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Sky Sports pundit delivers verdict on Nottingham Forest’s chances of achieving a top-six finish

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Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe has admitted that he believes that Nottingham Forest could potentially emerge as contenders for a top-six finish in the Championship this season.

Following a woeful start to the campaign which led to Chris Hughton’s dismissal, the Reds have managed to show some real signs of promise in recent weeks under the guidance of their new manager Steve Cooper.

In the last seven games, Forest have managed to accumulate 14 points in the second-tier.

Although the Reds are currently 18th in the Championship standings, they are only six points adrift of the play-off places.

Considering that there is plenty of football to be played this season, Cooper will be hoping to help his side reach new heights in the second-tier in the not too distant future.

After fighting to back to seal a draw in their showdown with Queens Park Rangers last week, Forest will now be looking to deliver a positive performance against Sheffield United this evening at the City Ground.

Ahead of this particular clash, Hinchcliffe has revealed that he believes that the Reds have a good chance of securing a play-off place during the current campaign.

Speaking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports EFL Podcast, Hinchcliffe said: “I know Steve very well, I spoke to him many times when he was at Swansea, we know what a quality coach he is but I was not sure how it was going to go at Forest.

“I didn’t see this happening I have to say, I think it is very difficult situation with an amalgamation of players there from different coaches but again, he’s changed the formation to a back-three and they have played that every single game.

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“But it’s this mentality, you have to have it at every level of football, certainly in the Championship.

“You have a formation that works, you can have a good squad but again, you’re losing against Bristol City and you come back and win the game, you’re losing against QPR and you get a point out of the game.

“That mentality will serve them really well and if this carries on, there is a very, very good chance that they could climb into the top-six and it is all down to Steve and the incredible job he’s done there.” 

The Verdict

Cooper has managed to make an extremely promising start to his spell in charge of Forest and thus it wouldn’t be at all surprising if his side do indeed emerge as contenders for a top-six finish next year proving that they deliver the goods on a consistent basis at this level.

Currently excelling in a 3-4-1-2 formation which can be tweaked to a 3-4-3 set up, the Reds will fancy their chances of moving up the Championship table in the coming months.

Set to face a Blades side tonight who have only managed to keep three clean-sheets in the second-tier this season, Forest may be able to seal all three points in this showdown by taking the game to their opponents who could crumble under pressure.

If the Reds do indeed secure a victory in this clash, they could use the confidence gained from this result to push on in the Championship.

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Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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