Not so long ago Nottingham Forest were slipping steadily towards the Championship relegation zone, but now they are safely in the top half of the table.
Heading into today’s clash against Charlton Athletic at The Valley, the Reds find themselves ninth in the league standings with 50 points from 34 matches.
Dougie Freedman’s side are as many as 19 points above the bottom three and ‘only’ 10 points behind sixth-placed Ipswich Town.
Forest are an in-form team and have picked up 16 points from their last six league matches, all under Freedman.
The Reds started the season looking for a playoff spot, and that hope has been rekindled by the team’s results over the past month.
The Nottingham-based side have playing with confidence, and the players appear to be enjoying their football under Freedman.
If Forest can maintain their momentum this month, then they will certainly be in a good position to end the ‘regular’ season in the playoffs.
Brentford, Ipswich Town and Bournemouth all appear to be slowing down, and Freedman’s side need to take advantage of this.
Forest have some tough games coming up this month, most notable among them are against Middlesbrough, Leeds United and Norwich City.
Winning against these teams will not be easy, but the Reds should be ambitious and target maximum points from these fixtures to end up in the top six.