Steve Cooper will be disappointed that his team again could not hold onto a half-time lead, with the Tricky Trees conceding three goals in the second half to lose 3-2, just as they did against Bournemouth in their previous match.
Despite being at home, none of the main statistics were in Forest’s favour, with just 41% possession, an inferior passing completion rate (74% v 83%), fewer shots on target (3 v 7) and fewer dribbles completed (33% v 45%) than the visitors.
Taiwo Awoniyi opened the scoring when he found the net in the 11th minute to give Forest the lead, and although they managed to hold off any threat of an equaliser during the first 45 minutes, the Reds fell apart when they returned to action for the second half.
Fulham scored three times in the space of six minutes when Tosin Adarabioyo, Joao Palhinha and Harrison Reed all converted chances to put the visitors 3-1 up by the 6oth minute. Lewis O’Brien plundered a consolation goal in the 77th minute but it was too little, too late when all was said and done.
One player who was completely anonymous throughout his performance in front of the City Ground faithful last night was Swiss midfielder Remo Freuler, and Cooper will surely regret starting him in the middle of the park over O’Brien, who replaced his team-mate in the 70th minute and scored just seven minutes later.
The 30-year-old had fewer touches of the ball than Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson (39 v 53), lost 100% of his aerial duels and conceded possession of the ball with every 3.9 touches, displaying a lack of direct involvement in the game despite being positioned in one of the most central roles on the pitch.
Freuler is currently the fifth-worst rated player in the Reds’ squad for 2022/23 with a SofaScore rating of 6.4 following his three league outings, with the Swiss midfielder clearly struggling to make his presence known.
With that being said, Cooper will now have more than two weeks to rebuild the confidence in his players thanks to the international break, when hopefully he can establish his best team moving forward and pick up some better results when they return to action next month.