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Bruiser can help Forest to promotion

Nottingham Forest FanZoner Dan Mounser welcomes the club's return to form and crosses his fingers for the arrival of a midfield bruiser.

After hours of planning, pinpoint control and some good old fashioned luck, the relief and pure joy shown by workers at the European Space Agency following Rosetta's Philae probe clinging on to Comet 67P was clear for all to see.

It may not have been quite as historical, but similar relief, joy and ecstasy were shown just four days earlier at the City Ground after the Reds' late, great 2-1 victory over Norwich City finally ended a ten-game winless run.

It felt like a huge weight had been lifted off every one of those players, supporters and management staff at the final whistle, and the chants of 'Psycho' will live long in the memory.

This was then followed up after the international break by a convincing and confident 3-0 away win at Wolves. Suddenly, Forest's mission seems to be back on its original orbit again.

Despite the aforementioned lack of form, Forest are still only four points off an automatic promotion place in the Championship. It certainly emphasises what a good start we made and also how easy it can be to climb and indeed fall in this division. It's crazy to think that you can go on an 11-game unbeaten run and then suffer 10 matches without a single victory.

Consistency is always the key in this league, and if we can find some of that, I still think we will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.

We have such a talented bunch of lads who would walk into a number of sides in the Championship, none more so than Henri Lansbury.

I lose track of the amount of times I hear people say: "when he plays well, Forest play well," but it's hard to argue that point. He certainly looked like he was back to his best at Molineux, and long may that continue against Birmingham and beyond.

With rumours of a potential transfer embargo on the horizon in two weeks' time, it will be interesting to see if the loan market is utilised again this week. Stuart Pearce has already mentioned there could be one new arrival to give us a little more cover for the likes of the injured Cohen, Reid and Hobbs.

One type of player I'd like to come into this squad is what I like to call 'a bruiser'. Someone who can sit in front of the back four and get stuck in. Someone who has a real physical presence and ideally someone with leadership qualities.

This would free up the likes of Antonio, Burke, Lansbury, Osborn, Ince, Paterson or whoever gets the nod in the midfield areas to push on and express themselves without having to worry as much defensively.

If you can imagine morphing Paul McKenna into Guy Moussi's body then you'd have an idea of where I'm coming from. I'm not sure who is available in this mould but I believe it would add an extra dimension to the squad. Also, with the average age of the team lining up against Wolves being 24.7, it would hopefully also add some more experience and extra leadership.

After a bouncy ride, Philae landed away from its intended position but ultimately completed its mission. Hopefully Forest have now had their bumpy patch and can complete their own mission come May.

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  • Bruiser can help Forest to promotion


  • Nottingham Forest FanZoner Dan Mounser welcomes the club's return to form and crosses his fingers for the arrival of a midfield bruiser.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Stuart Pearce hoping to strengthen Nottingham Forest squad


  • Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce hopes to make a loan signing this week.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Second-half goals give Nottingham Forest victory at Wolves


  • Britt Assombalonga's 11th goal of the season helped Nottingham Forest to send Wolves crashing to a 3-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat at Molineux.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Stuart Pearce heaps praise on Nottingham Forest after win at Wolves


  • Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce hailed his players for the way that they have kick-started their season after a clinical display against Wolves put their promotion hopes back on course.

  • Transfer news: Nottingham Forest's Dexter Blackstock rejects Sheffield United loan move


  • Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock has turned down a loan move to Sheffield United.

  • Transfer news: Birmingham City sign midfielder Guy Moussi on a two-month deal


  • Birmingham City have signed Guy Moussi on a two-month deal - with the defensive midfielder playing for free.

  • Transfer news: Roger Riera tipped to prosper at Nottingham Forest


  • Nottingham Forest beat Espanyol to Roger Riera's signature over the summer and are expecting the youngster to flourish.

  • Championship: Michail Antonio earns Nottingham Forest a 2-1 win over Norwich


  • Two goals in the last five minutes from the deadly duo of Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio helped Nottingham Forest end their torrid run of form in the Championship with a 2-1 win over Norwich.

  • Championship: Stuart Pearce thanks fans after Nottingham Forest's win over Norwich


  • Stuart Pearce thanked the Nottingham Forest fans for the part they played in 'driving' the Reds to a dramatic - and vital - 2-1 Championship victory over Norwich City.

  • McLaughlin extends Notts stay


  • Stephen McLaughlin has extended his loan deal with Notts County until the end of December.

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