David Johnson made a defiant Nottingham Forest claim after the Reds were beaten 1-0 by Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

The result means that the Reds can no longer win automatic promotion and they’ll now enter the lottery of the play-offs.

Forest’s former striker was in attendance on the south coast last night. He was once again a keen spectator as Brennan Johnson tried to produce the goods for the Reds.

Johnson makes defiant Forest claim
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Johnson wasn’t at his best last night. As the game went on he grew frustrated with some bizarre refereeing decisions that went against him.

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It’s been a season to remember for the 20-year-old, however. He has scored 16 goals and claimed 10 assists in all competitions.

Johnson senior has been there with his son every step of the way and he’s proved to be Forest’s biggest supporter at games this season.

The Reds will now gear up for the play-offs. Steve Cooper’s men will go to Hull on Saturday and after that, they will know who they face.

Middlesbrough would perhaps provide the biggest disappointment as that would mean Djed Spence sitting out of the two semi-final clashes.

Johnson makes a defiant Forest claim and the team must refocus

The Reds will be disappointed. Today will probably see Cooper give his squad the day off but tomorrow it will be all systems go in preparation for the play-offs.

Forest will need to regroup but all is not lost. The Reds have secured a play-off place with little fuss and from a position that looked impossible a few months ago.

Johnson spoke of his pride after last night’s game. He was happy with the support the team received and his message was an emotional one.

The challenge for Forest now is to part this performance and go again over the next couple of weeks.

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