Nottingham Forest rediscovered their spark in style at home to Birmingham, but must now find a cure to their travel sickness.

The Reds put in a near faultless performance to down the Blues at the City Ground on Saturday.

Chances, which had been few and far between, were suddenly in plentiful supply.

Lewis Grabban helped himself to another goal, while Joe Lolley opened his account for 2019-20.

Sammy Ameobi caught the eye again, as did Sama Sow and the impressive Alfa Semedo.

All is rosy in the Forest garden on Trentside.

It is, however, when the Reds head out on the road that shoots of optimism begin to wilt.

Across their last 15 away games, just one victory has been collected.

That solitary success came at QPR in the penultimate game of last season.

Comforting

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And a Costel Pantilimon penalty save from Nahki Wells was required to get the job done that day!

Leaving the comforting surrounds of NG2 has been a problem for some time.

Prior to the aforementioned trip to Loftus Road, you have to turn the clock back to 24 November, 2018 to find the Reds’ next success on their travels.

That outing was quickly followed by the now fabled 5-5 draw at Aston Villa.

Forest, in contrast to where they currently stand, had suffered only one away defeat in 10 – with further points picked up at Derby and Norwich.

They have come unstuck in seven of their last 15.

The good thing about life in the Championship (if there is such a thing) is that you are never too far away from an opportunity to make amends for any prior misdemeanours.

Forest failed to get back in the winning habit on the road at Leeds.

They will try again when visiting Charlton on Wednesday.

Tests

 

With an extended stay in the capital then taking them to Fulham at the weekend.

Two tough tests, but ones which should be faced with confidence after the showing against Birmingham.

This is a new-look side working under a rookie manager in English football.

Baggage of the past should be weighing few down.

Now is a time to forget about what has gone before and focus on what is still to come.

History is a big thing at the City Ground – rightly so – but it shouldn’t hold things back.

Lamouchi’s side showed what they are capable of in their latest outing.

More of the same should be demanded from those on the field, in the dugout and the stands.

And if it is delivered, then travel pains will become a thing of the past and dreams of what could be can really start to be formed.