Nottingham Forest are sat joint-top of the Championship table with 11 games of the 2019-20 campaign taken in.

There are still 35 games to come, but life is pretty sweet at this stage.

A standing inside the automatic promotion spots with a quarter of the season done is not to be sniffed at.

Which is why we are all getting a bit excited!

Not overly so, with history having offered painful lessons to Reds followers everywhere.

Just when you think everything is going great, there is usually a sting in the tale!

Which is why nobody is shouting from the rooftops…yet.

Give us time!

Behind closed doors, though, dreams of what could be are starting to form.

Maintain the poker face in public and let it drop when nobody is looking!

Dreams

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We all know that we’re thinking the same, we just don’t dare say it too loudly.

Reds legend Garry Birtles has now let the cat out of the bag!

He has told the Nottingham Post: “Sabri Lamouchi is playing down the chances of automatic promotion publicly and rightly so. He needs to make all the right noises in the press.

“In private he’ll be thinking about the top two and the players will too.”

We all are Garry!

The outlook has shifted quickly on Trentside.

Pre-season dreams of a top-six finish were formed more in hope that expectation.

That is, after all, what a summer without competitive football is for – getting carried away!

A humbling dose of reality is normally delivered once a ball is kicked in anger.

An opening day defeat to West Brom could be considered to have offered that, but there have been no more wobbles from that point.

Birtles has added in the Post: “Given how well things are going, expectations have to change. At the start of the season a play-off push felt like an okay outside bet.

“There were so many unknown quantities from the new manager to the six signings who had never played in this country for.

“Now we’ve all had to chance to look at them, you’d be disappointed if Forest can’t push for the play-offs all season.”

Foundations

 

You would, and we will be.

The foundations laid to this point should be built upon, especially when looking at the fixture list.

Wigan, Hull City, Reading and Luton is not a run to strike fear into the Reds.

At least not on paper, and that is where we are playing plenty of football now!

It is impossible not to.

When things are going well, at least one eye is kept on the future.

That is not always wise, as distractions are to be avoided at all costs, but if we can’t let emotions run a little wild in this situation, then when can we?

A position in the top two may not be retained for long, but we could just as easily cement one.

Let’s not make too many bold statements, though, eh Garry.

The first rule of Nottingham Forest promotion fight club is: You do not talk about Nottingham Forest promotion fight club!