Lyle Taylor admits it’s “going to take work” for Nottingham Forest to be fighting for promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season.
It has been a mixed start to the season for Forest, whose season started with four straight league defeats to QPR, Barnsley, Huddersfield and Bristol City, ultimately leading to Sabri Lamouchi’s departure.
Under new manager Chris Hughton, though, Forest have improved. They have won three out of seven games under the 61-year-old’s tutelage, losing only once.
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Forest recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season shortly before heading into an international break, with three goals in two games from Taylor helping to secure those wins.
The Reds still sit 20th in the Championship table, and five of their next six games come against current top-six sides, with plenty of tough tests on the horizon.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Taylor has admitted that it will “take work” for Forest to be up there and fighting for promotion come the end of the season.
He said: “We want to be up there fighting. We have to do it. I can say we’re going to win the league, but unless we do it, it means nothing.
“It’s going to take work. It’s that simple. It’s nice for the opposition to say they expect us to be up there, but we have to put points on the board.”
Forest are a long way off promotion at the moment. Right now, it’s all about building confidence, gelling together and picking up results to help them move away from the relegation zone.
The Championship is a very open league, and if Forest can put a run together, there is no reason to suggest why they can’t be fighting for promotion.
They have the squad, they have the manager. Everything is in place for their season to still be a success.