Roberto De Zerbi awaits the goals from Brighton

Roberto De Zerbi says his side attack and defend as a team.

That’s pretty normal for any manager when talking about their team.

With good reason – it is mostly very true.

So De Zerbi didn’t want to focus on the strikers when asked about two games without a goal coming from Nottingham Forest tonight.

We understand that. As reporters who’ve followed Albion for the past few years, we’ve gotten used to asking for missed goals to reward good football.

As readers and fans, you are used to the answers.

With a total of 35 shots, including 11 on target, in the games against Tottenham and Brentford, the chances were there.

But, De Zerbi was asked, how do you translate that into goals?

The Albion head coach said: “I’m happy with my strikers.

“I don’t want to talk about a striker not scoring.

“I think there are 11 players who have to attack and defend.

“We win and we lose because of everyone.

“We’re sorry because we only got one point in three games and that’s not right.

“It’s not fair but we have a chance to win tomorrow and I don’t want to think too much about the last game.

“It’s another game and that’s what we need to focus on.”

“I’d rather win. The result isn’t that important, but every team has different qualities and different qualities.”

Sasuolo was a top scorer under De Zerbi but the challenge at Albion is different.

He added: “There were a lot of players in Sassuolo who knew how to score goals very well. Here it is different.

“There are many players who like to play, who like to attack, but there is no player who has scored 20 goals in the past. At Sassuolo, for example, there was Caputo or Berardi. Every year before me and after me they scored the same goals achieved.

“Here we have to find the gates in a different way.”

Forest’s defence, built around Hastings boy and ex-Albion player Steve Cook, was pretty solid on Saturday.

It took a penalty to beat them at Molineux – but wolves aren’t exactly the most feared attacking force in the Prem.

They had a modest nine shots, two of them on target, despite having 58% possession.

De Zerbi will have an idea how to worry them, but he declined to elaborate when he faced the media first thing yesterday morning.

He said: “I’m just thinking about my team.

“I don’t want to think about teams or other coaches or other things.

“I need to understand the best first starting XI for tomorrow.

“I have some ideas and I have to make a decision today in the last practice session before the game.”

Albion had 38 touches in the Brentford box on Friday.

Eight of their players have created at least two chances, according to The Other 14, which tracks Prem clubs other than the Big Six.

So the stats are promising – or maddening.

It’s harder to quantify, but fans have noticed how David Raya and Nick Pope have both excelled against Albion this season.

The irony, of course, is that De Zerbi came expecting goals, goals, goals.

Albion then scored twice in his first 20 minutes at Anfield but only one followed.

There are many indications that the record will improve.

It remains to be seen who will change it.

If De Zerbi has been looking elsewhere for ideas or inspiration in the meantime, there are many potential sources.

Since his team played on Friday, he had a little more time at the weekend.

It was spent watching a number of games on TV.

He said: “I don’t like movies, I just love football.

“If you lose the game at the weekend, the day after is never very nice, but I watched a lot of games on Saturday and Sunday, the Premier League, the Italian league and the Ukrainian league.”

His own team has been a sight to behold this season – under their two head coaches.

But a few goals to replay wouldn’t hurt. Roberto De Zerbi awaits the goals from Brighton

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