Sky Sports pundit: This Forest star is pivotal to their chances

Nottingham Forest have coped well with the loss of Britt Assombalonga so far.

Sky Sports pundit Peter Beagrie has told the Football League Review Show on Sky Sports that Matty Fryatt will be Nottingham Forest's most important player now that Britt Assombalonga is on the treatment table.

Assombalonga had been Forest's most potent goalscorer this season, but he is set for a 12-month spell on the sidelines after damaging his knee.

It means that there is room for somebody else in their squad to take the leading role up front and Beagrie believes that Fryatt has the capabilities to do that. 

"Matty Fryatt is going to be so important to them now that Britt Assombalonga is out," he said. "He's going to be pivotal."

Fryatt has not hit the back of the net as regularly as he would have been hoping to this campaign, but he did get his name on the scoresheet in the Reds' last fixture against Reading.

The 28-year-old scored one of Forest's three goals against the Royals, as they continued their impressive form under new manager Dougie Freedman. 

Forest have remained unbeaten ever since the Scot has been appointed and there is talk of a play-off push beginning to emerge around the City Ground.

At the moment Forest are 10 points off the top six, but if they keep their current form up their promotion hopes may not be over. 

Forest's run of form has raised optimism levels around the club considerably, but Beagrie still didn't sound too confident about their promotion chances when asked whether they could make the play-off places. 

"I think it's too much," he said. "It's not impossible, but it's improbable. The run that they're on is absolutely marvellous, but they've done this before. They had 11 games unbeaten at the start of the season and they are a team that usually has streaks of wins. 

"The pressure is off now because I think they were all desperate to get a result for Stuart Pearce."

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