If Nottingham Forest are to rediscover their spark, then it is safe to assume that Lewis Grabban will need to figure prominently.

That hasn’t been the case over recent outings.

Certainly across the Reds’ last two fixtures, which have both come on home soil.

Prior to that, Grabban showed his worth when stepping off the bench at Millwall.

In an hour of need, quite literally when taking into account when he was introduced, the 31-year-old stepped up.

Within 55 seconds of replacing Rafa Mir, Grabban was on the scoresheet.

He then netted a second at The Den, with only a late lapse in concentration seeing Forest held 2-2.

That contribution in London took Grabban into double figures for the season.

He has now achieved that feat in back-to-back campaigns – which is rare for strikers at the City Ground.

The plan was that a partial taming of the Lions would lead to even more end product on Trentside.


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Sabri Lamouchi returned his most potent attacking weapon to the starting line-up, but has seen him draw a blank.

Which is through no fault of his own.

If Grabban is to be the focal point that Forest need him to be, then he needs service.

He has to be found in the right areas and allowed to his job.

The supply line has run dry.

To the point that Grabban hasn’t even been living off scraps.

He is very much in famine territory.

Across his last 180 minutes of action, not one shot has been fired in to trouble an opposition goalkeeper.

Taking blocked efforts out of the equation – which only includes one entry against Middlesbrough anyway – Grabban has been completely and utterly contained.

With Boro and Sheffield Wednesday not having to do an awful lot in order to achieve that.

They would have needed no reminding of the threat posed by Grabban.


He is, quite obviously, Forest’s main man in the final third of the field.

Two visitors to NG2 have managed to shut up shop in that department.

There have been only two games this season in which Grabban has failed to get a single shot away, and they have been the last two.

Which is slightly alarming.

Especially when you consider he got three away in less than half-an-hour at Millwall and two when stepping off the bench for 35 minutes at Wigan.

If he can be fed, then Grabban will deliver the goods.

A toothless showing when dominating against Middlesbrough and a forgettable display all around versus Wednesday have to be swiftly wiped from the memory bank.

Forest cannot afford to hit an unwanted hat-trick at Huddersfield on Saturday.

No. 7 has to be No. 1 in the eyes of those around him, with Lamouchi needing to find a system which gives Grabban the chance to do what he does best.

In a last outing before Christmas, the Reds have to deliver presents as individuals for the good of the collective.

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