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Promotion is the aim

7 January 2019

Ben Osborn says that everyone at Nottingham Forest is aiming for promotion as The Reds look to kick on in the second half of the season.

The first half of the campaign has seen Forest lingering around the play-off positions and after beating league leaders Leeds on New Year's Day, Osborn hopes to give it a real good go to be in the mix come the end of the season.

He said: "There is always expectation at this club but with the players we have brought in we expect to be up there.

"We expect as a group of players and staff, and the owners do too, that we need to be in and around the top six, if not the top two really.

"There is pressure from everywhere and at a club like Forest you have to deal with it and try and get as far up the table as we can.

"Everyone wants to get promoted. We are Nottingham Forest; that is what the aim is and if you are a part of that then that is the goal.

"It is definitely achievable. You have seen recently with Norwich and Leeds slipping up in recent games that there isn't a really strong contender to be a definite to go up.

"We just have to stay in and around it and have a bit of a better second half of the season than we have done before."

Forest face a trip to Reading on Saturday followed by two home games against Bristol City and Wigan, and Osborn believes that these three games gives The Reds a real chance to build some momentum and add points to the board.

He said: "It is a good game for us, away at Reading, then we have Bristol and Wigan and I think we do need to be a bit more confident when we play the teams below us.

"We will have a bit more of the ball so we need to believe in ourselves a bit more, be a bit more patient and maybe not panic if we are going in at half-time at 0-0 or 1-0 against these teams.

"We just need to keep believing in what we are doing and believing that we can get the results.

"You have seen Leeds and Norwich and the way that they score late goals. It is always going to be tight; teams fear coming to The City Ground now so we just have to try and break them down and get the results."

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