Christmas, New Year, Aitor Karanka and play-off dreams – things which have come and gone since Nottingham Forest last won away from home.

Back on November 24 at Hull City.

Some 137 days ago.

As the decorations went up in December, few could have predicted that the Reds would still be winless on their travels by the time Easter rolled around.

That, though, is now a distinct possibility.

Forest have two more chances to break their duck on the road before April 20 – both in Sheffield.

Wednesday will be faced on Tuesday (somehow that makes sense) and United on what is supposed to be ‘Good’ Friday.

Whether that proves to be the case remains to be seen.

As does the billing of Resurrection Sunday.

Will Forest have been brought back to life by the time we work our way through a hearty roast dinner and body weight in chocolate?


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Current form suggests not.

But, then again, the Reds have been the definition of consistently inconsistent for longer than many of us care to remember.

And it is that which means just about anything is possible over the coming days.

From Hillsborough to Bramall Lane with a quick trip back home to see the family against Blackburn, attempting to predict the outcome of the Reds’ next three is, to be quite honest, a pointless task.

Zero to nine points and anything in between – nothing would come as a surprise.

An away win, though, would be most welcome.

To have gone over four months without one helps to highlight why the Reds are where they are.

Being solid at home is a positive, but it will never be enough on its own.

Forest have found that out the hard way in recent years.



Travel sickness is, after all, not a new ailment.

It is one which continues to pose plenty of problems.

Martin O’Neill is yet to find a cure and is still waiting on his first success outside of Nottingham.

He has said in the Post: “There might be one or two changes to the team, who knows.

“We will have a look at that. But the bottom line is that we need to find a way to win a game of football away from home.”

The Reds boss has been unfortunate at times, with refereeing decisions costing him and Forest greater reward at West Brom, Preston and Ipswich, but excuses need to be avoided.

O’Neill has added: “It is very disappointing. Some of those matches you can go back to, in my time, when we might have got all three points. I am talking about West Brom and Preston.

“But until you go out there and do it; until you see a game through and are in front at the end of 90 minutes away from home, you will continue to talk about this situation.”

We will, he’s right.

Here’s hoping we have something else to talk about when the final whistle blows at Hillsborough.