Nottingham Forest forward Philip Zinckernagel has told Nottinghamshire Live that Steve Cooper has sent the squad a defiant message ahead of the final nine games.

The Reds sit just outside the play-off places and could go into the top-six with a win over Coventry at the City Ground this evening.

Forest thrashed Blackpool 4-1 at the weekend and in the process they flexed their promotion credentials, sending a message to their rivals.

Zinckernagel scored Forest’s first goal on Saturday taking his tally for the season to six. The 27-year-old has also registered nine assists during 2021/22.

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Now he says that the team will not be resting on the laurels of their recent good form and has explained what Cooper has said to the players.

The Dane told Nottinghamshire Live: “The manager has been talking about how these last games will go so quick, so it’s just important that we be in it.

“Enjoy it, but at the same time, we can’t start relaxing. Suddenly four or five games have gone and then maybe you’re out of the top six.

“The general message has been to stay focused in training, keep the level up and take it one game at a time, because it’s over much quicker than you think.

“It would be amazing to finish in the top-six, that’s the dream, that’s the goal for everyone.”

Zinckernagel claim should ensure Forest history doesn’t repeat itself

The end of the 2019/20 campaign is like something out of a horror movie. Forest not only needed to lose to Stoke but they also needed a five-goal swing between them and Cooper’s Swansea outfit. Of course, as we know, it happened!

Back then Sabri Lamouchi spoke about the play-offs and how it was important his squad was prepared to be at the end of season lottery for promotion. That won’t happen under Cooper.

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These comments from Zinckernagel are great. The Forest head coach will accept that nothing has been won just yet and that the Reds need to keep ticking the games off.

Forest now have a great chance and under Cooper’s stewardship, they might just go all the way.

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