Former Nottingham Forest midfielder David Prutton has told the Sky Sports EFL podcast that the race for second place in the Championship is on.

Forest are six points behind the Cherries and still have to play Scott Parker’s team at the Vitality Stadium before the season is out.

The Reds are currently on a run of five straight victories and naturally, the club’s ardent fan base are daring to dream of a Premier League return.

Forest have a tricky Easter period. They travel to Luton on Good Friday before facing West Brom at the City Ground on Monday evening.

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Prutton thinks that the situation is still wide open and says that Forest can not be discounted from the intriguing race for second.

He told the Sky Sports EFL podcast: “It could be an amazing game that one. Bournemouth should get it done but you can’t underestimate what Forest have done under Steve (Cooper).

“The second spot is still wide open, for me.”

Forest have even surprised their own supporters of late. A late Ryan Yates goal to salvage a draw at Sheffield United has given the Reds a catalyst for this run.

After a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool in the FA Cup, some feared that Forest’s heads might drop. Instead, they’ve come back from the international break and won all three games they’ve played.

Prutton is right and Forest must stay focused

All Forest can do is keep ticking the games off one by one and hope that it’s enough. The second spot is arguably Bournemouth’s to throw away and they do have a brilliant squad.

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What Cooper has achieved already is remarkable. He’s taken the team from rock bottom to fourth place in just eight months and that should be lauded.

Being the man he is, however, he will see that nothing has been achieved yet. Progress, fine but until Forest are celebrating promotion his remit remains the same.

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