The Carabao Cup is hardly a top priority for Nottingham Forest, but a meeting with Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town has taken on added importance.
That is because winning is a useful habit to get into.
And the Reds are yet to experience that rush in 2019-20.
We are, admittedly, only two games into the campaign, but there is an obvious desire to get off the mark as soon as possible.
Tuesday presents the next opportunity.
Against lower league opposition.
Summer signing Carl Jenkinson has said in the Nottingham Post: “Football is all about momentum; you start a run of games and you build momentum, you build the belief and everything else which comes from winning games.
“Football is all about momentum, for sure. You get the ball rolling and it just snowballs.
“We as a team need to get winning as soon as possible.”
Forest can set a summer snowball in motion on home soil.
A cup clash with Fleetwood will be followed by a Championship clash with Birmingham.
If the Reds are still winless by the time they next head out on the road, then concern will be building.
There is only so long that the ‘early doors’ argument can be delivered.
Dye is often cast in the opening weeks of the season.
That trend can be bucked – sides that stumble of the blocks before surging towards the finishing post – but they are the exception rather than the norm.
Success is, on the whole, achieved through consistency and stability.
Qualities Forest have sadly lacked in recent years.
A clean slate has been offered.
One point has been collected from six so far, with there obvious room for improvement.
Victory over Fleetwood would do nothing for top-six aspirations, but would be a step in the right direction.
A first step onto the ladder would be taken, with forward momentum established.
Sabri Lamouchi would get his first win as Reds boss, allowing a monkey to be shaken from his back.
And, in an added bonus, Barton would be sent packing with his tail between his legs.
Forest may not be setting their sights on a fifth League Cup triumph – with that prize one of Brian Clough’s favourites – but a springboard can be found.
One win, into round two before three points against Birmingham.
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