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Britt who? Nottingham Forest have scored 13 goals in four games in Assombalonga’s absence

Dougie Freedman’s unbeaten start at Nottingham Forest continued on Saturday and Britt Assombalonga’s absence is not being felt.

Since Stuart Pearce was replaced by Dougie Freedman at Nottingham Forest, they have won five games from six, scoring 19 goals in the process.

The amazing renaissance has been thrilling to watch and has catapulted Forest back into the play-off picture, even if they face an almighty task to overhaul the 10-point gap between themselves and sixth-placed Ipswich Town.

Their top scorer this season is Britt Assombalonga, who was signed by Pearce for £5.5 million from Peterborough in the summer, with 15 goals. Unfortunately for the Tricky Trees, their talisman suffered a horrible knee injury, which will keep him out for at least a year, against Wigan in Freedman’s second game in charge.

But, perhaps surprisingly, it appears to have had no effect on Forest, who have scored goals at will since Assombalonga picked up his horrendous injury. In fact, they have scored a tremendous 13 goals in four matches during that period.

Although Freedman will inevitably hit a tricky patch in his managerial reign at the City Ground, he has found a winning formula in his short spell at the club and it involves sharing the goals around slightly more.

Forest have had eight different goal-scorers in Assombalonga’s absence which is extremely promising considering he did score the bulk of their goals in the first half of the campaign.

After Pearce’s chaotic reign, Freedman has steadied the ship and has turned Forest back into the consistent side that we saw at the beginning of the season. Assombalonga’s injury was a major blow but his absence is certainly not being felt yet.

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