You can make the argument that this was the biggest ‘test’ that Sabri Lamouchi has faced so far in his spell at Forest.
I have said previously that I want Nottingham Forest to be far more aggressive and attack-minded when it comes to games, because we aren’t going to be able to mount a serious challenge when it comes to promotion if we keep winning by one-goal margins, but I feel on this occasion it seems more than fair that I should praise the fine defensive work that Lamouchi has brought to the City Ground. Work that has led Forest to hold the joint-second best defensive record in the division in terms of goals conceded.
Down to ten men for more than half an hour, against a team that is fighting for a playoff spot, and they were able to hold their own. I think it might be a little too early to start saying things along the lines of ‘these are the kind of results that promotion teams are made out of’, and other hyped-up phrases like that, but it certainly was a positive rather than a negative.
What impressed me the most coming off the back of that game, is that the red card didn’t seem to do that much damage to us in the grand scheme of things, and that’s backed up by the statistics. If you take a look at WhoScored.com and their shot tracker for the game you’ll see that after the red card, Bristol City only had one more shot than Forest after the red card, three against two. Even with City being able to turn up the pressure somewhat, earning more corners after the red card, again by a score of three to two, the Forest defence managed to stand firm.
The only question I have now, is will he be able to turn some of that magic on the forward line, and get them to start performing above themselves? That way we can start winning those games comfortably rather than having to grind out results in the future.
Do Nottingham Forest need to be more attacking?
Yes, more goals more fun
No, just get the three points
He’s got one half of the equation right, now he has to do the same with the other half.