There are not too many occasions in which you would expect to look to Danny Cullip, John Curtis and Sammy Clingan for inspiration.

Maybe if you were piecing together a book on footballing nomads.

Outside of that…

The aforementioned trio could, however, be held up as examples to Nottingham Forest’s class of 2018/19 this weekend.

They are not the only ones.

If Martin O’Neill were to go down a rather bemusing route with his team talk on Saturday, then 11 other names could figure.

Smith, Morgan, Breckin, Southall, Commons (Lester), Perch, Harris (Holt), Agogo (Tyson).

That is because the Reds are seeking to end a 13-year hoodoo.

When Brentford roll into town, they will do so having not suffered a defeat in Nottingham since 2006.

Said contest actually took place on November 4 of that year so technically a little over 12 years ago, but you get the point.

It was a while back.

Bogey side

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And if you are able to recall anything of it, then fair play.

To those who can’t, the Reds ran out 2-0 winners courtesy of a brace from Kris Commons.

A straightforward success cemented a standing at the top of the League One table and represented a fourth victory in a row for Colin Calderwood’s side.

Forest would end the season fourth and denied a play-off final berth by Yeovil.

A season which had promised so much, ultimately delivered very little.

Time flies but some things never change!

Forest could do with making one alteration to the record books in their next outing, though, as they prepare to play host to Brentford once more.

A serious bogey side have become a pain in the proverbial.

Since facing off in the winter of 2006, there have been a further 10 meetings between the two teams.

Forest have emerged victorious in two – suffering seven defeats and taking in one draw.

Seven points from a possible 30.

Whipping boys

 

With no clean sheet secured since Cullip and Co showed how things should be done many moons ago.

How did they do it?

What was the secret?

Martin O’Neill could do with stumbling upon a similar formula as he seeks a spark to ignite his reign.

The answer may, however, lie in the fact that Brentford weren’t very good back in 2006.

In a season which saw Forest complete a league and Football League Trophy treble over the Bees, the men from Griffin Park finished rock-bottom of the third tier.

They are not whipping boys anymore.

The league table may show them to be five places and as any points behind the Reds, but they have not suffered a defeat of any kind since December 15.

Ten games across all competitions which have delivered six wins.

A testing challenge awaits, and one which will be faced with Carvalho, Cash and Costel rather than Cullip, Curtis and Clingan.