Dougie Freedman on Nottingham Forest’s playoff chances

Nottingham Forest’s defeat to Charlton Athletic in the Championship on Tuesday was their first under manager Dougie Freedman.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has told BBC Sport that finishing in the Championship playoffs this season was never on the cards.

Freedman made the comments following Forest’s 2-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic at The Valley in the Championship on Tuesday.

It was the Reds’ first loss since the Scot replaced Stuart Pearce as the manager last month, and has dashed their slim hopes of finishing in the top six of the league this campaign.

However, Freedman insists that despite Forest’s form under him over the past few weeks, he never thought that he could lead the team to the playoffs.

"I never thought the play-offs were a possibility,” the 40-year-old told BBC Sport. “I thought we were always too far away from it.”

It is interesting that Freedman made these comments about the playoffs after the defeat to Charlton, but is he right? Were the playoffs really beyond Forest before Tuesday’s defeat?

Probably yes, as the Reds were 10 points behind the sixth-placed team, but given their run of form in which they had collected 16 points from six matches, the Nottingham-based side were certainly looking good to at least go close.

At the moment Forest are 11 points behind sixth-placed Brentford, but that gap could increase by the end of tonight’s action in the Championship.

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