Football logic dictates that you do not tinker with a winning team.

If a successful formula has been found, then why change it?

Well, Nottingham Forest may be favouring a slightly different approach in 2019-20.

It could be argued that that they have adopted a different mindset for some time.

Martin O’Neill spoke regularly of ‘experiments’ during his time at the helm.

Changes aplenty were made to starting XIs, with the Reds seemingly starting afresh each and every time they took to the field.

This time around, there is method to the madness.

Forest swept aside Birmingham 3-0 at the City Ground on Saturday.

Same again at Charlton would be the call from many.

Sabri Lamouchi, though, may look to shuffle his pack.


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To be fair, he has not strayed too far from the opening hand he dealt this term.

Through three Championship games, just 15 players have been used.

A defensive unit of goalkeeper and a back four has remained untouched, while Lewis Grabban is very much the main man up top.

The only selection tweak so far came against Birmingham in the middle of the park.

Samba Sow replaced Tiago Silva in the engine room, while Sammy Ameobi took Albert Adomah’s place on the flanks.

Both had already seen minutes prior to that outing.

Lamouchi is considered to have got his line-up and tactics spot on.

Horses for courses is the Frenchman’s methodology.

And he is not about to stray too far from that.

He has said in the Nottingham Post heading towards a visit to The Valley: “We have different ways for different opponents.

“Some managers, when they win they want to keep the same team.

“But we have a lot of games in the next two weeks. We will see day after day.”



So those believing they are safe after a star showing at the weekend may have to think again.

Sweeping changes will not be made, but no shirt is safe.

Which is how it should be.

Places should have to be earned and selection decisions made with the strengths and weaknesses of opponents in mind.

There have been occasions in the not too distant past when Forest appeared to have no idea what their strongest side was.

Or how to get the best out of those at their disposal.

Lamouchi believes he can tinker without tarnishing.

He certainly has enough options up his sleeve in an overloaded squad.

Stability and consistency are key qualities for any successful side and the Reds are building a settled spine.

It is, however, refreshing to hear that coaching trends will be bucked if required, with the odd calculated risk merely adding to the fun and games.

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