Aitor Karanka’s Nottingham Forest tenure started in irritating trend as Aston Villa claimed a snug 1-Zero win on the Metropolis Floor.
Steve Bruce’s aspect had been hardly ever troubled as soon as Scott Hogan’s 18th-minute header gave them the lead.
Kieran Dowell compelled a superb save from Sam Johnstone late on, however the Villa keeper was in any other case comparatively untroubled because the guests defended stoutly – and Forest appeared in need of concepts.
It meant a disappointing begin for former Middlesbrough boss Karanka, who agreed to change into the everlasting alternative for Mark Warburton on Monday, whereas Villa moved as much as fourth within the Championship.
The primary half was a narrative of Forest dominating possession however Villa creating the higher probabilities.
With John Terry marshalling issues within the centre of defence, Forest had been discovering it onerous to carve out alternatives.
Ben Brereton didn’t correctly join with a headed likelihood when picked out by a whipped in cross from Eric Lichaj.
And Matty Money didn’t muster sufficient energy in his low shot to hassle Johnstone, who made a easy save.
An outstanding cross from Robert Snodgrass, together with some questionable Forest defending, was to show to be the first-half turning level, as keeper Jordan Smith and the remainder of his defence hesitated whereas Hogan ghosted in unmarked to go Villa into the lead.
Snodgrass was the architect once more when he picked out Terry, with the previous England captain rattling the crossbar with a thumping header.
Ben Osborn and Money each had photographs nicely blocked on the sting of the field as Forest tried to muster a response. However the closest they got here to an equaliser earlier than the break was a curling free-kick from Kieran Dowell, which bent a bit of an excessive amount of because it fizzed huge of aim.
Smith needed to make a superb save to disclaim Villa early within the second half, when Snodgrass bent in a vicious free-kick in the direction of his close to submit.
Forest sub Barrie McKay had the possibility to make a right away affect because the Villa defence backed off on the sting of the field however his shot lacked the ability to hassle Johnstone, who made one other easy save.
A Dowell free-kick supply then picked out Money, however his header was wayward. Some intelligent hold-up play from Brereton carved out one other likelihood for McKay, however his shot was hit proper on the keeper.
Dowell got here even nearer to an equaliser with a superb solo effort struck from 25 yards, however keeper Johnstone was nearly equal to it to make an awkward-looking however necessary save to claw away the ball, which was sure for the highest nook.
However that was as shut as Forest got here as Villa secured a 3rd straight league win.