Nottingham Forest left with double injury concern as ‘huge error’ proves costly

Nottingham Forest have been left sweating on the fitness of Keinan Davis and Scott McKenna after their defeat at Luton Town.

Both were forced off with hamstring issues as the Reds fell 1-0 at Kenilworth Road. It means a nervous wait for boss Steve Cooper to see whether they are available for Monday’s clash at home to West Bromwich Albion (8pm kick-off).

Defender McKenna was brought off just past the 65-minute mark, with Forest switching from a three-man back line to a four as a result. Front man Davis, meanwhile, went off towards the end of the game, when the visitors had already made their three substitutions.

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debatable decision

Boss Steve Cooper pointed to a “huge error” from the officials as Nottingham Forest’s winning run came to an end against Luton Town.

The Reds were not at their best as they fell 1-0 at Kenilworth Road to their promotion rivals. But some questionable officiating did not help their cause.

A controversial first-half penalty proved to be the difference between the two sides, as Kal Naismith was clinical from the spot after Jack Colback had been penalized for a handball.

Forest had been flat in the opening 45 minutes, but they did improve after the break and had plenty of opportunities to get back in the game.

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opposition view

Luton Town manager Nathan Jones has labeled his team’s performance against Nottingham Forest as ‘outstanding’ after a 1-0 win at Kenilworth Road.

Kal Naismith’s first-half penalty was enough to separate the two sides in a tense affair in the race for the Championship play-offs. The defeat is Forest’s first in 11 Championship games as the Reds eye promotion at the end of the season.

The game also saw Luton reduced to 10-men in the second half. But Steve Cooper’s men were unable to make the most of the numerical advantage in the second half. Following the game, Luton boss Jones hailed his team’s performance from him, saying that his team matched Forest. “You’d be an absolute idiot if you didn’t describe that as a mammoth win,” he said, via LutonToday .

“Forest hadn’t lost in ten, they’d won the last five and they have been annihilating teams with pace and power. Then they came up against a side who could match them today.

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Form Reds

Stan Collymore has criticized Burnley’s decision to sack former Nottingham Forest players Sean Dyche, Steve Stone and Ian Woan after losing to relegation rivals Norwich City last weekend.

Dyche had been in charge of the Clarets for nine and a half years before the shock news dropped on Good Friday, with assistant manager Woan and first-team coach Stone following suit. The club confirmed that U23s coach Mike Jackson will take charge of the first team while the search for a new manager takes place.

Dyche was a youth player at Forest whilst Brian Clough was manager at the club, but failed to make an appearance for the senior team due to a severe leg injury holding him back. Woan and Stone became fan favorites at the East Midlands club after making over 400 combined appearances throughout 1989 to 2000.

Collymore reacted to the news on Twitter and suggested that the owners’ decision showed a lack of “gratitude” and that it was a “weird” time to get rid of the management trio given how deep into the season it is. The decision comes just two days before they have to play West Ham, too.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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