Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton thinks he will have a much clearer idea of where his squad is following a difficult run, starting with Watford away.

Forest play Watford (third) on Saturday, then face Reading (fifth), Norwich City (top), Brentford (second) and Cardiff City (eighth) in their next five games.

However, while the run is certainly challenging, Hughton believes that it will highlight exactly where the club are in terms of strength and whether they have improved following a similar run earlier this season.

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“We have spoken a fair bit about a similar run that we went through earlier in the season,” Hughton said to the Nottingham Forest website.

“We played against the top six sides and some of our performances in those games were good, but we didn’t get the points to go with it.

“That is the difference between those in the higher positions, that they have the level of consistency and they can find ways to get the results.

“It will be a test for us, it will almost be a measure of where we are and if we have improved from that period of time.”

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The run in question saw Forest face AFC Bournemouth, Swansea City, Watford, Reading, Norwich and Brentford one after the other.


The Reds took just one point from that run – a 0-0 draw with Watford – but it was very early in the Hughton tenure.

Since then, Forest have improved significantly, losing just three of their past 16 games.

Hughton believes that the team has got better, but they can’t get complacent given their league position.

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PRESTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton is interviewed for SKY Sports after the match during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Nottingham Forest at Deepdale on January 2, 2021 in Preston, England. (Photo by Paul Greenwood – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“Our points total and form at the moment, taking Luton out of that which was a very disappointing result, show that we have improved as a team.

“The table shows that, but the table also shows that if we were to go on a bad run, then everyone is still fighting and there are a lot of points up for grabs.”

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