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Nottingham Forest hero outlines key area where Stuart Pearce's side must improve

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Former Nottingham Forest striker Garry Birtles says that the club must improve from set pieces.

After bouncing back from a tough run of results, Nottingham Forest remain just five points off the play-off places, which is what manager Stuart Pearce must be aiming for this term.

Summer signings Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio have justified their combined £7m price tag, hitting 21 goals between them - over two-thirds of Forest's entire goal haul in the Championship.

Whilst their success is great news for Pearce, it does bring up a problem in itself. With just ten goals from the rest of the team, other Forest players are struggling to find the net.

Now, former Forest striker Garry Birtles says that the current side need to improve their sharing of the goalscoring load, particularly from set pieces.

"The one area where Forest can really improve though is from set pieces…we have not had one goal from a defender yet in 21 games," Birtles told the Nottingham Post.

"When you have the likes of Michael Mancienne, Jamaal Lascelles and Kelvin Wilson going up for corners and attack minded full-backs like Jack Hunt and Danny Fox, they should have got one or two by now."

"Forest cannot just rely on Britt and Michail to get the goals for them, it is time for the rest of the side to start chipping in with a few more goals as well," he added.

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