Steve Cooper wants Nottingham Forest to take heart from their recent good form despite their automatic promotion hopes ending at Bournemouth.

The Reds went down 1-0 after a goal by Keiffer Moore in the final 10 minutes of the contest and will now enter the play-offs.

Forest head to Hull on Saturday and will also find out who they will meet over two legs in the lottery that is the play-offs.

It wasn’t to be for the Reds who huffed and puffed during the first half and perhaps should have been given a penalty when Sam Surridge was wrongly ruled offside.

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But, the ball just didn’t run for the Reds on the south coast and ultimately they didn’t do enough to win the game.

Cooper, however, isn’t too despondent and he must now focus on the forthcoming play-off campaign – his third in succession in the Championship.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “Congratulations to Bournemouth. Promotion wasn’t just about tonight, it was about getting to the position they’ve been in.

“Good luck to them in the Premier League. But we get ready for the play-offs now and try to join them.

“We were 18 points behind them at one stage. To think we’ve got to the position we were in tonight, we should take a lot of heart from that; especially how we played as well.

“It’s recovering from setbacks that define you. That’s what we’ve got to make sure we do now.”

Forest can take heart and they can’t dwell on latest setback

It’s frustrating, somewhat annoying and a little bit sad but automatic promotion was always going to be a long shot.

Bournemouth have the luxury of parachute payments and some of the signings they made in January should have seen them promoted weeks ago.

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To even get themselves into contention for second place is a testament to the work that Forest have done this season.

All is not lost either. Forest now have the play-offs to look forward to and it’s hard to imagine many teams wanting to face the Reds over two legs.

Cooper is the perfect manager to help Forest over this setback and the real work starts now for the Reds.

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