Pearce: Why Forest's top six challenge will be difficult

Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has cast doubt over his old side's chances of getting into the play-offs.

Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce stressed to talkSPORT the difficulty for Dougie Freedman’s side in terms of reaching the top six in the Championship.

Forest have been in revitalised form since Freedman replaced Pearce at the club, but the old manager feels the side still have a mountain to climb.

“The thing about Forest is they’ve got to go to Norwich, they’ve got Watford, they’ve got Brentford, they’ve got Ipswich, they’ve got a lot of the big teams up and above them,” said Pearce

“That’ll either be good for them or it won’t be. I don’t think Forest can afford to lose more than one game – they’ve really got to go unbeaten between now and the end.”

Freedman will be hoping that his team can rise to the challenge and raise their performance levels against the best sides in the division.

If they have a perfect run of form between now and the end of the season, there’s no reason why they can’t be in that top six group at the end of the campaign.

The reason facing a number of difficult matches could be good for Forest is because it could bring out the best qualities in Freedman’s players.

Confidence and belief can grow with every positive result and that can help translate tense contests into points.

The reason it could be bad is simply because the matches are more difficult. The sides above Forest are there for a reason and there will be a real scrap on to get into the top two and avoid the lottery of the play-offs.

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