Why Forest's next two games are the biggest of their season so far

Nottingham Forest's next two games could have a massive say on where they finish this season.

Nottingham Forest’s next two Championship games are huge for the club and manager Dougie Freedman.

Forest face games against Charlton and Middlesbrough before this time next week and their season could head in one of two directions.

On the one hand, if Forest win both games and other results go their way, they’ll be four points away from a play-off place this time next week.

On the other hand, if Forest lose both games and other results go against them, they could find themselves chasing a staggering 16 point gap from a play-off place.

In short, the club’s next two games can arguably be considered the biggest of their season so far.

Their recent run of form under Freedman has been superb (five wins in six games) and sets them up well for the first of both possibilities.

They have momentum and should be looking to use it to their advantage over the next two games to hunt down their rivals.

They also have confidence, which Freedman deserves credit for developing since he came to the club.

Under former manager Stuart Pearce, Forest saw a great start to the season change as they slipped down the table.

Freedman seems to have reminded the squad about what they are capable of and they’re playing with a spring in their step.

Middlesbrough this weekend is a huge game because Aitor Karanka’s team are one of the sides who hold an automatic promotion place at the moment.

Beating Charlton will set them up well for that game and they can take heart from the recent win against Bournemouth, another side pushing for promotion into the Premier League.

Where Forest sit this time next week and the gap between them and the play-off places could be very exciting for the club’s fans, but they have to be professional and go about their next two games in the right way.

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