Nottingham Forest have been ranked second-bottom in the Premier League and EFL for average possession so far this season.

Steve Cooper’s side have averaged 32.8%, with only Rotherham United having less with 32.4%.

On the face of it, it can seem quite alarming, but when you take Forest’s low block away at Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea the low possession statistic seems to make sense.

However, the Reds have picked up six points so far this campaign, three of which against Chelsea, proving you don’t have to have the most possession, but it’s what you do with it that counts.

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Lack of possession for Nottingham Forest

The Reds play a clear counter-attacking style with pace on the break from players such as Anthony Elanga, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Taiwo Awoniyi.

Awoniyi’s goal away at Arsenal is a prime example of the counter-attacking qualities that Cooper’s side possesses.

The play style may be seen as ‘boring’ to some fans, but one thing is for sure it can be effective against sides that like to dominate possession.

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Despite this, Sheffield United at home may have been a victory but the Reds looked to sit back and counter at home against a side they should be beating.

Although the counter style works for Forest, Cooper may need to slightly adapt his tactics at home to dominate the play, continuing the fortress they created last season.

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