Mark Crossley has heaped praise on Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper and believes the club could realise their promotion dream this season.

The Reds are a couple of points behind Middlesbrough who sit in sixth and have a game in hand on Huddersfield in fifth.

Forest have done remarkably well to recover from one point during their opening seven games; with Cooper the man with an apparent magic wand.

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Crossley played in some glorious Forest teams that scaled dizzy heights in the Premier League and reached cup finals.

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These days, things are more barren but the former fan favourite goalkeeper believes the club is in good hands under Cooper’s guidance.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “He can get them up. They’ve got the momentum at the moment.

“What I like about Steve is the way he’s got the team playing. The way he integrates the crowd; they’re on board as well.

“I think Forest can at least go up through the play-offs. There will be a few blips along the way but it’s the way that the team has bounced back that has been impressive for me.

“I think they’ll definitely get play-offs and who knows, it could be automatic.”

Forest on the right track under Cooper

It’s fair to say that the feel-good factor is firmly back on Trentside at the moment.

After years in the wilderness that is the Championship, there is now optimism that something special is brewing at the City Ground.

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Crossley is clearly in confident spirits but the Reds must stay focused and continue their fine run of form.

Even if Forest don’t manage to secure a play-off place this season, there is now a firm belief that next season can see another challenge mounted.

Under Cooper the Reds can go far and long may this current run of form continue.

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