Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper says his must bounce back against West Brom (Match betting – Forest 11/10, Draw 5/2, West Brom 13/5) on Easter Monday, following their defeat at Luton Town on Friday.
Forest went into the game with the Hatters on the back of a five-match winning run and were still harbouring hopes of an automatic promotion tilt.
However, they took a big blow at Kenilworth Road, as Kal Naismith’s penalty proved enough to stop Forest’s excellent run, leaving them seven points behind Bournemouth in second, with both sides having six games left to play this season.
Monday’s task is a home game against Steve Bruce’s West Brom, with the Baggies still having an outside chance of making the top six and Cooper has urged Forest to use the Baggies game to get rid of any “frustration” that may have built up.
“Whatever happened in this game, we were still going to play West Brom on Monday,” he said.
“So stick to the plan and the approach, get the frustration out of us. We love working for and playing for this huge football club, so let’s go represent it as best we can in the next game.”
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Elsewhere, two play-off contenders clash at the Riverside as Middlesbrough face Huddersfield Town (Match betting – Middlesbrough 17/20, Draw 13/5, Huddersfield 7/2), with both sides arriving into the game on the back of Good Friday draws.
Boro came away from Bournemouth with a goalless draw, while the Terriers were pegged back twice in their 2-2 contest with QPR.
Bournemouth will look to further solidify their top-two credentials when they travel to play-off chasing Coventry City (Match betting – Coventry 19/10, Draw 12/5, Bournemouth 6/4).
The Sky Blues will be full of confidence after overturning a 2-0 deficit to beat Birmingham 4-2.
At the bottom of the table, Barnsley face Peterborough United (Match betting – Barnsley Evens, Draw 13/5, Peterborough 11/4) in a match which could conceivably relegate the losing team.
Derby County are also in must-win territory as they travel to QPR (Match betting – QPR 13/10, Draw 12/5, Derby 11/5).
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