Date: 7th February 2019 at 8:00am
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Nottingham Forest have been short of goals in recent weeks and need to make a drastic change to turn things around. The Midlands outfit have failed to score in three of their last four games and such poor form has hampered their hopes of a top-six finish.

Lewis Grabban lost his place in the starting lineup after firing blanks for a number of weeks, but Daryl Murphy hasn’t fared much better in his stead – one goal scored since August. As a result, Martin O’Neill should consider starting the 31-year-old as goals aren’t coming from Murphy.

The Republic of Ireland international has three Championship goals for the season, the last of which came against Leeds United on New Year’s Day. He hasn’t rippled the back of the net for more than four months and failed to register a shot against Birmingham.

Murphy has only managed four shots on target in his last nine appearances, so is it time to use Grabban in attack? Forest still have a good chance of finishing in the playoffs so O’Neill can’t afford to keep dropping points by leaving out his most talented players.

Since signing Grabban from Bournemouth over the summer, the centre-forward has scored 14 goals in 28 league outings. He could be the key to firing Forest back into form.

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