Lewis Grabban has told Nottingham Forest News that it doesn’t play on his mind when he goes on a run of games where he doesn’t find the net.
Prior to his equalising goal in Monday’s 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough, Grabban had gone six Championship games without scoring for the Reds.
The £6 million striker insists, however, that it’s not all about him scoring goals and feels the team is always more important.
He told Nottingham Forest News: “It was nice to score at Middlesbrough.
“A lot of stuff is made when strikers don’t score but, for me, it’s just one of those things – you can’t score in every game.
“I was pleased to get back on the scoresheet but the main thing, that I always say, is that we need to be winning games whether I’m scoring or not.”
Grabban has found the net 17 times this season and it does seem comical that some cynics came out in full force during his dry spell.
The 32-year-old won’t be losing any sleep, however, and we asked him if plays on his mind when he goes on a run of games without finding the net.
He continued: “No, not at all. I still have other things that I need to do during the game.
“The icing on the cake is getting a goal but I still have to contribute in many other ways and all forwards know that it’s only natural to go through a little dry patch.
“If you let it bother you too much then you’ll never get back on the trail.”
Forest have taken four points from their last two away games; beating Cardiff 1-0 prior to Monday’s draw at the Riverside Stadium.
After the win in the Welsh capital, Grabban received praise from his boss, Sabri Lamouchi.
The experienced performer assisted the winner for Tiago Silva and he believes that the game was a good example of contributing without scoring a goal.
“The Cardiff game was a prime example of doing other things for the team and I thought I did well that day.
“It’s really nice that the manager appreciates that side of my game.”
Forest face Millwall at the City Ground tomorrow and Grabban scored twice against them back in December.
Despite occasionally being forced to answer his critics, his importance to the Forest team is there for all to see.
If Grabban can continue to fire this season then who knows what Forest can achieve before the 2019/20 campaign draws to a close.