Last Updated: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:41
Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies has told his players to 'forget past records' and focus on gaining promotion to the Premier League.
The Reds are now up to fifth in the Championship, after a late Lewis McGugan winner sealed a vital 2-1 victory at second-placed Hull City on Saturday, leaving the Tigers only eight points ahead of Forest with eight crucial games remaining.
After a heartbreaking defeat in the 2009/10 play-off semi final against Blackpool under Davies, Forest are looking to make sure there are no slip ups again, as they look to return to the top flight for the first time since being relegated in 1999/2000, when Ron Atkinson was in charge.
The play offs are now looking to be a distinct possibility for the division's in-form team and with 24 points still up for grabs, automatic promotion remains a possibility.
After winning their last six matches, Davies' men are looking to equal a club record seven consecutive victories set in 1922, when they host Gus Poyet's Brighton on Saturday March 30.
If they are to have any chance of making one of the two automatic promotion places, Forest will need to keep winning, and the boss is demanding total concentration for the remainder of the campaign.
"I have told the players that we have eight very hard games coming up," said Davies.
"We have given ourselves a great opportunity of making the play offs, and we will now give our players a few days to rest up and prepare for our next game.
"We are growing and growing in confidence, and if we get a couple of slices of good fortune, who knows what could happen."
Forest fans have been delighted with the team's progress since Davies returned to The City Ground. Forest have gained 19 points from a possible 21 since the 48-year-old began his second spell as manager, and with the team playing with such confidence, many believe anything could be possible this season.
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