The one key area where Nottingham Forest's striking hope failed to impress against Ipswich

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Matty Fryatt was seen as the striker who could get Nottingham Forest scoring again, but he didn't impress against Ipswich Town on Sunday.

Nottingham Forest started the season in blistering form under new manager Stuart Pearce, but hit something of a stumbling block after three consecutive 0-0 draws against Millwall, Brighton and Hove Albion and Wigan Athletic. Britt Assombalonga hit eight goals in the first seven games of the season, but the goals dried up as Forest hit a rough patch in the early stage of the season.

However, after last week's draw with Wigan, first team coach Brian Eastick said that the return of Matty Fryatt would hand Forest the attacking boost they needed. Fryatt, 28, joined the club on a free transfer from Hull City this summer, and having been a proven goalscorer in the second tie, there were high hopes for the former Leicester City centre forward.

He made an impressive start to life at the City Ground, scoring against Reading and Bournemouth in the opening four games of the season, but suffered a groin injury which ruled him out of action for a month before playing the final 20 minutes in that stalemate with Wigan.

Having returned to fitness, Fryatt was handed a start against Ipswich Town on Sunday, as Pearce paired him with Assombalonga in a bid to produce the goals that had been lacking from Forest's recent results. Whilst Fryatt's hold-up and link-up play was impressive, he failed to impress in one key area on Sunday.

The former Walsall man was expected to be the man to score goals for Forest, but against Ipswich he could only muster one shot on goal - two fewer than strike partner Asssombalonga and a whopping seven fewer than winger Michail Antonio.

If Fryatt is to live up to the expectations of Forest fans and even Eastick, then he needs to show more attacking prowess after the international break.

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