Hobbs has offered some advice to the attacking players, suggesting they need to work on their effectiveness when they are forced to counter after long spells of pressure from the opposition.
“When sides throw a lot of players forward that leaves space for us to counter attack and I don’t think we’re effective enough at that – It’s just ball retention – before we know it, it’s back on the edge of our box,” said Hobbs.
Forest have suffered three difficult results in their last three games with defeats against Norwich City and Wolves before they secured a point in their last game against Brentford.
The mini-run has taken a little shine off of the good work manager Dougie Freedman has done at the club, but he should find it encouraging that his players are actively trying to thinking about solutions over how to improve the side’s performances.
Freedman still has a big role to play to get things back on track and the side needs to utilise the talent and pace they have in their midfield and attack when they counter teams.
There is plenty of talent in the squad but the defence also has a duty to defend hard and keep clean sheets, which makes the job of the attack a bit easier.
Forest’s next away game is after their next two fixtures against Blackburn and hopefully they can head into that match with two more wins in the bank and the confidence to counter attack effectively.