In sharp contrast, Bristol City have recorded three successive victories, as well as keeping clean sheets in their most recent two outings.
Ahead of the beginning of the season, more people were tipping Forest to challenge for a playoff spot than a Bristol City outfit who were under new management.
However, the tide has changed at both clubs, with Forest already at risk of having a mountain to climb in order to compete for promotion to the Premier League.
The disappointment of losing their top-six spot against all the odds back in July is continuing to hinder Sabri Lamouchi and his side, who are showing no signs of getting back on track.
To some degree, the pressure is off this weekend with Bristol City having prevailed in meetings against Coventry City, Stoke City and Sheffield Wednesday.
A trend has emerged where Bristol City are scoring many of their goals in the final 10 minutes of games, a sign that their fitness and game management has been far better than their opponents.
Should that continue over the coming weeks and months, there is every chance that the Robins can become a force throughout this season, rather than just in fits and starts like they were under Johnson.
Nottingham Forest Championship form: LLL
Nottingham Forest form (all competitions): LLLL
Bristol City Championship form: WWW
Bristol City form (all competitions): WWWWLW
Joe Lolley could also be drafted back into the side as Lamouchi searches for ways to finally get on the scoresheet.
Barring any late fitness issues, Holden is likely to name the same lineup which began the win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Samba; Christie, Soh, McKenna, Blackett; Sow, Colback, Arter; Lolley, Grabban, Ameobi
Bristol City possible starting lineup:
Bentley; Vyner, Moore, Mawson; Hunt, Paterson, Bakinson, Weimann, Rowe; Wells, Martin
We say: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Bristol City
Lamouchi knows that he is fighting for his job at the City Ground, and that may lead to his players responding to a team talk which he knows could make or break his prospects going forward. However, Bristol City have been efficient this season, and we expect more of the same from the Robins at the weekend.