Joe Lolley will take to the field for the 100th time in a Nottingham Forest shirt if he figures against West Brom on Saturday.

A notable achievement for the 27-year-old winger.

He fell just short of reaching a century during his time at Huddersfield, but has held his nerve in the nineties to raise a bat on Trentside.

Given his contribution to the cause over the last two years, it would be fitting if such an occasion was recognised with a three-point haul.

Unfortunately, that may be the biggest of asks.

A visit to West Brom represents the toughest of Championship assignments.

Forest have, however, fared admirably on their travels this season.

Setting up against opponents expected to dominate possession should hold no fear.

Lolley has also rediscovered a personal spark over recent weeks.

Having faced questions of his form early in 2019-20, a man who can be relied upon to give his all each and every time he takes to the field has enjoyed a much-deserved reversal in fortune.


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Even against Charlton he could be considered to have emerged with some credit.

Which is more than can be said for many of those around him.

Lolley ran himself into the ground once againt versus the Addicks, but it wasn’t to be his night.

It could his afternoon at The Hawthorns.

He is, however, going to have to drag a few members of the supporting cast along with him.

Lolley has told the club’s official website of his form: “It has been better so hopefully I can continue it.

“To be honest, at this stage I would just rather keep winning games and moving the team higher up the league. If I am scoring or assisting or helping the team in anyway, it is a bonus.

“If I can continue that and others keep their form then I am sure we will have a chance.”

Collective effort is the order of the day.



Lolley is, along with one or two others, there to provide the X factor.

He should not be relied upon to dig the Reds out of holes which are of their own making.

Surging runs and spectacular strikes from distance are supposed to the cherry on top.

That is his job, and he has made a fine fist of it.

From back to front, everyone else has to ensure that they deliver on their own individual remits.

Said boxes have been ticked on a regular basis in 2019-20.

Despite what some outsiders may think, you do not sit fifth in the table after 32 games on luck alone.

Pressure has been ramped up again, though, on the back of a 1-0 reversal in midweek.

A positive response is demanded, rather than merely longed for.

Lolley knows that and, on a landmark day, the hope is that he can once again prove that there ain’t nobody else like him.

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