Following the end of the season at the weekend, Nottingham Forest are now preparing themselves for the play-offs this weekend.
Forest finished the season with a 1-1 draw away at Hull City. After breaking the deadlock in the 93rd minute through a penalty, Forest lost their lead in the 94th minute when Hull got their equaliser.
The results mean that Forest finished the league in fourth place and as a result will take on Sheffield United in the first stages of the play-offs.
They travel to Bramall Lane on Saturday before hosting the second leg the following Tuesday.
Steve Cooper has made exceptional progress with Nottingham Forest this year as he has taken them up the table but the boss is eager to keep going and has urged his team to give it all they’ve got.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “You don’t want any regrets, do you? For all of these teams in the play-offs, in all of the leagues, anything could happen – good, bad or indifferent.
“Whatever you do, you want to come away from it knowing you’ve done your best, you don’t have any regrets and you’ve tried to do it in the way you believe. We’ll be no different.
“Succeeding in life is about taking opportunity and seizing the moment. We’re no different. But we’re really excited, it’s great.”
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Reflecting on his side’s season, Cooper said: “We went through a spell of winning a land of games, picking up points and we couldn’t even get into the top ten. We were just floating around 13th or 14th. I was thinking, we don’t seem to be going anywhere here and you’re still looking down a bit.
“We kept going, broke into the top ten but couldn’t get any closer to sixth. There was one time where I was thinking maybe the gap is just too much to make up.
“We though we would get there, for a while now. Truth be told, we were looking up above, because that was possible as well.
“We gave automatic a really good go, with two games to go. By going for that, we secured a play-off place with three, maybe four, games to go – it was only mathematical. It is an unbelievable achievement, really, to do it with that many games to go.
“It’s been a brilliant campaign, there’s no doubt about that. But we go into the next phase even more motivated to do well.”
Steve Cooper has done a brilliant job with Nottingham Forest this year and the fact they have got to the play-offs is a massive achievement in itself.
However, the Forest boss is keen for his side to push on and reach further success and you can understand why when the momentum is so high.
A play-off game is not like the rest of the season so Forest will have to be preparing themselves for a big occasion against a side who have experienced promotion before and will know some of what it takes.
However, Cooper’s message to his players is the right one. They have to go and put it all out there leaving themselves with no regrets as that’s all they can do.