For anyone still requiring a pick-me-up on the back of Saturday’s defeat at Birmingham, a double award nomination for Sabri Lamouchi and Joe Lolley should provide it.

Along with a large dose of perspective.

Yes, a 2-1 defeat at St Andrew’s was not what the doctor ordered.

Especially as another three-point haul was there for the taking as Lewis Grabban lined up a first-half penalty.

Said setback is, however, just the seventh suffered in the league this season.

Only table-topping West Brom (four) have come unstuck on fewer occasions.

A frustrating afternoon in the West Midlands was also the first outing in nine to conjure up such emotions for Forest.

Since getting the better of Hull City on Boxing Day, the Reds had been in fine fettle.

Which is important to remember when hitting a bump in the road.

It was not all that long ago that bold top-two declarations were made on the back of a hard-fought win at media darlings Brentford.


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Lolley was on target again in that contest.

He had previously bagged a brace in a 3-1 victory over Luton – including one stunning effort.

Another assist was also added to his tally in the 3-2 win over Blackburn on New Year’s Day.

The aforementioned end product has earned Lolley a Player of the Month award.

A man who is said to have endured a slight dip this season is once again earning welcome recognition from afar.

Rightly so.

Sky Bet have said: “Quiet in the first four months, Lolley has begun to show signs of returning to last season’s stellar form.

“As much as his four goals and an assist from five games, it was his determination to seize control of games which stood out.”

Lolley feeling on top of his game tends to be a good sign for the collective.

He is, however, far from the only man to have caught the eye of late.

The same can be said for a French coach prowling the touchline.



Lamouchi has, for the most part, taken to English football like the proverbial duck to water.

No adjustment period required here, thank you very much.

One Manager of the Month gong has already been added to his mantelpiece.

That prize was bestowed upon him back in September.

Forest had been faultless in their Championship efforts during that month – claiming nine points from three games.

January also delivered a hat-trick of triumphs – over Blackburn, Luton and Brentford.

Two points were taken from a dramatic 10-day double header against Reading.

Sky Bet’s nomination for Lamouchi reads: “The constancy of his message gave his players the confidence to come through an awful run at the end of 2019 and emerge refreshed in January, collecting 11 points from five unbeaten games and climbing into third place.”

Keep that in mind – Forest were flying prior to last Saturday.

The wings have been clipped a little, but the Reds are still soaring and have key men on and off the pitch endeavouring to keep the flight as smooth as possible.

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