Ray Parlour comments on Nottingham Forest and the Championship play-offs

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Ray Parlour feels any chance Nottingham Forest had of a Championship play-off place is now over.

Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he feels any chance Nottingham Forest had of getting into the play-offs ended last night.

Forest were beaten 2-1 away at Charlton, their first defeat under Dougie Freedman and a result which leaves them chasing a seven-point gap to Wolves, who are four points away from the top six themselves.

“Forest were on fire, but they lost last night – I think they’ve got too much to do,” said Parlour.

“I think it’ll go down to Wolves as to who’s going to fight it out.”

The result won’t really change Freedman’s approach because he admitted to talkSPORT just after he took over that he wasn’t focused on getting into the top six and was more concerned about consolidating the side in the top half of the table.

In a way, the defeat last night has released the small amount of play-off pressure which was building behind the side’s good run.

They now have a chance to experiment and rotate players, trying new things over the rest of the season, which wouldn’t have been possible if the play-offs were a realistic possibility.

There’s no doubt that the slide under Stuart Pearce, which led to his dismissal, is the reason Forest are unlikely to finish in the top six.

The important thing now for Freedman, looking forward, is to get the side into a good position before the end of the season and create some confidence looking ahead to the summer.

He needs to improve the squad the best way he can and set Forest up for next season and hopefully a shot at one of the automatic promotion places.

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