Nottingham Forest will face Blackburn Rovers this evening looking to stretch their run in the league to nine matches.
The Reds haven’t tasted the sour taste of defeat since the opening day of the 2019/20 campaign when West Bromwich Albion won at the City Ground.
Since then Sabri Lamouchi has overseen eight games without defeat; with three wins already collected away from home.
The French boss is starting to establish the strengths of his squad and although Forest won at Stoke City on Friday evening, the manager wasn’t overly satisfied with the performance.
Tonight Lamouchi must overcome another challenge.
Although the former Rennes manager won’t be too concerned by what has happened in previous seasons, he may well be aware of Forest’s abysmal record against tonight’s opposition.
Forest haven’t beaten Blackburn since 2014 when they secured a 4-1 win. The Reds actually did the double over Rovers that since winning 1-0 at Ewood Park thanks to Darius Henderson’s goal deep into stoppage time.
During the comprehensive win at the City Ground that season Henri Lansbury scored a brace, with the other goals coming from Jamie Paterson and Andy Reid.
The Reds were seemingly set for a play-off push that season during the second spell of Billy Davies’ management.
An injury crisis saw Forest fall away, however, and a 5-0 defeat at Derby County ultimately saw Davies lose his job.
Since that day in January 2014 Forest have played Blackburn seven times; with Rovers winning four times and three games finishing in a draw.
Even back when Forest were performing well in the Premier League during the early nineties, Blackburn always proved a difficult nut to crack.
The 1995/96 campaign saw two particularly miserable games with tonight’s opposition. A 7-0 hammering at Ewood Park was followed up four months later with a 5-1 defeat at the City Ground.
Alan Shearer netted four times against the Reds that season so thank goodness he won’t be present in the Blackburn team this evening!
There shouldn’t be too much attention paid by Lamouchi to Forest’s recent hoodoo against Rovers but naturally, the supporters will be aware of the abysmal record.
The squad which thumped Blackburn five years ago had some tremendous players in it; but the team which takes to the pitch against Tony Mowbray’s side this evening is far better.
Forest will look towards Joe Lolley, Lewis Grabban and Joao Carvalho to try and emulate the likes of Reid, Lansbury and Simon Cox and bring all three points back to Trentside.