Derby County manager Frank Lampard has told Derbyshire Live that Nottingham Forest should be in the mix for a top-six finish.
Just two points separate the two fierce rivals, although Forest have played a game more than the Rams.
Martin O’Neill takes his side to Rotherham United tomorrow, whilst Lampard must prepare for a trip to Brentford.
The Derby boss says he is not surprised to see Forest challenging.
He told Derbyshire Live: “They should be in the mix with the squad they’ve got.
“They recruited heavily in the summer and I think they’ve got good players and should be in there.”
Lampard did concede that he wasn’t focused too much on what Forest are doing however and only has eyes for the prize.
He continued: “It does add spice locally but I am not too concerned with that one. I’m more concerned with what we do to try and get into those play-off spots.”
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It does seem somewhat odd that Lampard was quizzed about Forest when talking about his side’s top-six chances.
Not least as there are lots of other teams near Derby in the league who are in contention for the top-six too.
Lampard answered the questions with a relatively straight bat, although in mentioning Forest’s spend there is potentially a bit of reverse psychology.
Amid boardroom uncertainties at Pride Park, it seems to have masked the fact that Derby spent heavily in the summer too.
Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn were both signed for substantial sums of money, whilst high profile loans have arrived in the shape of Mason Mount and Harry Wilson.