West Bromwich Albion made the short trip to the City Ground earlier today to kick off our 2019/20 Championship campaign, now under the charge of Slaven Bilic.
It was never going to be an easy game and Forest hadn’t lost on home soil on the opening day going back to 1983, so rather predictably they took the lead eight minutes into the game.
Kyle Edwards had us back on level terms 15 minutes in, and Matty Phillips put in a cross cum shot on minute 26 to give us a 2-1 advantage. That was how the scores ended so not only did we smash their unbeaten home run on opening day, our Croatian gaffer picks up his first three points and competitive victory.
The less said about the goalkeeping errors on the day is maybe for the better.
Speaking to the BBC as he met with the media following the days late kickoff, Bilic said of the 90 minutes.
“I am very pleased, of course. You only need to look around at the crowd and the stadium – this is Premier League. It was like a Premier League game. But what I was not happy with, with the quality we have and the team we have, was something else. You do not always have to score goals. But there were situations where we should have created chances and we did not. I felt that we were happy to be winning 2-1 – and 2-1 can mean nothing. I want us to be confident, to have the composure and not to panic. That is the only part of the game – and it is a major part of the game – that I was not happy with. We should have created five good chances in the second half. We were one pass, one bit of confidence or one decision short in key moments.”