Well this doesn’t make particularly great reading does it?
Just a few days before we get our season underway and it seems as of Nottingham Forest have got some doubters as to just how far we can go this season.
In an interview with Nottingham Live, Alan McInally was asked who he felt would make the top six come the end of the season, and seemed to think that Nottingham Forest will go through a pretty sharp decline in the coming weeks, as he didn’t mention us in his prediction for the top six.
“I’m going to go for Fulham in the play-offs, Brentford, who are a good football team to definitely be in the play-offs. And then I’m going to go for Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End to get in the play-offs.”
Forest very much hold their fate in their own hands right now, having a five-point gap and a +12 goal differential on 7th placed Bristol City, effectively meaning they’re six points ahead in realistic terms.
Will we finish in the playoffs this season?
However, McInally’s doubts aren’t totally misplaced when you think about it though. Forest have been a relatively inconsistent team this season, best exemplified by some of the winning and winless streaks they have gone on during the season, so it really is going to be a case of whether or not the restart of the season gets them when they’re on a good run or on a bad run.
I think that a gap of five (really six) points is enough of a cushion that so long as things don’t go too disastrous for us, things will be fine. As this graphic from Experimental361 shows we’ve got to face a lot of teams that still have something to play for, so we’re going to need to be at our best throughout it all.
What about you? Are you concerned that we might not make the playoffs come the end of the season?