Bristol City assistant manager Dean Holden has suggested to Bristol Live that Lewis Grabban is the Nottingham Forest player that must be kept at close quarters.

The Reds travel to Ashton Gate for a Championship six-pointer on Saturday; with both teams on 28 points from their fixtures this season.

Forest haven’t been overly successful at Bristol City over the years and boss Sabri Lamouchi will hope to oversee the third win in succession for his side.

Holden works alongside Lee Johnson and their team is unbeaten in the last four games. He has hinted that Grabban is the man who they must keep the closest eye on.

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He told Bristol Live: “They’ve got some real attacking intent in those forward areas, certainly with (Lewis) Grabban who’s a proven goalscorer.

“The strength in depth they’ve got across the squad and there is some real experience too. They’ve got young talent in (Ryan) Yates and Matty Cash.

“They’re a team that can’t be taken lightly at the weekend.”

The Forest striker has scored seven goals in 15 games this season and is very much the man tasked with scoring for the Reds.

Holden also had praise for the Forest boss though and he believes Lamouchi has taken to the Championship incredibly well.

He continued: “You’ve got to say that up to now, he’s doing a very good job. They’ve had a turnaround of managers in the last few years.

“It was such a huge football club when I was growing up; a massive club. They seem at the moment like they’re in a good place.”

These comments from a member of the coaching staff of Saturday’s opponents indicate that Forest aren’t a club that is being taken lightly.


In the past, the Reds have had a soft underbelly and thankfully there is a new-look resolve to the current Forest side.

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As always Grabban will head to Bristol in the mood for goals. With only Rafa Mir in reserve, he seems certain the 31-year-old will get the nod to try and add to his tally of goals at Ashton Gate.

The big-money signing from Bournemouth has a desperately impressive goal ration for Forest and if he stays fit and firing the Reds could be in for a good season.

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