Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe has claimed that he thinks Nottingham Forest could miss out on the Championship play-offs this season.
The Reds went into the top-six last week with a 2-0 win over Blackburn. Their stay among the pacesetters was short-lived though after a 2-2 draw with Stoke saw them slip out.
Forest have been ticking along just nicely under Steve Cooper. Only Fulham have won more points in the 24 games since he took charge of the Reds.
Chris Hughton oversaw one draw and six losses to start the season and that saw him sacked by the club.
Hinchcliffe isn’t really convinced by Forest and has backed them to just miss out on the play-off places during 2021/22.
He told the Sky Sports EFL podcast: “As for Forest, no, I just think that they might finish just outside the play-off places.”
Forest are two points behind Middlesbrough who occupy sixth place in the Championship table. They do also have a game in hand on Huddersfield who are in fifth place.
The Reds have been playing catch up since Hughton departed and whatever happens this season, Forest look to be in good hands.
Hinchcliffe comment should give Forest motivation
Listen to the former Everton left-back analyse a Forest man and any praise for the Reds is always seemingly through gritted teeth.
Whether all those years of not playing for England at the expense of Stuart Pearce have made him hate Forest really does remain to be seen.
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As a result, it’s no surprise that he doesn’t fancy Forest. Several other pundits will fancy the Reds to miss out and that should serve as motivation for Cooper’s men.
Forest do have work to do. Given they’ve given the league a seven-game start this season, they could fall short come May.
Cooper will want to end the season with a flourish though and if they do, who knows where the Reds could finish.