Former Nottingham Forest striker Marlon Harewood has defended Glenn Murray amid a goalscoring crisis at the Forest Ground, in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast.
Murray, who swapped Watford for Forest during the winter transfer window, has only scored twice since arriving at the club. The 37-year-old, though, is not alone when it comes to struggling in front of goal, with Chris Hughton’s side struggling as a whole.
Forest have been one of the lowest-scoring teams in the Championship this season, blanking in their most recent game, a 1-0 defeat to Watford. Harewood, however, believes Murray is doing more good than harm and has stressed that goals also need to come from other areas.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, the ex-Forest man said:
“He’s a very good striker and he always has been. Obviously age always comes into factor, but I don’t think age has ever come into it [in this instance]. He’s come into a team where I think he is more a help than a weakness really because they needed help as a squad, not scoring goals because they’ve got players like Lyle Taylor and [Lewis] Grabban and that’s been there.
“It just hasn’t really happened for them this year in the sense of service and in the sense of scoring goals. Obviously it always looks to the strikers [lack of goals] but, as a whole, you always need help from other ways to try and get the goals to win games.”
Harewood concluded by saying: “It’s a plus really to have a striker like Murray come into the team to help Chris to achieve what he wants to achieve really, to try and obviously not get relegated for one and try and get as high up the table as possible.”
With that lack of goals, Forest’s push for Premier League promotion will have to wait until next season. Going into that 2021/22 campaign, though, Hughton does have something to build on.
While they have not been great offensively this year, Forest boast a very good defensive record. When it comes to goals conceded, they are at the right end of the table after letting in 34 goals in 35 Championship appearances.
If Hughton can get his side firing next term and strike that balance between attack and defence, then Forest supporters should be in for a much better season.