Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies has spoken of his willingness to bring natural width to The City Ground.The Reds have been in scintillating form since the Scot’s return, picking up ten points from a possible 12, but their new boss has already identified a weakness within his ranks.
The inclusion of Irish winger Stephen McLaughlin in Saturday’s squad gave an indication of Davies’ desire for wide options, and speaking after the 1-0 win over Wednesday he confirmed a long-term wish to bolster his options down the flanks.
He said: “Until we find some natural wide players who can run at full backs and get crosses into the box I refuse to criticise our strikers if they don’t score, I’ve told them that. The balance of the side isn’t quite right for what they require and I cannot fault their work rate.
“This is a long-term problem which we need to address as the weeks and months go by, but for now we are looking to keep as fit as we can and maintain some continuity.”
The Reds’ consistency will twice be tested this week as they welcome both Ipswich Town (Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (Saturday, kick-off 3pm) to The City Ground.
NFFC members*are entitled to a £10 discount on their Ipswich match tickets. Prices for the clash with Mick McCarthy’s Tractor Boys are as follows: £23 adults (NFFC members £13), £16 seniors (NFFC members £6), £12 under 18s and £6 under 12s.
Wolves tickets are available from as little as £22 for adults.
To buy for either match, visit the Ticket Office, click www.nffcretail.com or call 0871 226 1980 (calls are charged at 10p per minute, mobile rates may vary).
Nottingham Forest politely advise supporters to purchase in advance in order to avoid matchday queues.
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