Faulting Forest: What's going wrong?
One goal in their previous 540 minutes of football, more than three times the number of losses as wins and a place off the drop – Nottingham Forest are well and truly burning down.
Nottingham Forest have been nothing short of woeful this campaign.
Despite the Reds’ new additions in the summer, they’ve somehow taken two steps back.
A change of personnel and the addition of the new manager at the start of the season gave Forest fans huge optimism for the new campaign.
Forest brought in Championship veterans Harry Artur, Anthony Knockaert and Lyle Taylor in the summer window in the hope to cement a place in the play-off places season, after narrowly missing out in 19/20.
Yet, it’s been a calamity so far.
Chris Hughton’s side sit two points off the drop and have picked up one point from a possible 15 in their last six games.
They’re just two losses away from matching their total losses from last season.
Yes, it’s rare for a manager to come in and get the ball rolling instantly, but it’s seriously worrying signs at this moment in time.
Forest have the third worse goal difference so far and have scored just 10 goals in 17 matches.
As a unit they’re conceding too many shots on goal and not converting any of theirs.
Brice Samba in between the sticks has been highly unconvincing; flapping at crosses, indecisiveness and his general body language has been poor - a surprise considering he was one of last campaign’s stand out shot stoppers.
It’s not as if they lack ball possession either.
The Reds have averaged 49% possession this campaign and have created a plethora of chances in the vast majority of their matches.
It comes down to being clinical at the top end of the pitch which they evidently lack at this moment in time.
Reaching double figures for goals scored after 17 matches is slightly absurd considering the attacking prowess they have at their disposal.
Talisman Taylor will improve on his four goals so far and the likes of Knockaert, Joe Lolley and Sammy Ameobi are bound to chip in with contributions anytime soon.
Cutting some slack, they’ve had a tough run of games against Bournemouth, Swansea, Watford, Reading and Norwich City.
Yes, these sides are knocking on the Premier League’s door, however they’re the standard of games Forest must compete in, in order for the club’s play-off dreams to become reality.
Chris Hughton has had 13 matches to gel with his new team, yet they still sat at the opposite end of the table.
A win in midweek away at Norwich could’ve lifted the Tricky Trees five points from the drop.
To no surprise, they were turned over yet again.
Forest must start picking up points as we enter a jam-packed festive period.
I expect them to struggle against goalscoring Brentford, but with winnable matches against Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall and Birmingham City all forthcoming, a turnaround of form must be on the agenda sometime soon.
By Ben Haywood | @BenHaywood01