Chris Hughton is hopeful his side can end a run of four games without a win when they travel to high-flying Reading on Saturday.
The Nottingham Forest manager hopes that Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw with Watford has instilled some much-needed confidence into the side, telling the Club website, “There is a far better feel in the changing room than there has been in the last few games”.
It has not been a good season for Forest, who currently sit 21st in the Championship, the only consolation for fans being that they are still ahead of Derby, with Wayne Rooney’s Rams rooted to the foot of the table.
The Reds have failed to score in their last four outings and Hughton is aware that it is an issue which needs fixing as soon as possible.
“[Goalscoring] is a problem that we need to solve. If we are going to go on and win games, we need to get the right formulas when we get into the final third… I have been encouraged by the work we have done to get into those areas, it is just the final bit.”
Chris Hughton, Nottingham Forest manager
Reading, meanwhile, sit fourth in the standings just one point off league leaders Norwich City, and they will be motivated to continue their unexpected good form and have a chance to return to the top.
They’re looking to extend their three-game unbeaten streak, and will be confident of doing so, with the fourth-best home record in the Championship meanwhile Forest have the third-worst, picking up only 4 points on the road to date.
The visitors can take inspiration from their draw on Wednesday against very good opposition. With Chris Hughton’s first win as Forest manager coming away at Blackburn, they will want to put an end to relegation talk and push on to recover their season.
Forest will however be at a disadvantage as Reading will have up to 2000 fans cheering them on in the stands for the first time since March. The atmosphere will be electric and one-sided but is a much-needed return to some form of normality for the players, staff and home supporters.