Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi said his side must have no regrets at the end of the season as they begin the final run-in against Millwall on Friday night.
The Reds have just 10 games remaining as they continue their fight among the league’s front-runners, and Lamouchi said now is the time to believe and to be positive.
He said: “The challenge where we are in the ranking now, we have an exciting finish. We are still in the race for the play-offs and maybe we need to save this position as soon as we can. But we increase the belief, not just from the result but from the performance from the players.
“Game after game, week after week and month after month, they increased the belief and now it is their story, they will know what to do for the rest of the season. We have just 10 games, six here at The City Ground, and it is not necessary to ask for more support, this would be impossible.
“On Monday, during the week in Middlesbrough, there were a lot of people. For the next six games, our fans they feel that, they know that. It is not just this year, they are suffering from many years and they feel ‘why not us?’ or ‘why not this year?’ They will be behind the team, behind the players because if the fans believe that they have a big chance this year, it is because the players have done a fantastic job until now.
“Of course, we missed some opportunities and we made some mistakes, but we are where we are and now the last 10 games, with six at home. To play at home, with our fantastic fans, it is a big help, a fantastic help, and if we want to be optimistic then it can change a lot. We need to be positive, confident and to give our best performance on Friday and in each game until the end, because we want to finish without any regrets.”
Millwall arrive at The City Ground with play-off ambitions of their own, lurking just outside the top six, and Lamouchi is well aware of the threats they can pose.
“It will be a tough game,” he said. “They have a good manager with experience with different teams in the Championship, they have good players also. They have a good dynamic, their spirit is positive and Millwall want to get into the play-offs and they are not so far.
“I was not here last season, but at the same moment, Aston Villa were out of the play-offs and we know the end of the story. A lot of managers, a lot of teams, players, they know that if you play with consistency you can be surprised at the end.”