Nottingham Forest were defeated 1-0 by Cardiff City at the City Ground on Saturday ending a four-game unbeaten stretch.
The Reds had plenty of the ball and mustered over 30 shots, although just two hitting the target. Ultimately, Forest were made to pay for some toothless finishing with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s early strike earning the Bluebirds three points.
It was a game that left Sabri Lamouchi with some questions to answer.
Playing at home is becoming increasingly difficult and arresting some patchy home form is a must for the Frenchman.
Forest have won five times away from the City Ground this season but must alter their home form if they are to stay in the promotion hunt.
One thing that was perhaps highlighted on Saturday was the Reds’ need for another wide option.
Sammy Ameobi and Joe Lolley have been the typical options in recent months, with Albert Adomah entering the fray from the bench. After those three, there isn’t a lot else.
Ameobi is often hit and miss, Adomah is into his thirties, whilst Lolley is often marked out of games these days.
Matty Cash is an option but he has been tremendous at right-back and right now there isn’t anyone to fill in for the 22-year-old in the defensive slot.
Signing another wide option would be ideal when the January window reopens. Someone who can change the dynamics of a game and give defenders something to think about would certainly help.
At times on Saturday, Lolley had three defenders around him. Supporters moaning and groaning every time he puts the slightest foot wrong also doesn’t help matters.
Perhaps a new winger would take some of the pressure away from the ex-Huddersfield man, however.
Ameobi has done a job. He has two goals and three assists this season but question marks do remain over his consistency to perform for 90 minutes.
Another striker is what supporters have been calling for. On Saturday, however, it wouldn’t have mattered who was upfront as Lewis Grabban never saw the ball.
Having a few more goals and a different wide option might be just as useful as a new striking addition when the window reopens.