Nottingham Forest again surrendered a lead to a fellow promoted side, seeing Fulham blast in three goals in six minutes to take a 3-2 win.
Steve Cooper was left with his head in his hands in back-to-back games, with his Forest side giving up a two-goal lead to lose by the same scoreline against Bournemouth last time out.
Back at home again and having to master an almost brand new squad, Forest fans were able to enjoy another first-half lead in the Premier League thanks to Taiwo Awoniyi’s second goal in red.
However, the game was flipped on its head when Tosin Adarabioyo mirrored Awoniyi’s header from a corner after the break and three minutes later the Cottagers were in the ascendancy.
Summer signing from Sporting, Joao Palhinha, fired in another sumptuous long-range effort with thanks to fellow new arrival Willian, and before Cooper could react, Harrison Reed was in on the act.
The scenes were incredibly reminiscent of Forest’s collapse in their previous game, after which Cooper said: “Let’s not hide away from the fact that we’ve thrown away a win.
“We’ve not done it in a very good way. We’ve conceded three goals at home, and there’s nothing good about that.”
Well there was nothing good about the next three either, with Fulham once again celebrating their new lease of life in the top flight, courtesy of a side they’ll be fighting with to stay in it.
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Lewis O’Brien later added a consolation in the 77th minute to ensure the scoreline was the same as the Cherries clash, and show that Forest still have plenty in them going forward.
But with four losses on the bounce, and two coming despite steady-looking leads Cooper will have to be careful big doubts over his massive squad turnover don’t spiral into a self-fulfilling prophecy.