Nottingham Forest defeated Peterborough 2-0 on Saturday but despite a big three points, a conundrum emerged for Steve Cooper.

The Reds secured the victory thanks to goals from James Garner and Ryan Yates.

After an abysmal first half, Forest came into their own during a second 45 that saw them score two pretty good goals.

On another day, Cooper might have seen his team beaten though.

Forest target Siriki Dembele cracked the post early in the second half and had that gone in, the game could have panned out differently.

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It didn’t though and the Reds kept a third clean sheet in four matches and secured a big three points.

Some statistics did highlight a problem, however.

As per Who Scored, three of Forest’s four attacking options on Saturday, all touched the ball fewer times than goalkeeper Brice Samba.

Philip Zinckernagel (48), Brennan Johnson (36) and Lewis Grabban (26) all had fewer touches than the 51 that the Congolese goalkeeper had.

Boss Cooper has stated in the past that he is keen for his team to be brave and to have plenty of attacking moments in games.

These stats won’t have delighted him and he will be keen to resolve this small issue ahead of Swansea on Saturday.

Problem: Should Cooper abandon 4-2-3-1 at Forest?

It’s fair to say that the Reds don’t look as dangerous when 4-2-3-1 is deployed ahead of the structured 3-4-3 approach.

Against QPR in October, the Reds had real joy through Johnson who was given the freedom to roam as one of three forward players.

In that game, Cooper reverted to 3-4-3 and ultimately Johnson instantly became less effective.

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Of course, that might be a coincidence but Forest often seem more effective when Cooper plays the system that served him so well at Swansea.

This is merely a minor problem but if Forest are hopeful of gatecrashing the play-offs, the attacking players need to get involved more.

Cooper will hope to have this conundrum cracked by the time the Reds travel to Swansea on Saturday.

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