Nottingham Forest are a better attacking side this season, but much worse goalscorers

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Nottingham Forest have struggled in front of goal this season.

After eight games, Nottingham Forest sit in 12th place in the Championship table, with three wins and two draws earning them 11 points.

They are a thoroughly mid-table side, and it is hard to imagine Dougie Freedman’s men challenging for the upper positions of the league table this term, but they should also not be threatened by relegation.

One area which has cost Forest in this early stage is their failures in front of goal, with their eight goals in eight games one of the lowest in the league. Only four teams have scored fewer than Freedman’s side, three of which were the teams promoted from League One last term.

However, the underlying stats suggest that Forest are a more attacking team than they were last season, it is just their inability to hit the back of the net which is costing them.

  SeasonTotal Conversion RateOn Target Conversion RateGoalsTotal Attempts Per GameOn Target Attempts per GameGames
Forest 2014-2015 11% 37% 71 14.6 4.6 46
Forest 2015-2016 5% 20% 8 17.3 5.0 8

They are registering more shots and more shots on target per game than they were last term, but when it comes to actually scoring goals, they are incredibly profligate.

They have a total conversion rate of only half their tally from last term, whilst their on target conversion rate has dropped from 34% to 20%.

So whilst Freedman has his side attacking more frequently, and trying much harder to hit the back of the net, his players are being much more wasteful in front of goal.

The positive side of this is that the shot numbers suggest Forest’s lack of goals will not continue, as they are creating chances, and just not putting them away.

If Freedman’s players can finally find their shooting boots, and the same style of football is played, they should have no trouble increasing their tally in front of goal at a rapid rate.

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