Forest's goal avalanche may yet see them gatecrash the play-offs

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The upturn in form since the arrival of Dougie Freedman at the City Ground has been matched by a dramatic surge in the 'goals scored' column.

In the eight games since Dougie Freedman succeeded Stuart Pearce on February 1st, Forest have plundered 22 goals in winning six matches, drawing one and losing one. Even in the two games where Forest have dropped points, they have ensured the scoreboard operator is kept busy, notching four in a dramatic 4-4 draw at Blackpool and equalising in the eventual 2-1 defeat at Charlton.

The record is all the more remarkable given the loss of 15-goal top scorer Britt Assombalonga in the 3-0 defeat of Wigan, only Freedman's second game in charge.

Since the £5.5 million signing's loss to knee surgery, the goalscoring mantle has been taken up by a range of players as midfielders and squad men have stepped up to the plate to cover the long term loss of the ex-Peterborough forward.

Powerful wide man Michail Antonio has 11 goals for the season and Matty Fryatt has six. Midfielder Henri Lansbury has been the main beneficiary of Freedman's new broom, scoring in each of the first five games of the Scotsman's reign. Loanee midfielder from Aston Villa, Gary Gardner, has also weighed in with some spectacular strikes, notably in the 3-0 win at Reading and Saturday's opener in the 2-1 defeat of high-flying Middlesbrough.

In from the cold has come forgotten-man Dexter Blackstock, who popped up with the winning goal on Saturday and his first at the City Ground since December 2012.

Although Forest lie nine points behind the play-off places in the Sky Bet Championship table, they haven't given up on a late surge into the top six. Such blistering form cannot be ignored and with plenty of shooting boots being polished at the City Ground, who would bet against them? 

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