Winning three league games on the trot for the first time this season would give Nottingham Forest a “massive” lift as they look to finish a difficult season on a high.
Successive victories over the Easter weekend saw the Reds take a giant step towards mathematically guaranteeing Championship safety.
But boss Chris Hughton says there are still objectives for his team to strive for in their final six matches – starting at Bristol City on Saturday.
Forest have registered back-to-back league wins five times this term, but have not been able to extend a winning sequence beyond that. It is something they will look to do against the Robins.
“It would be massive for us,” said Hughton. “It’s about achievements and it’s about getting goals.
“We’ve found it difficult to get goals, so we’re really delighted with the three goals we got on Monday (against QPR). We want more of that.
“It’s about finishing the season the best way we can. That means, can we score more goals and can we win more games, can we stay in games more and maintain our good away form?
“It will be about trying to do the best we can in these six games.
“To start these last six games with another win would be wonderful for us.”
The Reds will again be without defender Tobias Figueiredo who remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Left-back Gaetan Bong has missed the last two games with a knock picked up against Brentford, while Harry Arter (calf) and Joe Lolley (hamstring tear) are longer term absentees.
On Figueiredo, Hughton said: “He’s got a slight hamstring problem. I don’t think it’s one where he will be out for a few weeks.
“We were hoping he was going to train today, but that hasn’t been the case. So we’re hoping come next week he’ll be back training.”
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Hughton’s side go into the clash at Ashton Gate in 15th place, with a 13-point cushion between themselves and the bottom three.
Climbing the table further is the manager’s goal as Forest try to build momentum, ahead of what they hope will be a challenge at the opposite end of the division come next term.
“There are no specific targets, but the target has to be to finish higher than where we are now,” Hughton said.
“If I’m saying I would like to finish the season as strong as possible, then if we were able to do that and get points on the board, consequently that would mean us finishing higher in the table.
“That is the aim.
“Certainly at this stage of the season we can’t guarantee anything as regards the position we’re in, with teams below us having good runs and winning games.
“There’s no let up. We want the same levels of intensity and the same desire to win games that we’ve been showing.
“I’m delighted with those two games over a three-day period. Whenever you pick up back-to-back wins, it makes a significant difference to the league table, as well as confidence and morale in the team.
“I was particularly delighted with the QPR one. We’ve been in good form away from home, but have perhaps struggled to put in the consistency of performances at home of late.
“We were able to do that and get goals.
“It was almost a perfect weekend.”
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