Lack of goals are costing Nottingham Forest

By Colin FrayBBC Radio Nottingham's Forest correspondent
Steve Cotterill
Cotterill replaced Steve McClaren as the Reds boss in mid-October

Another turbulent season for Nottingham Forest and it's left the supporters once again fearing a drop into League One.

No one can doubt that the slump from the heights of the previous two seasons has been an alarming one.

Owner Nigel Doughty's already admitted that the appointment of Steve McClaren to replace Billy Davies in the summer was a mistake.

He cited that mistake as his reason for standing down as chairman on the same day McClaren quit in early October.

New manager Steve Cotterill has since turned around performances on the field, but those haven't always been matched by results.

Lack of goals has cost Forest dear, so while they look a much better side under Cotterill, problems in front of goal mean they'll still spend the new year in or around the relegation zone.

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren resigned after a home defeat to Birmingham City

And this time, unlike the last - three years ago - they don't have Doughty's money to call upon to get them out of trouble.

When Billy Davies replaced Colin Calderwood early in 2009, he was able to bring in loan players after January, and it worked. Forest stayed up.

Cotterill, you feel, faces a similar challenge, but if he's to bring players in, loan or permanent, he'll first have to sell.

Doughty's agreed to honour his commitments to the Reds, but won't be putting new money into the club.

Forest, and Cotterill, have to find goals from a self-sufficient standpoint.

Dexter Blackstock's return from a year out with injury, then, could be timely, and you can't help but feel that if Forest continue to play as they have in most of the games since Cotterill took over, the goals will come, and they will get out of trouble.

Won't they?

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