Nottingham Forest haven’t managed to finish in the Championship play-off positions for over eight years. 

The Reds last finished in the play-offs in the 2010/11 campaign, in which they lost out to Swansea City in the semi-finals.

However, it was the year before in which the Reds arguably had the best chance of winning promotion. Under the management of Billy Davies, the Reds had finished third in the league, and faced Blackpool in the play-off semi-finals.

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In this case, it wasn’t to be for the Reds as the Tangerines got the better of them over the two legs. Ian Holloway’s side won 2-1 at Bloomfield Road, before they also won 4-3 in a dramatic second leg at the City Ground.

Speaking on the Official EFL Podcast earlier this summer, former Blackpool forward Gary Taylor-Fletcher provided an interesting insight into Billy Davies’ actions surrounding the fixtures.

The two sides met before the end of the regular season, with Davies making a number of changes to rest his key players for the play-offs. Taylor-Fletcher revealed what was said at full-time.

 

He said: “We beat them 3-1 and I remember after the game we were coming in and he was stood in the tunnel rubbing his hands. He was like, ‘job done for me’.

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Motivation

Davies clearly hadn’t learnt from his mistake, as Taylor-Fletcher said that he came out with the same remarks after the first leg in the play-offs.

He added: “We had them at home in the first leg and beat them 2-1. Again, I don’t know what he was thinking but he was stood in the tunnel, shaking our hands, saying, ‘job done, you’re not scoring at our place, we’re going to turn you over’.

“The second game, all we had all over the wall was pictures of Billy Davies and all of the quotes he’d said.”

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Had Davies kept quiet, the Reds could well have been in the Premier League still now. The Tangerines wouldn’t have had the same motivation, and the Reds may have been able to get the chance to play Cardiff City at Wembley.

Sabri Lamouchi will be hoping that the Reds can finish in the play-offs this season. It would be a significant achievement considering it hasn’t been achieved since 2011.

The Frenchman has made a good start as manager at the City Ground. His side currently sit just one point outside the play-offs after a tough start to the season.

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