COMMENT by Amir Mir
Football Insider analyses the three talking points from Nottingham Forest’s 5-2 victory over Barnsley on Friday night. Philippe Montanier’s side recorded back-to-back victories in the league at Oakwell and moved six points away from the relegation zone.
A new defence required – One clean sheet in 18 Championship games and 32 goals conceded this season suggests where the problems lie for Forest. Despite playing three centre-backs at Oakwell, the away side were still unable to prevent Sam Winnall and Marley Watkins from scoring easy goals. Teenager Joe Worrall is one for the future, but the experienced duo of Damien Perquis and Matt Mills need to be replaced.
Lansbury needs more quality around him – The midfielder stood out in an outstanding display at Oakwell. Lansbury led by example from the middle of the park as his hat-trick helped Forest to a much deserved three points. However, the former Arsenal player needs more quality and experience around him, if Montanier’s side are to push up the table.
Forest require leadership and direction off the pitch – Despite another poor defensive display, Forest still showed fight and desire on the pitch. They are currently 16th in the table, with 22 points from 18 games and have conceded 32 goals. But in the boardroom, the owners need to sell the club quickly, if they want to keep hold of their star players and most importantly stay in the second-tier.
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