Lewis Grabban’s penalty miss at Birmingham on Saturday caused some spillage, but the glass remains half full for Nottingham Forest.

Even if you buy into the alternative way of thinking, there is still time to get back to the bar.

The Championship water holing is a long way off calling time.

Whether the aforementioned beverage was knocked over or spat out as Lee Camp sprang to his left at St Andrew’s, we are not in the Last Chance Saloon.

There are still 16 games to come this season.

That is 48 points to play for.

Forest are only five adrift of top spot!

With outings against Leeds and West Brom – the current occupants of the automatic promotion places – looming large on the horizon.

Disappointment at the events played out in the West Midlands on Saturday is understandable.

Defeats should never be embraced.

To have been 12 yards away from a 2-0 lead and leave empty-handed is frustrating.

It is, however, not the end of the world.


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The day after Brexit was finally pushed through, we were not pushed ever closer to Armageddon.

For Forest, this was one step backwards.

But there have been so many strides in the right direction that the odd wobble means little in the grand scheme of things.

Sabri Lamouchi’s side are far from falling on their face.

A French coach has merely been sent back to the drawing board.

There are, of course, issues for him to address.

One of those concerns who steps up the next time match officials award Forest a spot kick.

Is Grabban still first in the queue?

Having been relieved of duties once before, is the baton about to be passed on again?

Arguments can be made for both cases.

The Reds’ leading marksman has spurned five of the 11 penalties he has taken since arriving at the City Ground.

Over the course of his career, he has failed with only nine of 37.

That record is not as bad as some would have you believe.


Questions of his ability over a dead-ball appears misguided, with some suggesting that an archetypal ‘fox in the box’ is less effective when given time to over-think matters.

There is, however, no debate to be had when it comes to Forest’s top finisher.

Grabban can also be expected to practice spot-kicks.

He is a confident character and will believe in his inability to hit the back of the net every time he takes the ball.

Penalty misses are part of football.

Lionel Messi, a six-time Ballon d’Or winner, has fluffed his lines from 12 yards on 26 occasions down the years.

He keeps stepping up again.

Character is as important as ability when it comes to one-on-one situations.

Grabban and Forest have shown plenty of that this season.

So let’s take a collective breather, count to 10, wipe the dregs off the table and go again.

We may not need the glass in our hand a few weeks down the line anyway.

Tickets to a champagne reception remain very much up for grabs.

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