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At least this guy hasn’t given up faith.
Whilst some members of the fan base might be starting to grumble, former Premier League forward Dean Ashton believes that the Reds are more than capable of getting themselves back to winning ways when they take on Reading this weekend.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Ashton believes that Sabri Lamouchi’s men have gone through a little bit of a shock to the system in recent games, but that he sees no reason why they can’t rediscover the form that got them close to the top of the table in the first place:
“I think they went 12 games with only losing to Arsenal (in the Carabao Cup) and showed their quality. They’re difficult to beat and don’t concede many goals, but suddenly you lose to Wigan and Hull. It makes no sense whatsoever, but that’s the Championship.
“You’ve got to be able to dust that off and forget about it quickly. It wouldn’t surprise me if they won at the weekend and went on another little run. It’s just how difficult that league is.”
If these blips were down to something that could be branded as bad luck or misfortune, such as a blatant offside not being given or a penalty being awarded when the player dived, Ashton would have a point.
That’s because things like that aren’t in Forest’s control. If they play the way they had been, things should sort themselves out eventually again.
However, the recent defeats came about simply because Nottingham Forest weren’t good enough to overcome two tough teams.
Whilst some of it can be put down to the injuries of key players, the fact of the matter was that they simply weren’t good enough during the 180 minutes against Wigan Athletic and Hull City to get anything out of the game.
So now that puts the pressure on the shoulders of Lamouchi to try and sort this out. Now we’re really going to see if he was worth that Manager of the Month award.