While Nottingham Forest were unbeaten in March, they slumped in April leading to questions about the lack of firepower. Here’s five things you might have missed this month…

1. The curious case of Forest’s misfiring strikers — LTLF
“For me, the root of the problem has been an over-reliance on Andy Reid to play the final ball to our four troubled strikers. Without any pace in the side, most Forest attacks work towards getting Andy Reid on the ball. Many times this season – including Saturday against Barnsley – it is Reid’s crosses that lead to most chances Forest create.”

2. Why Forest’s strikers are not striking – Forest Boffin
“As teams are sitting deeper against Forest, there is obviously a lot less space in their half – which has in turn effected how Forest have gone about attacking teams and has led to increased goals for midfielders and less goals for attackers.”

3. Missing Targets/Moving Goalposts – The Garibaldi Gazette
“Forest have completely run out of steam, and look like a side exasperated by the demands of an intermittently turbulent season. In August, we were a club reborn. By January, we were a laughing stock, and after a renaissance in March, we were ‘unbeatable’.”

4. This isn’t fun any more – Stress & Pie
“At this stage of the season, as we all know, football shifts into Absurdity Drive, where normal control parameters are replaced by ridiculous things like referees or wind direction or bounce coefficient or distant butterflies or any of the uncontrollables the footballing gods can throw into the mix.”

5. Clough and Forest make history – FIFA.com
“Brian Clough was everything Nottingham Forest fans despised. The Middlesbrough native had unfastened arch-rivals Derby County from the depths of the second tier to the top-tier title and the grand heights of the European Cup semi-finals. And during that six-year stay at the Baseball Ground, which ended in 1972, Old Big ‘Ead’s verbal missiles had irked the Forest fans with military regularity.”

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