Nottingham Forest’s Michael Mancienne retains hopes of making the playoffs

Michael Mancienne, formerly at Chelsea, believes that Nottingham Forest can still finish in the top six of the Championship this season.

Nottingham Forest defender Michael Mancienne has suggested to the club’s official website that his side can still make the Championship playoffs this season.

Forest are currently ninth in the league table with 53 points from 36 matches, nine points behind sixth-placed Brentford.

“We always knew we had a good squad,” former Chelsea defender told Forest’s officialwebsite. “To have had that rough patch is frustrating for us because we could be so much higher up the league at the moment.

“But if we can string some results together between now and the end of the season, who knows what can happen. As long as we’re winning games, that’s the most important thing.”

Can Nottingham Forest make the playoffs?

The nine-point gap between Forest and the final playoff place is huge, but there is a slim chance that the Reds would be able to bridge it.

Forest have lost just one Championship game since Dougie Freedman became the club’s manager last month.

The Nottingham-based side showed great resilience and mentality on Saturday, when they bounced back from the defeat to Charlton Athletic with a 2-1 win against promotion-chasing Middlesbrough.

If Forest can now put together a run of positive results, then they could well sneak into the playoff positions.

Upcoming matches against the likes of Leeds United, Norwich City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford will not be easy, but Freedman has a number of good players at his disposal who are high on confidence at the moment.

Not so long ago Middlesbrough were the Championship leaders, now they are as low as fourth (although they have the same number of points as current leaders Bournemouth).

Anything is possible in the Championship this season.

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