Nottingham Forest are six games into the 2019-20 Championship campaign and are yet to see the ball placed on the penalty spot.

Neither the Reds nor their opponents have stepped up from 12 yards.

Only three sides in the division can claim to be in that position.

The others?

Leeds United and Brentford.

The Whites have managed 10 goals so far, while the Bees have mustered just five.

Forest have nine to their name.

The hope will be that a few gilt-edged opportunities to find the target are presented to the Reds over the coming weeks.

In the 2018-19 campaign, they won nine penalties – an average of one every 5.1 games.

Six were conceded at a rate of one every 7.7 games.


Original Image: Nottingham Forest/Graphic Design: Beth Davenport

Overall, with 15 spot-kicks seen at opposing ends of the field, Forest were involved in a fixture that included a penalty on average every 3.1 games.

The law of averages suggests that they are due.

Preferably in the attacking third, not the defensive one!

The last time the Reds saw a referee point to the spot came away at QPR in the penultimate game of last season – with Costel Pantilimon keeping out Nahki Wells’ effort.

Joe Lolley was the last man to convert for the Reds, in a 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough on April 22.

Leeds have seen a penalty since Forest last did, having conceded one in a play-off semi-final date with Derby.

They will probably feel as though their run, and that of the Reds, should have ended this season.

Leaving Brentford all alone.

An outing at Elland Road did, however, see fortune favour Forest and they left West Yorkshire unscathed and with a share of the spoils from a battling 1-1 draw.

There have not been too many other shouts this term.



Certainly not contentious ones.

The same cannot be said for a number of second tier rivals, including those of the arch variety.

Derby have already won four penalties in 2019-20, while conceding two.

Preston have been awarded three, while Swansea, West Brom, Huddersfield and Charlton boast two apiece.

In terms of clumsy defending, QPR top an unwanted chart having conceded three spot-kicks.

Cardiff, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading, Hull City, West Brom and Swansea have all given away two.

QPR and Cardiff also join Forest and Co in the group of clubs yet to win a penalty this term, with Stoke, Birmingham and Barnsley completing the set.

When will the Reds get their chance?

Who will step up?

Will Lolley remain on spot-kick duty or will Lewis Grabban take it back after fluffing his lines on a few occasions last season?

Have something to tell us about this article?