There’s one young Nottingham Forest forward who may benefit from his side’s play-off hopes being all-but ended. 

Martin O’Neill’s side saw the gap between themselves and the play-offs widen to five points, after a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Rotherham United.

It was undoubtedly a blow at this crucial stage of the season, especially considering a number of other results went their way. They missed an opportunity to close the gap to two points.

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The Reds can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves, and at this stage, it’s a case of finishing as high as they can. O’Neill may be tempted to be a bit more experimental though, as he begins to look towards next season.

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This could be music to the ears of inexperienced youngster Arvin Appiah.

O’Neill has mainly utilised Joe Lolley, Matty Cash and Ben Osborn in wide areas. The form of Lolley in particular, has meant that he is practically undroppable.

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Having been branded as one of the most exciting teenage prospects in English football, Appiah was perhaps expected to feature a bit more for the Reds this season than he has done.

He has three appearances to his name, with two of these coming in the Championship. He is yet to start a game for the Reds. His latest appearance came against Rotherham as he replaced Saidy Janko in the second half.

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Appiah hadn’t been given a sniff under O’Neill before the weekend. He hadn’t been included in the matchday squad since 26 January.

If O’Neill is tempted to be a bit more experimental, then it surely puts Appiah firmly in contention for more first team action.

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