Sabri Lamouchi has hailed the “fantastic mentality” shown by Nottingham Forest forward Lewis Grabban.
Grabban scored his fifth brace of the campaign to inspire Forest to a 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town at the City Ground on Sunday.
Nottingham Forest leapfrogged Fulham to climb into 4th place and have their eyes set on securing a return to the Premier League for the first time since 1998/99.
The 32-year-old has scored 19 goals in 38 appearances in the Championship. Only Brentford’s Ollie Watkins (23) and Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic (23) have scored more than Grabban (19) this term.
“He was, is and will be so important,” said Lamouchi.
“We have to keep going. He will score again, because we have a lot more games.
“He is very professional. He’s fit, he works hard and has a fantastic mentality.”
Grabban is on the cusp of breaking his previous record for most goals scored in a single season. He netted 22 goals in 44 appearances for AFC Bournemouth during the 2013/14 campaign before embarking on a nomadic phase of his career.
This included a two-year spell at Norwich City, a return to Bournemouth and loan stints at Reading, Sunderland and Aston Villa respectively.
He signed for Nottingham Forest on a four-year contract in June 2018 – marking his maiden season with 17 goals in 41 appearances across all competitions.
Forest will be looking to increase their lead over the following pack in the race for the play-offs.
They face crucial games against Bristol City, Derby County, Fulham, Preston North End and Swansea City respectively across their next five games.
Grabban will be looking to resume his rich vein of form during the business end of the season to help propel Forest back into the Premier League.