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Scott McKenna outlines changing Nottingham Forest aims under Steve Cooper

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Defender Scott McKenna says Nottingham Forest must be aiming to reach the Championship play-offs this season, following their upturn in form under Steve Cooper.

Forest were sat bottom of the Championship table with just one point from seven league games when Chris Hughton was sacked by the club and replaced with Cooper back in mid-September.

Since Cooper’s arrival however, things have certainly improved for Forest on the pitch, by some considerable margin.

The club have won five and lost just once in seven games since Cooper was named manager, a run that has seen them climb 15th in the second-tier standings, four points adrift of the play-offs.

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Now it seems that that change in fortunes, means McKenna believes a top six spot is just what Forest should be looking towards in the remainder of this season.

Speaking about the club’s aims over the coming months, the centre back told Nottinghamshire Live: “I think the targets probably have changed. But it is still about being realistic.

“We had a few wins in a row, and we just need to try to keep it going. We can’t get too carried away, but at the same time, we’re enjoying it and we need to try to keep the momentum.

“The aims probably have changed from where we were five or six weeks ago. But it’s about keeping a lid on it, being realistic, and focusing on the work and the games ahead of us.

“We touched on it when the manager first came in, but since then we’ve not really discussed what the aim is for the season. Of course everyone just wants to be as successful as possible.

“When you see how close we are to the play-offs right now, it has to be our aim to close on the teams which are there.”

McKenna and Forest are next in action on Friday night, when they make the trip to The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium to face QPR.

The Verdict

It does feel as though McKenna’s claim here about Forest targeting a play-off spot is justified.

With 16 points from seven league games since Cooper was announced as the club’s new manager, they are certainly in the sort of form you would expect from a top six side at the very least.

There is of course, also easily more than enough time for them to overhaul the four point deficit they have to the top six spots, with more than two-thirds of the season still to be played.

As a result, you feel Forest have every chance of securing a shot at promotion via the play-offs this season if they can maintain this form, something they admittedly have not always been able to do in the past.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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