Nottingham Forest’s seven-match unbeaten run came to an end against Birmingham City in the Championship on Saturday.
Dean Ashton has aimed a dig at Nottingham Forest striker Lewis Grabban and has questioned Sabri Lamouchi’s thinking behind having the 16-goal striker as the designated penalty taker.
Speaking as a pundit on EFL on Quest (01/02/20), Ashton was reacting to Forest’s defeat against Birmingham where the Reds had the opportunity to go two goals ahead from the penalty spot in the first-half, but Grabban wasn’t able to convert.
“He has a terrible record with penalties”, Ashton said while appearing on EFL on Quest.
“If I’m the manager, I am not letting him take penalties just based on his record.”
Minutes after Grabban missed the opportunity to put the Reds in firm control of the game, Birmingham went down the other end and equalised through on-loan Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan.
It didn’t get any better for the Reds after half-time. Kristian Pedersen’s scrappy goal midway through the second-half was enough to secure the hosts all three points.
There is no doubt in the minds of supporters that Grabban’s penalty miss was the turning point in the game.
It certainly isn’t the first time the 32-year-old has missed from the spot. Grabban scored three but missed four penalties last season.
That being said, this was the first penalty he has missed this season, having netted from the spot against Luton Town, Blackburn Rovers and Hull City.
Nonetheless, Nottingham Forest supporters won’t be too critical on the striker given his performances this season. He has scored 16 goals already in the Championship and the Reds wouldn’t be in the position they are now without his goals.
The Reds certainly can’t afford to be missing such opportunities in future though.
Grabban will be hoping to make up for his penalty miss against Leeds United at the City Ground next weekend.