Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates is a man on a mission and he’s told Nottinghamshire Live that not reaching the play-offs this season would leave him heartbroken.
The Reds drew 2-2 on Saturday with Stoke City. Forest did hold a lead but after Brice Samba was sent off for a moment of madness, it has to be viewed as a point gained.
Yates headed home a last-gasp equaliser. It ensured a pretty sound week for Forest who finished Saturday’s game with Joe Worrall playing in goal.
The 24-year-old midfielder does come in for some stick from the fan base. He has been brilliant since Cooper took over though; although he was dropped to the bench for Saturday.
Forest edged into the top-six for the first time this season after beating Blackburn in midweek. After Saturday’s draw, Cooper’s men are seventh in the table and remain firmly in the mix.
Yates believes Forest have to shoot for the stars with the play-offs seemingly the bare minimum in his eyes.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “We’ve achieved nothing. For me, we have to get in the play-offs this season – the team we’ve got, the players, the loan players who have come in and been fantastic.
“There’s such a good atmosphere here, it would be disappointing if we didn’t.
“Since the gaffer came in, we’ve been right at the top of the form table. To miss out would be absolutely devastating.”
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These comments from Yates will naturally ring true in the eyes of supporters. Despite a poor start to the season, it would now be a real shame if the Reds missed out on the play-offs.
Of course, there are still plenty of games left. Indeed, given the tight nature of the division, there seems certain to be plenty of twists and turns.
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Forest do have a group of players hellbent on success these days. Under Cooper, the team has a go in every single game and that is something that has delighted the fan base.
Yates won’t have enjoyed sitting on the bench for most of Saturday’s game. He will have welcomed a simple header to earn Forest a point though and the challenge now is for him to score more goals.
It’s perhaps exciting that Forest players are discussing making the play-offs and certainly represents a welcome change from fighting relegation last season.