Nottingham Forest remain well in the hunt for promotion from the Sky Bet Championship with only nine games of the season left to play.
The Reds sit fifth in the league standings, finding themselves 10 points off the automatic promotion spots after a disappointing run of one win from their last six games.
But a top-six finish is still well on the cards for Sabri Lamouchi’s side, five points ahead of seventh-placed Bristol City with some big matches coming up.
Forest aren’t set to be back in action since the early stages of April due to the EFL’s suspension of matches, as the country continues to combat the spread of coronavirus.
It does promise to be an interesting end to the season for Forest though, and they will be hoping to end it by making a long-awaited return to the Premier League.
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Speaking exclusively with 888sport, former Forest midfielder Jonathan Greening – who made over 50 appearances across a three-year stay at the City Ground – has assessed their chances of promotion.
He said: “At the start of the season you probably wouldn’t have put Forest in the top six, or even eight. But I’ve watched them a few times this year and Lamouchi is doing a tremendous job. The players have a good team spirit and they’ve played really when I’ve seen them live.
“If you go into the play-offs though anything can happen. I’ve played in them myself and it’s really about who turns up on the day. Obviously Forest have got some really good attacking players and defensively they look solid. They’ve got Joe Worrall in there and he was coming through when I coached the under 21s. He’s done really well.
“They’ve also got some good experience with Watson in midfield. He’s been there and played important games. Attacking-wise they’ve got some creative players and Grabban can always nick you a goal.
“So if they can get through a two-legged semi then in the final they can beat anyone on their day, especially with the spine of the team having a good keeper; decent centre-half pairing; Watson in midfield; and a striker who can get you a goal. I think they’ve got a really good chance.”
With important clashes with Bristol City and Derby County fast approaching, Lamouchi will be urging his side to get back to winning ways and get back to their best ahead of the final run-in.
Forest haven’t been in the greatest of form of late, but this break could allow them to recharge their batteries and focus on getting back to their best.
With Derby creeping into contention of an unlikely top-six finish, and home games against Fulham and Bristol City coming up, these are must-win games.
The break could allow Tiago Silva and Samba Sow to return from the sidelines, and make a full recovery from injury.
Read the full 888sport interview with Jonathan Greening, including his thoughts on how Matty Cash will be a Premier League player next season, with or without Forest…