Nottingham Forest face Hull City this weekend in a must-win game if they still have aspirations of reaching the Championship play-offs. 

The Reds have shown on more than one occasion that they are good enough to make the play-offs. However, there has been one major issue which has prevented them from being much higher in the table. Consistency.

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Under the management of Aitor Karanka and Martin O’Neill, the underlying problem has remained the same. The Reds struggle to produce good performances on a regular basis.

This is the main reason why they’ve only secured back-to-back victories once all season.

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This lack of consistency hasn’t been more evident than it was last week. The Reds began the week with a moral boosting win over fierce rivals Derby County, before producing a flat performance in the defeat against Stoke City just days later.

It’s an extremely frustrating trait for everyone connected with the club. If it doesn’t change quickly, then the Reds are going to run out of games to get themselves into the top six before the end of the season.

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Play ‘every match’ like it’s against Derby

Forest legend Kenny Burns has recently spoken in the Nottingham Post about the lack of consistency. He believes that the Reds need to go into every game with the same attitude that they had against Derby last week.

He said: “Nottingham Forest are not out of the play-off race yet. It’s going to be tough, but top six is still possible. It won’t happen unless we find some consistency though.

“Everyone hoped – and maybe expected – we would kick on after beating Derby County last Monday night.

“We brought Derby to their knees in that game. But it wasn’t the same level of performance against Stoke City.

“Every single player played ever so well at the City Ground, but that wasn’t the case on Saturday. We need to play every game like it’s a derby.”

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If the Reds are to find some consistency, it isn’t going to be an easy task. They face Hull at the City Ground on Saturday who have play-off aspirations themselves.

Nigel Adkins has done a great job at the KCOM Stadium, despite a number of off-the-field issues. The Tigers won back-to-back home games against Millwall and Birmingham City last week to put themselves level on points with Forest.

Despite this, Burns still believes that the Reds’ upcoming run of fixtures provide a good opportunity to close the four point gap between themselves and the play-offs.

He said: “The next five or six games are all definitely winnable.

“But having said that, there are no easy games in this league and they are all going to be hard teams to come up against.

“Hull have come on a lot since the start of the season. They will make it tough for us this Saturday.”

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