Nottingham Forest are still waiting for Joe Lolley to spark into life this season, with consistency being sought across the board.

There have been flashes of brilliance, from individual and collective.

Birmingham at home in the league and Derby in the cup.

A certain standard was set across each of those outings.

The challenge, as always, is trying to maintain that level and reproduce it on a more regular basis.

Slow starts need to be eradicated and a tighter grip on games secured.

Sabri Lamouchi is aware of that fact.

As is Lolley.

And the latter is in a position to be able to do something about it.

Lamouchi can piece together the plans, but he needs his players to deliver on them.


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A mixed bag has been produced so far, and still only one defeat has been suffered.

Imagine what would happen if all of the pieces came together!

How do Forest set about achieving that?

Lolley has said in the Nottingham Post: “Confidence. We need to believe that we can do it.

“It’s just little details.

“We need to cut out those little mistakes and have the confidence to go and hurt the opposition.”

Sounds simple doesn’t it.

Lolley needs to heed his own advice, while dragging others along with him.

He remains the ace in the Forest pack, even with a fit-again Joao Carvalho in the mix once more.

The 27-year-old is capable of carrying the Reds from back to front.

Single-handedly at times.



On his day, driving runs from deep are a sight to behold and have opposition defenders running scared.

Long-range strikes are never far away either, with a wand of a left foot capable of finding the net from just about anywhere.

The target has been hit on two occasions so far this season.

Against Birmingham and Derby.

A theme is emerging.

If Lolley is firing, then so are Forest.

Slow burns are to be expected after another summer of much movement on and off the field, and reigning Player of the Year Lolley only had one effort to his name across his first 11 outings last season.

The radar has been a little off at times this term, but it is still in working order.

No full rewiring job is required, just a few minor tweaks.

Lolley has already highlighted how he and Forest can scale the heights they are looking towards, we just need the walk to back up the talk.

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