Lee Camp laments lack of Nottingham Forest goals

Lee Camp
Camp played every league match for Forest during the 2010/11 season

Nottingham Forest keeper Lee Camp says their goalscoring record must improve if they are to win promotion from the Championship next season.

Forest lost in the play-offs for the second season running, suffering a 3-1 aggregate defeat against Swansea City.

The Reds missed a number of chances in the latter stages of the second leg at the Liberty Stadium and hit the woodwork three times in total during the 90 minutes.

And Camp said their failure to take their chances told the story of a season which saw only two teams in the top ten score fewer goals than Forest.

Camp told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We create so many chances but it's about putting the ball in the net, the teams that score the goals go up."

Burnley (65) and Millwall (62) - in eighth and ninth place - both finished below Billy Davies' side in the goalscoring stakes, while the Swans ended the campaign level with the Reds on 69 goals.

Champions QPR only scored two more goals than Forest but second-placed Norwich City managed 83 goals and their strikers' goalscoring record put their Forest counterparts to shame.

City's striking duo Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson scored 34 goals between them. Forest used nine strikers throughout the season and they managed just one more goal than them - and not one of their frontmen reached double figures.

Rob Earnshaw, David McGoldrick, Dele Adebola, Nathan Tyson, Robbie Findley and Dexter Blackstock were all sidelined with injuries at some point.

And Marcus Tudgay and Kris Boyd both joined during the season while Nialle Rodney barely played.

But in total Forest's forward line made 172 appearances and scored just 35 goals - only marginally better than one goal per five matches.

Midfielder Lewis McGugan was the club's top scorer with 13 goals, averaging one every three games.

But despite their troubles in front of goal, Camp feels Forest should be proud of their efforts this season.

"I'm emotionally drained, bitterly disappointed and sad," Camp reflected after their play-off heartache in Wales. "It's not to be and we are where we are.

"But over the course of the season I think it's another great achievement.

"Top six was realistic and we achieved top six. I know we flirted with the top two but I think to have two years in the play-offs - back-to-back - is a fantastic achievement and one we can be very proud of.

"When we beat Cardiff and were in the top two I think we had a great chance [of automatic promotion] but the fixture list caught up with us. We had a little dip in form at the wrong time. But we finished the season with four wins to get in the play-offs."

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