BBC pundit Steve Claridge comments on Nottingham Forest's play-off chances

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BBC pundit Steve Claridge believes Nottingham Forest could still get into the play-offs.

Pundit Steve Claridge told the Football League Show that Nottingham Forest could 'do something extraordinary' in the play-off race.

Forest were deemed to be out of contention for a top six place when Stuart Pearce left the club at the start of February, but his replacement Dougie Freedman has led a stunning recovery.

In Freedman's eight games in charge so far, Forest have won six, drawn once and lost just once, and recorded another superb win last weekend with a 2-1 victory over automatic promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough.

Now nine points off the play-off places, hopes are gradually growing at the City Ground that Freedman could lead a late dash for the top six.

That would be stunning considering where Forest were six weeks ago, and BBC pundit Claridge told the Football League Show that whilst it's still a long shot for Forest to make the top six, their current form suggests they are certainly still in the race.

"I would imagine, looking at it...if you're talking about getting in a play-off spot, they're probably going to need to win eight of their last ten games. In their current form - it's a long shot - but they're in that sort of mood to do something extraordinary, and they have the teams around them still to play," said Claridge.

"That's the important thing. The three teams that they could possibly catch are Brentford, Ipswich and Wolves - and they've got to play all of those three," he added.

This weekend, Forest face a trip to Elland Road to take on Leeds United, but April will be the month to define their play-off hopes; Wolves and Watford travel to the City Ground whilst Forest go to Brentford and Ipswich.

If Forest can come out of those games with a number of wins, then they should be right in the mix - even having lost star striker Britt Assombalonga to a season-ending injury.

It's a testament to the job Freedman has done so far that Forest are back in the mix, and with 22 goals in their eight games under Freedman, nobody will want to face them right now.

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