Stuart Pearce says that Nottingham Forest missed the creativity of Andy Reid during their 0-0 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend.
Forest could not break down a resilient Brighton back line during the match, as they lacked their usual attacking verve and Pearce has blamed this on the absence of Reid.
"We know Andy Reid can create and get us a goal," he said to the Nottingham Post. "The creativity and the ability to pick out a clever pass was perhaps missing for us.
"We could not find a fluency around the penalty area (against Brighton). We will look at that and keep trying to improve."
Reid has been out since the middle of September with a thigh injury and it seems that the club will be hoping that his return is imminent.
The attacking midfielder doesn't possess too much pace, but his ability to pick a pass is second to none and he remains one of the finest technical players in the Championship.
This season he has been joined by a lightening fast attacking unit and has thrived with the increased options available to him.
Forest have launched their title bid in spectacular fashion, scoring for fun, and they are still in the automatic places in the embryonic second-division table, despite their failure to win last weekend.
Much of this has been down to the potency of their forward line, with Reid able to feed the likes of Michail Antonio and Britt Assombalonga when he was in the team.
However, without him some of the spark has been lost and the Reds will be determined to get back to wining ways tonight.
Stuart Pearce's side take on Wigan Athletic, in a challenging away fixture, and they will know that a win will only further establish their place as a promotion contender this year.