Nottingham Forest suffered a somewhat surprising 3-0 defeat to Millwall at The City Ground as target man Matt Smith scored a first-half hat-trick to down Sabri Lamouchi’s side – and some Forest fans have hammered the Frenchman on Twitter.
Going into the game, Forest were looking to get their season back on track as they look to make a late push for the automatic promotion slots – or at least fend off competition from those outside of the top six.
However, powerhouse Smith was too much for both Joe Worrall and Tobias Figuerido to handle. The former Leeds striker’s aerial prowess was unmatched, as Gary Rowett’s side strolled to an unlikely three points.
Smith opened the scoring after an excellent bit of work by Murray Wallace saw Smith dive in bravely to head past Brice Samba. The second was also just as well-worked, but Smith will be lucky to have the goal go down in his name.
Indeed, Jayson Molumby’s effort knicked off of Smith into the net, with the goal being recorded as Smith’s. The target man completed his hat-trick just 13 minutes after his first goal, heading home a deep corner from Shane Ferguson.
With Forest chasing the game, Lamouchi opted to take off Joao Carvalho in the 72nd minute and replace him with Tyler Walker – despite Portuguese star Carvalho showing signs of promise. Forest fans cannot believe their manager’s decision.
The one person who could probably produce something? Daft.
— ?? ????????? (@JJisRad) March 6, 2020
Don’t get that. Others playing far worse
— Fav150 (@fav150) March 6, 2020
SL has to shoulder a lot of the blame here as well. No way JC should be subbed. Tactics woeful, Semedo shouldn’t have started… I could go on.
— Dan Shaw (@hoojsson) March 6, 2020
— Oli (@Ssqueakyyy) March 6, 2020
Very odd substitution when chasing the game, bringing off Carvalho for Walker. Lamouchi definitely hates him. #nffc
— Hannah Forest ?⚪️⚽️ (@hannahforest) March 6, 2020
Best player on pitch tonight
— Darren Watkinson (@watto135) March 6, 2020