Why Forest's next five fixtures will define their season

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Nottingham Forest have a winnable run of games, which could put their season back on track.

Nottingham Forest's next five fixtures can help shape the side's season, as they look to climb back into the promotion fold in the Championship.

At the moment the Reds are well short of the play-off pack, but a run of wins would keep their chances alive and they have the opportunity to do this in their next few games.

Forest's next five matches are all against teams who occupy spots in the bottom-half of the Championship table and Stuart Pearce will realise that it is a good opportunity for them to add some points to their total. 

Forest take on Millwall this weekend, before facing games against Brighton and Hove Albion, Wigan Athletic, Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers in the following weeks. 

With the side picking up just three wins from their last 22 games it presents a great chance for them to restore some confidence and start adding points onto their total.

Forest need to sustain the form they showed in the first two months of the campaign if they are to breach the 13 point gap to sixth place that they currently face and collecting a few wins in their next five matches will give them some much-needed confidence.

Of course, should their next few matches go badly then it could have the opposite impact.

Pearce's side are only 10 points away from the drop-zone and playing against so many teams below them in the table means they could be dragged down the league. 

A succession of defeats from such an overtly winnable run would be a huge disappointment and damage the already fragile morale in camp even further, meaning a relegation scrap is not off the cards if Forest's poor form continues. 

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