In what has been a comparatively poor 12 months for Nottingham Forest, Championship survival has still not been secured.
The Reds’ gap from Rotherham United in the highest relegation position was cut to seven at the weekend, with the Millers also possessing four games in hand.
Forest remain in 17th place and there are a number of clubs who find themselves in an even less desirable position, but only Derby County have picked up fewer points in the last six games than the Reds.
The international break will give Chris Hughton’s men a chance to recuperate and rectify recent mistakes, albeit a few key personnel will be away representing their country’s.
When breaking down the club’s last six games, their form can somewhat be justified by the opposition they have come across. Four of these game have come against teams in the top six, whilst one of the three points they have recently accumulated came against their East Midlands rivals Derby.
Perhaps the most disappointing performance and subsequent result came in their 1-0 loss to Luton Town.
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However, only the top two and Barnsley are in better form than the Hatters, who have seen their objective turn from survival to a top-half finish.
Forest should not be too disheartened with their struggles of late and they are also boosted by the fact that they only have one remaining game against opposition in the top ten.
Half of their last eight opponents are also within a relegation scrap, with Forest possessing a brilliant record against teams in the bottom ten, winning nine and losing just one game in those 14 matches.
The remaining three ties come against Stoke City, QPR and Bristol City, who all appear to have secured their Championship status for another year without threatening the play-offs either.
Statistically speaking, Forest find themselves in the best position out of any of the teams in the emerging relegation scrap.
They have a sizeable seven-point gap from 22nd place, possess the best goal difference in the bottom eight and have a favourable remaining fixture list in comparison to the rest of the clubs threatened by the Championship drop.
Relegation to League One could prove to be financially catastrophic for Nottingham Forest. As well as damaging their immediate future, it could have lasting effects too.