Darren Huckerby has issued a rallying cry to Nottingham Forest after a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth ended their automatic promotion ambitions.

The Reds went down to a Kieffer Moore goal with seven minutes from time and must now enter the play-offs.

Steve Cooper’s men were second best throughout the second half, with the Cherries forcing his team into too many long balls forward.

Huckerby was a keen spectator last night. He grew up in Nottingham and actually spent some time on loan at Forest during his career.

Huckerby issues rallying cry
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The former talisman helped the Reds into the play-offs during the 2002/03 campaign where Forest lost to Sheffield United.

Huckerby took to Twitter after the game, calling on Forest to keep the faith ahead of the play-off campaign on the horizon.

He’s right when he says that it’s still all to play for too. The Reds shouldn’t be too despondent and automatic promotion was always a long shot, to say the least.

Forest have to play Hull on Saturday and at that point, it will be clear who the Reds will meet in the play-offs in a week or so.

Huckerby issues a rally cry and he didn’t like one aspect of Forest performance

The Reds were perhaps unlucky last night. They were denied a penalty following an incorrect offside and also hit the bar in the first half. Ultimately, they weren’t good enough in the second 45 to trouble the Cherries.

Huckerby felt the goal was preventable. He called it ‘awful defending’ and felt the Reds should have done better. Truthfully, he probably had a point!

It wasn’t to be though and Forest must now gear themselves up the lottery of the play-offs.

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