Cyrus Christie said that Nottingham Forest need to be clinical against Bournemouth on Saturday as they look to continue their run of form.
Forest have lost just once in the last 10 league games but now face a tough challenge against a Bournemouth side battling for a top-six berth.
Christie said that the squad go into the Saturday lunch time clash full of confidence though and he knows that it is these games that they need to win to start pushing up towards the top end of the table.
He said: “We have had a good run, it is one loss in 10, so it has been a better turnaround than previous months. We have done well in the new year and it is about maintain and sustaining that to keep mounting pressure up the league and get as many points as we can.
“The table looks a lot healthier now and it is a crazy league when you think about it, we are only eight points off Middlesbrough at the minute so it is not too far. We have some tough fixtures coming up but with the way we have been playing, we are full of confidence at the minute, we have got some new boys in who have lifted the spirits and throughout the season it has just been fine margins, when we have been a little bit off it.
“In recent weeks it has started to turn for us, we are starting to take our chances and defensively, for most of the year, we have been pretty solid in keeping out chances but it is just vital mistakes that have cost us.”
He added: "These are the games that you need to win if you want to be up at that end of the table. The last time we played against Bournemouth we got off to a bad start, then we settled into the game and Lyle had a chance, if he scores that then it could have been a different game. But it is ifs and buts, it is all in hindsight and the same against Swansea, I thought we played well against them when we played them at home but they got the goal and won and the same against Norwich.
“We want to put things right now, we are going into these games on the back of a good run, we are confident and we can take that confidence into the game, we can play our game and take our chances as that is what you have to do against the big boys. They will probably limit our chances and we have to be clinical, at both ends of the pitch.
“We are on a good run so we need to maintain that, keep it going as it has been looking more positive in recent weeks. A couple more wins and we can be looking at the table thinking that you never know what can happen.”