Nottingham Forest CAN challenge for Championship top six finish, says boss Mark Warburton


Nottingham Forest can challenge for a top six finish – if they can find consistency in their Championship displays.

That is the message from Mark Warburton, who believes the division is going to be as tight as ever this season, with a host of teams all equipped to challenge for a place in the Premier League.

Forest sit two points outside of the play-off places following four wins in their last six Championship outings.

And Warburton wants to see the Reds continue their good run of positive form when they return to action after the international break.

“I think this league is going to be stronger than ever, but also tighter than ever. I think there will be minimal points between 12 place and third place this season,” said Warburton.

Forest beat QPR 4-0 at the City Ground on Saturday to rise up the table

“The league will be won with maybe 90 points and it is going to be a season where, if you can put three or four wins together, on three or four occasions, it will lift you into a good position. You will be in a good place.

“Can we do that? Of course we can. There will be 15 or 16 other teams saying exactly the same thing, however.

“We are not going to be bolshy about it. We will enjoy the break now and we will work hard. We will have three or four days off, but we will work hard when we come back.

“All the focus is on the next game though, when we come back and face Birmingham.”

Warburton is still wary of making lavish predictions about what Forest will and will not achieve this season – and says their focus can only be on stringing together that short run of form that will help them climb the table again.

“I am not going to stand here and say ‘we are going to finish in the top six’. All I will say is that we are going to finish as high in this league as we possibly can,” he said.

“If you make predictions and say ‘we are going to do this, that or the other’ you leave yourself open to being shot down.

“Right now, our job is to finish as high as we can and to work as hard as we can to make sure that happens.”



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