second goal was in a different class. Kieffer (Moore) just played it around the corner to him and he produced a great finish. Management can sometimes look easy, can't it?

"What pleased me most was that we took a short throw-in; we tried something different.

"I told the players that they did not have to launch the ball into the box every single time. Be smart; be clever - do something different.

"We took a short throw, Will (Vaulks) put a great ball into the box and we had bodies in there to attack it.

"It is a great three points and a great win. We started well but then they got into it and were full of confidence after the goal."

The former Ipswich Town boss also commented on the pressure on his friend Chris Hughton, saying: "Look, Chris would have loved to have slapped me today and he knows I want to beat him.

"But he's my mate and I want to see him in a job. He's done briliantly wherever he's been. I think they've had troubles with covid and signing players, so I hope so but that's not for me to decide."

Next Up

Forest are back in action in three days time when Middlesbrough travel to the City Ground.

The Reds host Neil Warnock's side in a 7.45pm kick-off.

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