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So, how did you spend your Saturday when the game was called off?
Just sit back and relax knowing that the two losses in a row couldn’t be extended to three just yet? Or did you just stand and revel in the fact that Derby County lost again?
The question now becomes whether or not this is postponement will be a good thing or a bad thing for Forest.
Obviously this fixture will have to be made up later in the season, so it’s not as if Forest have been given a free hit when it comes to the hectic Championship schedule.
On the whole, this should be viewed as a good thing, in fact, if there was one time of the season they could have asked for something like this to happen, you can make the argument that this weekend was the perfect one.
The biggest benefactors of this postponement will be those who are still on the injury table. As @NFFC_live put it, there are some Red players who are “now one week closer to fitness without missing a game for Sabri Lamouchi’s side.”
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As discussed previously on FFC, the fact that Lamouchi’s men are going through a bit of an ‘injury crisis’ at the moment with some of their key players like captain Michael Dawson and midfield rock Samba Sow currently on the touchline with knocks.
Combine that with how they haven’t done so well in their absences and it shows just how crucial they are. This will give them a little bit of breathing space when it comes to getting those players back to fitness.
Not to mention the big gamble that he took by choosing to rest Lewis Grabban, now he has been given a free weekend to get his batteries recharged ahead of the next couple of weeks.
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The other benefactor will be the Forest boss himself.
He can go into training this week knowing that his players should all be fully charged and able to get them working harder, rather than cutting down a little bit after fatigue from the weekend.
As a result, there should be no reason why they can’t use the rest to their advantage and be able to start off with a much higher tempo to overwhelm a defence that has conceded the joint-second most goals so far this season.
If he can’t beat a promoted side after an additional day of rest, you might have to start wondering how much of their good fortune was down to him and not just to luck, circumstances or if it was all down to the players on the pitch.