Nottingham Forest failed to impress again in the English Championship on Saturday, losing 2-0 away to play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough.
Forest have now not won a match for five games and have won just twice in their last 12 second-tier matches. It’s a run of form that must be concerning for Aitor Karanka ahead of next season, when they’ll be expected to challenge higher up the Championship table.
Just six matches remain for the Reds to show fans there is progress being made, who were again left frustrated with the result and performance.
Much of the criticism was aimed at striker Apostolos Vellios who was ineffective from the start of the match until eventually being hauled off on the hour mark for teenager Ben Brereton.
Supporters are now calling on Vellios to be dropped and even axed this summer, believing they need a higher quality of player to achieve their ambitions next term.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Cash, Pep & Brereton should start next game. We need some passion injected into the lineup. Vellios has given up, already on holiday #nffc
— Nick (@NJL82) April 8, 2018
Even if we were still playing now, I don't think we would have scored with Vellios on his own up top #nffc
— Jack Drury (@TrentEndJack) April 7, 2018
Where are the "give Vellios a chance" brigade now? We've given him a chance and as predicted, he's crap and lazy…..#nffc
— Gareth D (@GarethJD81) April 7, 2018
I've been critical of Brereton in the past but right now he's our best striker – Vellios offers absolutely nothing and Murphy looks past his best since he's come back from his injury. Brereton needs to start every single remaining game until safety is confirmed👍#nffc
— [AJ]🇪🇺🇬🇧🏳️🌈#FBPE (@SonOfBrown17) April 7, 2018
Haven’t been so repulsed by a individual performance in a long, long time. Vellios may as well have stayed in Nottingham. We’ve got to start taking our chances ffs #nffc
— Christian Brown (@Chris78901) April 7, 2018
— Mike Wood (@mikewood77) April 7, 2018
When you got 1 man upfront and no urgency from the midfield you’re not going to score. Add to that Vellios and Brereton as your main strikers you ain’t gonna get a thing. #nffc
— YNDL (@joeyyandell) April 7, 2018
Hopefully the last time we see Vellios. #NFFC
— Retro (@Retro89) April 7, 2018
Vellios a pointless waste of space. He's clearly not even trying any more. #nffc
— Hannah Forest 🔴⚪️⚽️ (@hannahforest) April 7, 2018
Vellios very poor. Offers nothing up front, zero movement #nffc
— Adam Sliwinski (@sliwo1) April 7, 2018