Nottingham Forest have been urged to ensure that they end the season with no regrets.

A fairly obvious call with a play-off berth still very much up for grabs.

If you can’t give your all in this situation, you are probably in the wrong profession.

Now is the time to forget about the past and focus on the future.

An international break has offered a timely period for reflection and a realigning of focus.

Eight games is all that remains in 2018-19.

Nothing can be done about the 38 which have gone before.

The missed chances and questionable decisions from match officials are now history.

Don’t dwell on what could have been.

Instead, dictate your own destiny within the challenges to come.

Opportunity

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A version of that message has been delivered by Forest legend Garry Birtles.

He has said in the Nottingham Post: “We probably need to win three of our next four games to put ourselves right in the mix, unless everyone else keeps bottling it.

“But we can’t rely on other people. We’ve just got to keep doing all we can do. It’s down to us to put ourselves in with a shot.

“Great if other teams lose and give us an opportunity, but that only means something if we’re winning games.

“It’s not so much about being stronger physically as being mentally stronger than other teams.

“If we win four games and everyone above us wins four games, then you’ve just got to say, “well done, but at least we gave it our all”.

“We’ve just got to give it everything for this last bit.

“You’ve got to think, ‘there are only eight games left and we might just sneak into the play-offs, let’s not have any regrets’.”

No holes to be picked in that argument.

Action

 

These are, however, merely words and it is action which is required.

We can all sit here heading towards the run-in and take a guess at how many points may be needed to finish in the top six.

The sequence of three wins from the next four alluded to by Birtles would be a great way to start.

Swansea (h), Rotherham (a), Sheffield Wednesday (a) and Blackburn (h) are next on Forest’s agenda.

Nine points from 12 is not an unreasonable ask.

It is, though, much easier said than done.

The Reds have faced such runs before and failed to find the required level of consistency.

Regrets?

We’ve had a few.

But let’s hope we can reach the finishing line happy that, like Frank Sinatra, we did it our way.