Nottingham Forest must recall Matty Fryatt if they want victory over Brentford

Forest City Ground

Matty Fryatt has to start for Nottingham Forest following his return to match fitness.

Fryatt has been in-and-out of match action following his transfer to the City Ground over the summer, with a recurring groin injury limiting him to just 10 appearances this season.

The Nottingham Post reported that the 28-year-old should be back in contention for Wednesday evening’s game with Brentford, and, with the Reds looking to record their first win in eight games, Fryatt’s inclusion in the starting XI could be the key factor.

The former Leicester forward has started just three games in Forest’s dreadful winless run, having started the season as Britt Assombalonga’s strike partner in a classic 4-4-2 formation. The duo shared a number of goals amongst themselves, and Assombalonga benefited from playing alongside an experienced forward with a good footballing brain. It has been since Fryatt’s injury - and Forest’s change to a 4-2-3-1 - that Assombalonga has struggled in front of goal, with the former Championship leading scorer netting just three goals when playing as a lone forward - all in the 5-3 victory over Fulham.

Utilising Fryatt in a 4-4-2 also allows him to compensate for the off-form Henri Lansbury, who has looked out of sorts in recent weeks. Often featuring as the number 10 for Stuart Pearce’s side, Lansbury has struggled to create chances for his teammates, and Fryatt would be willing to drop deep and aid with the link-up play - something that Assombalonga has proven he cannot do as a lone forward.

Despite their recent promotion to the Championship, Brentford look well set for survival, and, if recent results are anything to go by, the Bees could well be looking at sneaking into the play-off places. They press high up the pitch, and will look to take advantage of the defensive frailties in the Forest ranks by working tirelessly until the final whistle blows. Whilst Assombalonga has proven himself as a goalascorer, the former Peterborough man offers little in the way of work rate and defensive contribution, and Pearce should be looking at Fryatt to press Brentford high up the pitch, reducing their own ability to press - playing them at their own game.

Another loss for Forest will move them onto nine games without victory, and could see them slip further down the Championship table to 11th place - with Brentford moving ahead of them. With the entire starting XI looking out of sorts in recent weeks, Fryatt’s professionalism and experience may have returned from injury at the perfect time - and should be utilised in the starting line-up at the earliest possible opportunity.

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