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Dougie Freedman believes Nottingham Forest can make the play-offs

The Scot is happy with their current form.

Nottingham Forest have recently played themselves into a position where pundits and fans are beginning to talk about them as potential promotion candidates.

Prior to beating Derby County in the East Midlands derby last year it looked like Dougie Freedman might be set for the sack - as the club were looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone.

But a disciplined and ruthless approach to the way they play the game has helped Forest climb back up the Championship table. They are unbeaten since November and now expected to force a fight for the final play-off spot.

Can they make the top six?

Freedman has been speaking to BBC Radio Leeds this week and was asked about Forest's promotion hopes.

He made it clear that exiting the transfer embargo was the main goal of the current campaign - which they look set to do - but will not rule out a potential breakthrough into the play-offs:

"At the start of the season our aim was to come out of the embargo and remain very competitive on the field.

"That is what I am trying to achieve. We are on track to come out of the embargo with the sale of Michail Antonio and we are competing week-in week-out in what is a very competitive league.

"When you get a little taste of success you want more of it. Also you want to try and get into the top six.

"I do believe the gap of eight points is large but the way we are playing right now and the belief we have got I think we can achieve that."

Freedman is right to be ambitious. The club are currently on a fantastic run and if they remain unbeaten for the rest of the season they might very well end up making the top six.

But the more sensible option would be to build on this excellent form into next season, when the embargo is lifted, and then have a real push at promotion to the Premier League.

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