Steve Cotterill’s honeymoon period at Nottingham Forest didn’t last very long. Inheriting an imbalanced squad left to him by Steve McClaren and, to some extent, Billy Davies, he managed to chalk up four wins in his first six games before going seven games without a goal. Results and performances have improved in recent weeks as he dragged the club out of the relegation zone, taking the pressure off himself as calls for his sacking recede — for the time being at least. Here’s a look at why Forest have improved in recent weeks: Loan players The return of Marlon Harewood on a short-term contract, after a spell in China, hasn’t exactly proved to be the homecoming he, or anybody, wanted. And fans scoffed as Cotterill added three defenders on loan during the transfer window as Wes Morgan left for Leicester City. But, in addition to Adlene Guedioura, the squad has looked far more balanced with Danny Higginbotham, George Elokobi and […]