Hard to weigh up which direction Forest are heading

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The postponement of Forest's match against Bristol City has given all involved with the club time to pause, catch their breath and take stock of the season so far.

This season has been a difficult one to categorise. The summer was far less productive than last year, and left the squad looking thinner on paper than before.

Two defeats in the opening two matches – most disappointingly to Bradford in the Carling Cup – gave the fans little reason to feel positive about the coming campaign.

Since then, it has been hard to shake the feeling of mild anti-climax despite the fact that Forest aren't significantly worse off than they were at this stage last season. Things have yet to click properly, and goals have been much harder to come by, as have clean sheets.

Admittedly, it wasn't until the end of November 2009 that the Reds really found top gear with successive home thumpings of Doncaster and Leicester, but there don't seem to be any real signs that similar performances are on the horizon.

Last week's defeat to Leicester was a drab match in which Forest looked (to me) reasonably comfortable dealing with the threat of the Foxes, right up until they conceded, at which point, they seemed to have no real response to the situation.

An early injury to Dele Adebola hadn't helped matters, leaving Forest hitting long balls up to Rob Earnshaw who was probably the smallest man on the pitch at that time, and the team was also in the middle of an injury crisis at the time.

However, the excuses stop there, and also cannot be applied to many of the preceding matches in which the same problems have arisen. For once Lewis McGugan was unable to pluck a magical equaliser out of the ether. But we continue to live in hope.

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Lewis McGugan

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