Nottingham Forest have proved to be away-day specialists this season, but victory over Leeds has delivered a welcome show of symmetry at the City Ground.

The Reds are as good at home as they are on the road.

Said statement has been a little wide of the mark at times this season.

Pressure and expectation on Trentside has weighed heavy.

That is no longer the case.

A 2-0 win over fellow promotion hopefuls in the Reds’ last outing proved as much.

A raucous atmosphere inspired Sabri Lamouchi’s side against Leeds.

There was no retreating into collective shells, passing of the buck or treating the ball as a hot potato.

Everybody wanted to be involved and, to a man, delivered in stunning style.


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Forest have now picked up 27 points in their own backyard.

The same number as has been collected on their travels.

Only 15 games have been taken in at the City Ground, as opposed to 16 outside of NG2.

With attention having now shifted to a meeting with Charlton on Tuesday, the feel-good factor can be turned up another notch.

Lamouchi has been eager to keep a lid on things, saying in the Nottingham Post: “There is so far to go.

“I don’t want to talk about the rankings, I just want to talk about the game.

“We have a game on Tuesday, Charlton at home, then we go to West Brom on Saturday.

“It is just game after game and step by step.”

The Frenchman is right to urge caution.

There are still 15 games for Forest to take in this season – some 45 points to play for.



The Reds are, however, back to within touching distance of the top two while having the reigning Championship Manager of the Month calling the shots.

Form on home soil has been found at just the right time.

A healthy haul of 13 points has been taken from the last 15 on offer in front of a demanding fan base.

Prior to that sequence of results, a five-game run on Trentside had delivered only four from 15.

Questions were being asked of why a cure for travel sickness could not be replicated in more familiar surroundings.

Such queries have gone quiet.

A ‘moving on’ mentality has been replaced by ‘bring it on’.

That is credit to those on and off the field and the hard work which has brought Forest to this point.

Consistency is key for any side harbouring promotion ambitions and, as we continue to bask in the events of Saturday evening, the Reds have levelled things up nicely on both sides of the schedule.

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