Well, what a shambles that was! Nottingham Forest simply don’t deserve to reach the play-offs if they can’t even beat rock-bottom Ipswich. It’s still possible, but their recent form has been so hit and miss that it’s looking far too much to ask.
Saturday’s game was the PERFECT way to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to fellow play-off challengers Aston Villa, but instead, they dropped two big points and could have lost the game if it wasn’t for an own goal before half-time.
A club the size of Forest should be challenging for promotion every season as a minimum expectation, and until the last month or so, Martin O’Neill and his squad would have been confident of claiming a play-off spot. Now, their form has dipped and teams like Villa have stepped up in their place.
Two losses, one draw and one win if far too inconsistent to be in with a shout for promotion at the end of the season. Their next two games are against Swansea and Rotherham, which are both winnable fixtures, and they’ll have to win both to get back on track with where to clubs feels it should be.
It’s tight between them in 11thand the play-off places, but there’s seven close-knit teams battling between them and 6th spot, meaning a slip up will mean at least one of those will capitalise on any points dropped. It’s not as if there’s only a couple of teams who can get lucky by slipping up at the same time as their rivals.
This Forest form isn’t good enough to take them into the play-offs, and they don’t deserve to be there. Indeed, they’re going to have to up their game after the international break or face a very boring end to the season.
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