Winning just simply isn’t enough, that seems to be the message.
With the Arsenal game now in the rear-view mirror, all attention turns to Friday night and the resumption of the league campaign. Forest are currently on a seven-match unbeaten streak in the league, and take on second-bottom placed Stoke City.
However, there is one area that former Forest player Garry Birtles is rather concerned about.
In his column for Nottinghamshire Live, Birtles pointed out that the Reds struggles are struggling in front of goal and it comes from them not creating enough chances:
“In the previous two games, 180 minutes of football, they’ve managed just two shots on target, in fact, they’ve had less than five in each league outing since the 3-0 win over Birmingham. In the draw with Preston on Trentside recently, there was just two. Chances being created is something of a wider concern – I don’t just mean at Arsenal as that was never an easy mission against good players on their own patch. Barnsley were much the better side at the City Ground on Saturday, and without doubt, deserved to get something.”
This is something that I briefly touched on in my article yesterday. Is that it’s not just good enough for us to be beating teams, as we have done during our undefeated league run. We need to be blowing teams away whilst we’re doing it.
The reason the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool have broken away from the rest of the pack in the Premier League isn’t just because they win, but because they give their goal difference an incredible boost by hammering teams in the process.
Now I’m not expecting the exact same levels of production and results as them two, but it would be nice to turn a couple of these one-nil wins into three or four-nils along the way. Given how tight the Championship can be, we may be relying on results like that at the end of the season.
What about you? Are you concerned with the lack of chances that Forest are creating? Or do you think that so long as we keep scraping results that it doesn’t matter how many chances we get?