Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio has played down his side’s failure to win against Leeds United in the Championship on Saturday.
Despite having a number of chances, Stuart Pearce’s team had to settle for a 1-1 draw at the City Ground.
The result means that Forest are now ninth in the league table with 31 points from 22 matches, seven points behind sixth-placed Watford.
Antonio, who featured against Leeds, insists that the result against the West Yorkshire outfit is not going to adversely affect the team’s chances of gaining promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season.
“It was a good overall performance and hopefully we can take that into Middlesbrough away,” the 24-year-old told Forest’s official website. “The Championship is unpredictable. Everything always chops and changes.
“We could win four games in a row and get straight back in there. We can’t really look at the points right now – not even half season’s gone yet. We’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves.”
Forest did indeed give a good account of themselves against Leeds and had two goals disallowed, with Antonio causing the visiting defence problems with his pace and skills.
The former Reading star took two shots, created two chances, put in 11 crosses, attempted seven take-ons, won 70% of the aerial duels, made two interceptions and one clearance.
Forest have a strong squad with a number of quality players, and they have every reason to believe that they can end up in the top six.
A top-two finish does not look a possibility at this stage of the season, but if Bournemouth, Ipswich Town and Brentford drop points over the festive period, then Forest could well fancy their chances of automatic promotion if they can put together a run of positive results.