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Don Goodman makes Nottingham Forest play-off claim ahead of club’s clash with Coventry

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Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman has admitted that he believes that Nottingham Forest will be one of the four teams who will qualify for the play-offs next month.

The Reds maintained their push for a top-six finish in the Championship last weekend by producing a superb performance in their showdown with Blackpool.

A brace from Brennan Johnson and a strike from Philip Zinckernagel in the first-half of this game effectively sealed victory for Forest at Bloomfield Road.

Sam Surridge added a fourth for Forest before Callum Connolly netted a late consolation for Blackpool.

As a result of this 4-1 victory, the Reds moved to within a point of Blackburn Rovers who currently occupy the final play-off spot.

Forest will climb above Blackburn in the league standings if they avoid defeat in their meeting with Coventry City at the City Ground tomorrow.

Having won four of their last five league games, the Reds will unquestionably be confident in their ability to secure a positive result in front of their supporters on Wednesday.

Ahead of this fixture, Goodman has shared his thoughts on Forest’s play-off hopes.

Speaking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports EFL Podcast about the Reds, Goodman said: “I would have them as one of my four and as you know on this podcast, I have been quite non-committal really because it’s so tight.

“But based on what I’ve seen, not just Saturday but actually I saw them at Bramall Lane and they were far and away better than Sheffield United in the cauldron of Bramall Lane and it took a last minute Ryan Yates equaliser but that’s how football can work, sometimes you don’t always get what you deserve.”

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Goodman later added: “You know, in Brennan Johnson they’ve got a potential superstar haven’t they really you know, his finishes [against Blackpool] were outstanding.

“He’s not on his own, the all-round team performance was excellent, other players are chipping in with the goals, I mean Sam Surridge has got three in his last five off the bench as well.

“So they really look a force.”

The Verdict

Although there are still a number of games left to play this season, Forest are seemingly peaking at the right time as they aim to book their place in the play-offs.

As a result of Steve Cooper’s guidance, the likes of Johnson, Ryan Yates and Djed Spence have all made considerable strides in terms of their development.

Spence has emerged as one of the best wing-backs in the Championship during the current campaign whilst Yates and Johnson have scored a combined total of 22 goals in all competitions.

Providing that Forest’s key players are able to step up to the mark tomorrow, they may prove to be too strong for Coventry at the City Ground.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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