Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash believes that the Reds have to remain positive about their play-off chances.
That was the message from the 21-year-old when he spoke to the club’s official site earlier this week.
The Reds certainly haven’t been at their best in recent weeks, but they remain just three points off the play-offs. There’s no doubt that they are underdogs to gatecrash the top six, but Cash believes there are plenty of reasons to be positive.
He said: “It is all to play for. There will be teams that go on a run and teams that don’t go on a run, but we just have to focus on ourselves and pick up as many points as we can.
“We have seven games left and you can look at games against Middlesbrough near the top and Rotherham down the bottom and you can’t say that you will win one game or the other.”
Considering how the Reds have fared in recent seasons, it’s difficult to understand why the club isn’t buzzing at present. A chance of still making the play-offs at this stage would’ve been a distant dream over the last few years.
However, a number of supporters are unconvinced by the style Martin O’Neill is implementing at the City Ground. This had never been more evident than last weekend.
The Reds scored two goals in seven minutes to come from behind to beat Swansea City and secure a valuable three points. But the performance was far from convincing, with both goals coming from set pieces.
Cash believes that picking up points at this stage of the season is far more important than performances.
He said: “There will obviously be people out there who are negative and don’t think we will do it, but we are the ones who can make it happen and the fans are the ones who will help us along the way.
“People are saying negative things about our performances but we are picking up points and that is all that you need to do.”