Hughton bemoans Forest’s late collapse

Nottingham Forest were on course to pick up three points in their 2021-22 EFL Championship season opener before conceding twice in the final 10 minutes away to Coventry City on Sunday.

Chris Hughton’s side led 1-0 at half-time thanks to Lyle Taylor converting from close range on a counter-attack.

The East Midlands club looked comfortable in defence for the majority of the game before collapsing late on.

Coventry, whom had been playing at their own stadium for the first time since April 2019, equalised through Viktor Gyokeres in the 81st minute before captain Kyle McFadzean scrambled home the winner in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Speaking after the game, Forest manager Chris Hughton was disappointed with his side’s late loss:

“For 65 minutes we were good and restricted a team playing at home with an offensive structure to minimal chances.

“We scored a very good goal, but we became tired and, when your opponents are in the ascendancy, you have to make good decisions and it looked too much for us in the end.

“We’ve had a challenging time with Covid. A lot of players haven’t been able to train and we had to call two games off. That can show at the end of games, but these are the challenges you have to work around.

“Lyle Taylor showed good urgency to get to the back post and score and his overall game was good as well. Let’s hope there’s more to come from him.”

Nottingham Forest will welcome Bournemouth to the City Ground next Saturday whilst Coventry City will go to Barnsley.