Martin O’Neill’s reign at Nottingham Forest hasn’t really gone off to a bright start. He’s only been able to win two out of his six games and instead of boosting their campaign, he has dropped them off a potential playoffs spot. The time to deliver is quickly approaching for the Northern Irishman.
While the former Aston Villa manager has the reputation to elevate the standards of teams with limited potential, he’s been unable to get the Reds back to their best. Neither has he been able to solve their persistent issues with drawing games. Forest have drawn two games under O’Neill, falling short of victory at the final hurdle in the process.
However, there’s still time for him to redeem Forest’ season heading into the final stretch of the season. Following the Derby County game, the Reds have quite a comfortable schedule till the end, only facing Sheffield United and Middlesbrough among their playoffs rivals.
Most games are against the bottom half of the table, meaning Forest have a comfortable path to showcase their superiority. Chances of a playoffs qualification might be low, but they need to gain some momentum to keep on playing attractive football and entertain fans.
Forest need to be defensively stronger and more clinical going forward while having the ability to absorb pressure and grind out wins.
As their playoffs rival claw away at one another to gain playoffs qualification, O’Neill can help Forest sneak in a playoffs spot if he finds a winning combination soon. So far, he’s fallen short, but it only takes a couple of games to turn things around.