Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock had a torrid afternoon on Saturday as he contributed very little during his side’s narrow 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.
Forest headed into the game winless in six and beginning to look nervously over their shoulder.
The mounting injuries, summer transfer embargo and the sale of star player Michail Antonio has left Forest looking somewhat depleted and extremely light in attacking options.
Against Wednesday, Blackstock was tasked with leading the line and putting the hosts under pressure but he simply struggled to make an impact, rarely seeing the ball and losing it when he did.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Queens Park Rangers man contributed so little in a number of key attacking areas that supporters questioned whether he was even playing or not.
Blackstock took just one shot, created zero chances and only completed eight accurate passes over the course of the 90 minutes – averaging one accurate pass per 11 minutes and 15 seconds.
Some could argue that the Reds’ midfield were simply not creative enough to feed their striker the ball, yet 33 touches would suggest otherwise and that figure doesn’t exactly put Blackstock in a good light.
After a rather even first-half of few chances, Wednesday ramped up the pressure in the second period and dominated as Dougie Freedman’s men struggled to get out of their own half.
There are an exceedingly high number of current problems at the City Ground, with arguably the biggest being their distinct lack of goals – netting only five in their previous eight league games.
Writing on Twitter after the game, supporters of the East Midlands outfit were clearly discontent with another poor attacking showing and weren’t afraid to voice their concerns regarding Blackstock.
It was never going to work with blackstock up front and Wilson at the back #nffc— LUKE (@nffc_knowles) October 31, 2015
DF picked a squad based on who was available today. I blame players like Wilson and Blackstock who underperform week in week out #NFFC— Daniel Beeston (@NFFC_LowerBC) October 31, 2015
Nothing in front of goal at all. Blackstock terrible. And Walker is sat on the bench the whole game #NFFC— Jack Drury (@TrentEndJack) October 31, 2015
Blackstock just constantly fouling, relives pressure for the opposition constantly #nffc— ️stefan (@StefanFurgala) October 31, 2015
When I saw Blackstock and Oliveria I immediately knew we would not score. Bringing on O'Grady instead of Tyler cemented that #nffc— Jamie Gibson (@jamiegibson82) October 31, 2015
You don't shoot you don't score. Get Blackstock off. #nffc— King Charles (@CharlieAllen__) October 31, 2015
Decent cross comes in,Blackstock throws defender on the floor.Rinse and repeat.#nffc— Mitch Hallwood (@mitchmaguny) October 31, 2015