BBC Radio Nottingham pundit Steve Sutton claimed that Preston stifled two Nottingham Forest players during last night’s 0-0 draw.

The Reds were left frustrated at Deepdale. They started brightly in the North West but a denied penalty appeal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Forest.

Preston grew into the game and they were the most likely to win the contest in the second half, with Ryan Lowe’s men missing a host of chances.

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Forest will take a point but they really must be beating Bristol City at the City Ground on Saturday to stay in top-six contention.

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Sutton feels that last night’s game hinged on a strategy that Preston executed to perfection.

He believed that their plan to stop Djed Spence and Brennan Johnson down the right-hand side proves a masterstroke by Ryan Lowe.

He said live on BBC Radio Nottingham: “Preston worked hard, closed down and knew where Forest’s dangers were. The pace of Spence and Johnson was marked up pretty tightly.”

Preston were kept at arm’s length thanks to Forest’s point. Had the hosts beaten the Reds, they would have gone ahead of Cooper’s men in the Championship.

Johnson and Spence were stifled and for that, Preston deserve immense credit.

Sutton is right and Forest must find other ways of scoring goals

This is proving to be a real conundrum for Steve Cooper to crack. He has to find a way to score goals when teams do a job on the right-hand side.

The head coach has worked wonders at Forest to date. Now, the challenge is to put together another run of wins that could see the Reds claim a top-six place.

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Spence and Johnson are both dangerous players and it’s no problem calling on them to do the business. Ultimately, it won’t always work, however, and Forest must be ready for their threat to be stifled.

Cooper boasts lots of good players and in the coming weeks, he’ll be looking for other players to step up to the task of scoring goals and looking a threat.

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