Nottingham Forest have something tangible to show from a trip to Derby for the first time in almost four years, with the Reds seemingly finding a cure for their travel sickness.

Form on the road has been an issue in recent years, with the Reds often far too easy to roll over.

That has not been the case this season.

Across the entire 2017/18 campaign, Forest collected just 20 points from 23 trips away from the City Ground.

Turn the clock back a little further and a dismal showing in 2016/17 delivered a meagre haul of 11.

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This term, from 11 games, the Reds already have 16 away points to their name.

Only one defeat has been suffered and 13 goals conceded.

And things could have been even better – a two-goal cushion was squandered at Aston Villa, Leeds were given a helping ‘hand’ at Elland Road, Lewis Grabban missed a penalty at Blackburn and dominance drew a blank during a visit to Swansea.

Forest, as was the case again at Pride Park on Monday, took a point from all of the contests mentioned above.

Football folklore dictates that if you draw your away games and win at home, you will not go far wrong.

One box is being ticked, now to sort the other.

Of the 33 points that have been on offer at the City Ground so far, the Reds have seen 14 slip through their grasp.

They have emerged victorious five times in 11 outings, which is steady but not spectacular, with that haul of home wins currently matched by 19th-placed Brentford.

Forest are expected to win each and every time they take to the field in front of their own fans, with some 27,000 turning up week in, week out to cheer Karanka’s men to victory.

When things are going well, the atmosphere can be a massive help. When they aren’t, it can be a considerable hindrance.

Winnable games

The Reds need to ensure the former becomes commonplace – starting in Saturday’s clash with Queens Park Rangers.

Leeds on New Year’s Day aside, Forest have a run of very winnable home games to carry them into a return date with Derby on February 23.

QPR have never won at the City Ground, which bodes well, while Bristol City, Wigan and Brentford all occupy bottom-half standings in the Championship at present.

No game is a gimme and every opponent has to be respected, but Forest have the chance to add home comforts to the improvements being made on their travels.

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