Nottingham Forest have had a solid start to the season so far under new manager, Sabri Lamouchi.
The boss has been influential in what has been a really interesting first six games at the City Ground. On paper, the start that Lamouchi has had couldn’t have been tougher, with games against West Brom, Leeds and Fulham already being played.
The Reds sit 10th in the table, having lost just once so far this season, the defeat came on the opening day to a strong West Brom outfit at the City Ground.
Since then, Forest have won at Craven Cottage whilst drawing at Elland Road. In the Carabao Cup they smashed rivals Derby, 3-0, and beat Birmingham by the same result in the league.
Lamouchi’s side take on top of the table, Swansea City, on Saturday, and will be hoping to continue their encouraging start.
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They look very solid. Lamouchi seems to have his side playing with a bit of steel first and foremost and they’ve shown their resolve on a number of occasions in the season already. A draw at Elland Road was a fantastic result, whilst they hung on in what was a nervy final ten minutes at Craven Cottage.
If you become hard to beat, then you’re going to earn a lot of points in this division, and having not lost away so far in this current campaign, it shows that Lamouchi is building something in Nottingham.
Some of the new players that Forest have brought in have been brilliant in the opening six games of the season. Samba Sow and Tiago Silva have settled in very well to life in the Championship and have both played crucial roles in victories already this season.
When you have players like Albert Adomah and Alfa Semedo competing for a place in the first XI, then you know that the squad is capable of playing to a high level in the Championship. Again, both have shown how influential they can be, producing important moments in vital games.
One man has got the forward line firing, and that’s Lewis Grabban. He looks back to his best this season and as hungry as ever to score the goals for Forest.
He’s already got five goals in all competitions this season and has been a key player in earning the Reds victories in their opening games. He scored twice in the win at Fulham and looks to be the go to man when looking for goals this season.
He’ll be hoping to add to his tally against Swansea City this weekend.