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Forest came close to gaining automatic promotion to the Premier League but a 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth on Tuesday meant it was the Cherries who gained the automatic spot.
Despite not needing to win this weekend, you can imagine Forest will be looking to bounce back with a win.
With that in mind, we asked FLW’s Nottingham Forest fan pundit Des Oldham how he feels as we approach the play-offs and he said: “Since Steve Cooper came to Forest, the climb up the table has been meteoric.
“Despite losing to Bournemouth, I’m extremely confident that we can get promoted via the end of the season play-offs. Whoever we face as opposition, I believe we are the stronger team and the stronger squad to cope with whatever they throw at us and when we have suffered a bad result this season, we’ve come back strong, determined and gone on another winning streak to put it behind us.
“Hopefully this will be the case again, if we get a winning run it will take us to the Premier League and also the fact that we’ve beaten Premier League opposition, we’ve had huge games against local rivals, against Liverpool, it’s all great experience for the lads to take it into these must win games.”
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Nottingham Forest have had a brilliant season this year and go into the play-offs with a great chance of succeeding and reaching Premier League football.
As Des says though, Steve Cooper’s side have shown this season that they can do well against Premier League opposition and these types of games will have prepared the team for the feeling of such a big game.
This weekend they face Hull City who have nothing to play for so Cooper will no doubt be encouraging his team to be going out and getting a result that can give them some momentum to take into the play-offs.
Their final games this season will no doubt be tough and their biggest test so far but if they can keep their composure, they have a brilliant chance of succeeding.