Nottingham Forest’s dismal early-season form continued on Tuesday evening, as Chris Hughton’s side were spectacularly dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Having lost all four of their opening Championship fixtures prior to the EFL Cup tie, it was perhaps to be expected that Forest would struggle to get anything out of a game against an established Premier League side.
And so proved to be the case, with goals from Romain Saiss, Daniel Podence, Francisco Trincao and Morgan Gibbs-White condemning the Reds to a 4-0 defeat in the clash.
However, while it should not be ignored that Hughton made a number of changes to his starting XI for the fixture, while Bruno Lage also fielded a strong Wolves side, the manner of Forest’s defeat will nevertheless have been extremely frustrating to watch for both fans of the club and the 62-year-old manager alike.
Indeed, over the course of the 90 minutes, the Garibaldi managed just 26% possession of the ball, failed to have a single shot on target and completed nearly 500 fewer passes than the visitors.
Rather predictably, individual performances in the Forest team also left a lot to be desired, with Baba Fernandes, Jayden Richardson and Jack Colback all failing to impress.
However, while it feels slightly harsh to criticise an 18-year-old debutant for his poor display, especially against an outfit such as Wolves, it is unavoidable that, from the statistics, Oliver Hammond was by far and away the Reds’ worst performer on the night.
Indeed, over the midfielder’s 74 minutes on the pitch, the youngster completed just six of his 13 attempted passes, was dribbled past on a whopping five occasions and lost possession of the ball 11 times.
Hammond also lost 75% of his 12 duels, conceded one foul and touched the ball a grand total of 25 times – 23 times fewer than Ethan Horvath between the Nottingham Forest sticks.
These returns saw the 18-year-old earn an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of 5.9, with no player from either team receiving a lower score than the midfielder.
Having said this, it was perhaps slightly unfair of Hughton to select such a young side – which included seven Nottingham Forest academy players – to face the Premier League side, with there very much appearing something of a lambs to the slaughter feel to the manager’s team selection.