Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill has admitted that it will be a “huge task” for his side to finish in the Sky Bet Championship play-off spots this season, speaking after a 2-1 defeat to Rotherham United.
The Reds were unable to pick up their first away since November on Saturday, as goals from Michael Smith and Michael Ihiekwe secured an invaluable win for Paul Warne’s men at the bottom end of the table.
The result leaves the Reds’ play-off hopes severely in doubt, with the club now sitting five points off the top six with just six games left to play this season.
Patience is running thin amongst the City Ground faithful with plenty of fans venting their anger at O’Neill post-match, and speaking to the Nottingham Post about his side’s play-off chances this term, the Irishman offered a fair assessment.
He said: “It leaves us with a big task. We always had a big task, but I told you that a loss at this time of the year would be a set-back.”
“This was a set-back to us and we have to try to rectify that in a few days – I have loads of confidence that we can do that.”
Having failed to build on last Saturday’s 2-1 win over Swansea City, Forest have won back-to-back league games just once all season, and will need to find some consistency if they are to secure a now unlikely top six finish.
O’Neill’s men occupy 9th spot in the league standings, and travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.
It was yet another disappointing afternoon for O’Neill’s men, and questions simply have to be asked of the Irishman now.
His tactics seem outdated, his team selections never fail to raise eyebrows, and I just can’t see him being the man to take Forest forward.
Do the club regret freezing out Aitor Karanka? I reckon they now do.