SCOTT HOGAN ensured Aitor Karanka's reign as Nottingham Forest boss started in miserable fashion as he fired Aston Villa to victory at the City Ground.
The atmosphere was electric on the banks of the Trent to welcome the Spaniard into the hotseat.
EMPICS Sport Scott Hogan spoiled Aitor Karanka's welcome party at the City Ground
But Steve Bruce's side proved to be the ultimate party poopers as they silenced the home crowd after just 17 minutes.
Robert Snodgrass whipped in a wicked inswinging cross under the nose of Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith, and Hogan stole in front of the shotstopper to nod home.
Things almost got worse for Karanka moments later when John Terry thundered a header against the bar after meeting Snodgrass' free-kick.
The hosts were struggling to breakthrough the resilient Villa backline and the best chance they had in the opening half was when Kieran Dowell curled a free-kick just wide of the target in the closing stages.
EMPICS Sport The Spanish boss was taking charge of Forest for the first time Getty Scott Hogan's early header condemned Aitor Karanka to defeat
Snodgrass was the man in the thick of the action once again after the restart as his hammering effort from a set-piece produced a superb stop for Smith to deny him.
Forest continued to enjoy plenty of possession but were struggling to find a way through on goal as Karanka began prowling his technical area as the game reached the hour point.
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But his side should have done better when presented with an opportunity in the 69th minute thanks to some sloppy defending from James Chester.
Winger Barrie McKay took advantage of the Villa defender's mistake and raced towards goal but he could only muster a daisy cutting strike that was easily collected by 'keeper Sam Johnstone.
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