“Tonight is the night when two become one.”

You aren’t going to find too many articles on Nottingham Forest opened with a line from a Spice Girls song.

There is a first time for everything, though, and we’re playing by our own rules now.

We beat Derby; we can do what we want!

The events of Monday evening are still fresh in the mind and the feel-good factor is set to flow for some time yet.

Until Saturday at the very least.

That is when the Reds will be back in action, with a trip to Stoke next on the agenda.

Said journey will be made on the back of a four-game unbeaten run.

And a win over Derby.

Did we mention that already?


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Yohan Benalouane’s solitary effort against the Rams has raised morale and kept play-off talk ticking over.

There are, however, still plenty of questions hanging over Forest.

Many of them positive.

The kind of welcome headaches that many of us feared we may never experience again in 2019.

The kind you get after winning a derby.

Which we did.

But I think we’ve already covered that.

One of the posers facing Martin O’Neill at present is who to play up front.

And how many bodies to put in that area.

The Reds boss has experimented with two up top, and with a solitary striker.

Lewis Grabban’s absence against Derby forced his hand somewhat and Daryl Murphy was asked to plough a lone furrow.

He ran himself into the ground and epitomised the battling qualities required to emerge victorious in such a fixture.

Did we win? I forget.

Grabban, though, previously impressed when operating with no partner against Brentford.



He was then paired with Murphy at Preston, having also formed part of a front two versus Bristol City.

Forest drew a blank in both of those contests.

Coincidence? Maybe.

There is clearly a decision to be made, though, on what attacking approach to favour.

And the personnel to be called upon.

Grabban is Forest’s top scorer and their finest finisher, but Murphy brings physicality and an aerial threat to the table.

Can they complement each other and if so, who misses out elsewhere?

Is it really possible for two to become one or were the Spice Girls stringing us along this whole time?

O’Neill is the man paid to make those decisions and has done a pretty good job so far.

After all, for anyone in need of a reminder, we beat Derby last time out.

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