Paul Ince has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on TalkSPORT that Derby County still have a chance of making it into the automatic promotion spaces.
The Rams have been in poor form since the turn of the year, and they have slipped away from the top two.
At the moment, Derby are in fifth place in the Championship table, but the form of some of their promotion rivals has encouraged Ince that a late run to claim an automatic spot could be possible.
“Everyone seems to be slipping up, apart from Burnley. If they can put up a run there’s no reason why they can’t get amongst it,” Ince said, when asked if Derby could still make the top two.
“They have a tough one on Saturday against Forest, but if they can get throughout that they have chance.”
Derby are currently seven points behind Brighton & Hove Albion, who occupy second spot in the Championship table.
The Rams have only won three of their last 14 matches in the Championship, though, and only a dramatic improvement will see them move back into automatic promotion contention.
Ince, of course, has a vested interest in Derby’s fortunes this season as his son, Tom, is one of the Midlands side’s key players.
The attacking midfielder has made 35 appearances for Darren Wassall’s side this season, scoring on 10 occasions.