Date: 26th March 2019 at 4:30pm
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David Prutton was critical of Nottingham Forest and believes he’s identified their main problem this season – mentality. The Reds are currently 11th in the Championship with 54 points from 38 games but have won just one in four.

Forest have taken the lead in 58% of their games this season but have only gone on to win those matches 59% of the time. They’ve managed just one win from the 16 they’ve fallen behind in.

Martin O’Neill’s side have picked up only eight points from losing positions (16 games, one win, five draws, 10 defeats) and are joint-second in the Championship for draws. They’ve struggled to get over the line and a lack of ruthlessness could cost Forest a spot in the playoffs.

Prutton said to Nottinghamshire Live: “You have to look at what a squad needs over the course of a season. You always look at the spine of the team, but what I look at is the mentality.

“You can have a change in mentality and expectation. Forest haven’t held on to leads in games. They’ve come back in games, but they not necessarily gone on to win. There’s something not quite ticking along as it needs to be.”

Forest have a 34% win ratio and have dropped points in 13 of their last 18 league games.  They currently sit three points adrift of the top-six with eight games remaining, but there’s a growing fear they’ll fall short due to a lack of goals of late.

The Reds have scored one or less goals in five of their last six games which highlights why they’re struggling to win games consistently. Statistics show that Forest need more fight when falling behind and should see more games out when they take the lead.

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