Nottingham Forest collected another three points from their latest trip out on the road and are well on course to set a new club record for the modern era.

The Reds have taken in 15 games on their travels this season.

They have emerged victorious in seven of those.

A 1-0 victory over Brentford on Tuesday added another precious win to the pot.

Sabri Lamouchi’s side have also taken in six draws and just two defeats.

Only Wigan and Huddersfield have got the better of the Reds away from the City Ground.

In total, a rather healthy haul of 27 points has been accrued.

That is enough to sit joint-second in the Championship table when it comes to away games.

It also has the Reds on track to post a new high since slipping out of the top tier.

Relegation from the Premier League was suffered in 1999.

Since then, the Reds have knocked on the promotion door a few times but found nobody at home.

Success

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They are making their way down the driveway once more in 2019-20.

Two decades of pain could be brought to a close.

And if that does prove to be the case, then form on the road will have contributed significantly to the success.

The aforementioned victory at Griffin Park came on January 28.

By a little past the midway point of the current campaign, Forest have already bettered their total away points tallies from the last four seasons and matched that from 2014-15.

Efforts in 2013-14 only delivered 28 points, with 29 picked up a year prior to that.

Forest also mustered 28 on their travels in 2010-11.

So, since returning to the second tier from an unwelcome three-season stint in League One, Lamouchi’s class of 2019-20 are two points away from matching a previous high and three from topping it.

Turn the clock back a little further and 32 points represents the height of the Forest bar.

That was set in 2000-01.

Not even in the 2002-03 campaign under Paul Hart, in which a play-off spot was secured, did the Reds fare better than they are doing at present.

It is also worth noting that in only two of the 17 seasons to have been spent just outside of the elite in modern times have Forest collected more wins on their travels than they have right now.

Impressive

 

In 2011-12, eight wins were enjoyed while 2001-02 delivered nine.

Forest still have eight trips away from Trentside to take in this term.

That is a further 24 points to play for.

The chances are that an impressive haul will be lifted well above the benchmark of 32.

More clean sheets would also be most welcome.

Brice Samba oversaw a fifth away shutout out in midweek.

Forest’s best in that department since returning to the second rung of the ladder in 2008-09 is seven – which has been achieved on two occasions, with six achieved four times.

Again, just to reiterate, we are still in January this time around!

Lamouchi has found a magic formula when it comes to away days.

Travel sickness of the past has been cured in style.

It could, of course, come back with a vengeance but, ahead of a trip to St Andrew’s to face Birmingham on Saturday, Forest are heading back towards heights not scaled this century!

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