The goal struggles of Nottingham Forest have been well documented, with the Reds scoring just five goals in their last 10 games.

It is a consistent theme that has ran all season, with Forest scoring just 30 goals in 38 games.

For context, this is the fifth worst in the division – only Wycombe Wanderers (25), Derby County (27), Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City (both 28) are more goal shy.

What makes this remarkable though is that Forest actually create a lot of chances, so what is going wrong?

To find out further, we looked to see who the most accurate shooters in the Forest team are (10 or more shots), courtesy of stats from BBC Sport.

Joe Lolley Forest
BLACKBURN, ENGLAND OCTOBER 17: Joe Lolley shoots and scores his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest at Ewood Park on October 17, 2020 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

5. Joe Lolley

It’s been no secret that for a variety of reasons, Lolley hasn’t been at his best this season – but he’s still fifth on this list for shot accuracy.

The 28-year-old has had 26 shots on goal in 30 games, 35% of which have found the target.

However, from those, only one has found the back of the net – a 90th minute winner at Blackburn Rovers in Chris Hughton’s first game in charge.

As such, his goal conversion is just 4% and when you consider how reliable he’s been for Forest over the last few years, that really is an alarming drop.

Sammy Ameobi Forest
Sammy Ameobi (11) celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 2-0 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Millwall at the City Ground, Nottingham on Saturday 16th January 2021. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

4. Sammy Ameobi

Just ahead of Lolley is another winger in Ameobi, who interestingly has had the most shots out of any Forest player this season with 40.

Of those, 38% have been on target but similarly to Lolley, three of those have found the net – giving him a goal conversion of 8%.

Ameobi is prone to shooting from outside of the box, so the fact his accuracy is so high is testament to his ability to find the target from distance.

However – and as has been the case ever since he signed – Forest need more than three goals a season on average from their winger.

Anthony Knockaert Forest
Anthony Knockaert (28) of Nottingham Forest celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-3 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wycombe Wanderers and Nottingham Forest at Adams Park, High Wycombe on Saturday 6th February 2021. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

3. Anthony Knockaert

For his standards, it has been a quiet season for Knockaert, who has found the net just three times in all competitions.

However, he just pips Ameobi in shot accuracy, with 39% of his 31 shots working the goalkeeper in some capacity.

As such, his goal conversion is slightly higher at 10%, but it is something that Knockaert will be seeking to improve these last eight games.

If anyone is going to get the very best out of him though, it is indeed Hughton and Forest fans will be hoping he does.

Lyle Taylor
Lyle Taylor scores his side’s first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Wycombe Wanderers at the City Ground, Nottingham on Saturday 7th November 2020. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

2. Lyle Taylor

Overrated by some, underused by others, Lyle Taylor has had a mixed debut campaign for his new side since joining in the summer.

 

Despite not scoring a league goal since November though, Taylor boasts a 48% shot accuracy from his 33 shots on target.

Of these, five have been goals – meaning his goal conversion is 15% – and he remains the club’s top scorer so far.

Given he has been used sporadically, it might be time for Taylor to get a run in the side to prove his worth instead of giving him 15 minute run outs.

Glenn Murray
Glenn Murray (25) celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-1 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wycombe Wanderers and Nottingham Forest at Adams Park, High Wycombe on Saturday 6th February 2021. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

1. Glenn Murray

A Hughton favourite and it’s now perhaps easy to see why, as despite joining in January, Murray is Forest’s most accurate marksman.

Of his 13 shots, 54% have been on target, with Murray having a knack of being in the right place at the right time.

Again though, Murray has just scored just two goals and both came against Wycombe – meaning that his goal conversion is 15%.

It remains to be seen whether the 37-year-old retires at the end of the season, but Forest fans will be hoping he can score a few more in the next eight games.

Lewis Grabban
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 02: Lewis Grabban scores during the Sky Bet Championship match between Coventry City and Nottingham Forest at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium on February 02, 2021 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Notable findings

You will have noticed a lack of Lewis Grabban in this list, which is remarkable given he scored 20 goals last year.

In an injury disrupted campaign, Grabban has struggled badly – just 23% of his 31 shots have hit the target and three have been goals, with a goal conversion of 10%.

For context, Ryan Yates would be sixth on this list with 34% of his 32 shots working the goalkeeper, with a goal conversion of 6% (two goals).

Meanwhile, Alex Mighten would be top had he been utilised more often.

The England U19 has scored two of his six shots this season, giving him a goal conversion of 33% and a shot accuracy of 67%.

On the flip side, Luke Freeman would be bottom as of his 10 shots on goal, just two have hit the target.

This gives Freeman a shot accuracy of 20% and a goal conversion of 10% (one goal).

Can Nottingham Forest fix their goalscoring problems?

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