Keep the faith — Forest Viewpoint by Tom Walker

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It never rains – it pours. Billy Davies’ five-match ban comes at a real bad time for Forest.

A ragged injury list, out of form and now without their manager, who will be in the stands for the next five Npower Championship fixtures. Things are certainly looking gloomy on Trent side.

However, it is not all doom and gloom. I can honestly say I am happy with how the season has gone, if you offered me a top six position with 13 games to go at the start of the season I would have welcomed it with open arms.

Sure there has been times where we have let ourselves down, we certainly could have made a more forceful effort at breaking in to the top two. Forest could easily be nine points better off.

Last minute equalisers from Reading, Bournemouth and Leicester could have yielded six points. The poor defeat away at Yeovil Town would have bought three points also.

That would have pushed the Reds in to third just two points behind Burnley – but recent disappointments are in danger of overshadowing what could still be a memorable season.

Forest are without their first choice back four and the whole of their first choice midfield. Those are facts.

Just imagine if Burnley, QPR and Derby had their first choice defence, midfield and club captain out injured.

Burnley especially would be in deep trouble. Their wafer thin squad has not been tested this season – and that’s just down to luck. Although their first eleven have succeeded beyond expectation and you have to give them immense credit.

The attitude the club needs now is one of support and belief. We are all disappointed and all very frustrated.

But the players who do pull on the Garibaldi need support now more than ever – to play beyond their capabilities and catapult the Reds in to the Premier League.

Forest will get stronger as the season goes on and with the next three games being Barnsley, Middlesbrough and Doncaster – it is imperative that the team take advantage of the opportunity and silence the doubters.