By Matt Farr
Nottingham Forest icon Garry Birtles has urged the club to forget about playing attacking football and focus on picking up points.
The Midlands club are perilously close to dropping out of the Championship, and sit just one point clear of the relegation zone with three games remaining.
Mark Warburton was appointed by the club last month in a bid to stop the rot, but has yet to inspire the club towards safety.
But Birtles, who twice won the European Cup with Nottingham Forest, insists that his former club must change their approach to matches.
Speaking to the Nottingham Post, the 60-year-old delivered a scathing verdict of the club’s misplaced priorities, and urged the club to find a way to win ‘whatever it takes’.
He said: “Now is not the time for Nottingham Forest to be trying to play attractive football. All they have got to be trying to do is win games, whatever that takes.
“That can come later on, once Forest are safe, once they know they are going to be in the Championship again next year.
“I understand the manager, Mark Warburton, wants to get his team playing a certain way, but Forest can still get relegated. They are still in a very dangerous position.”
Nottingham Forest’s final three games of the season sees them go up against Reading, QPR and Ipswich.
Reading are currently third in the division chasing promotion to the Premier League, while Ipswich recently beat title-chasing Newcastle 3-1 at Portman Road.
QPR, meanwhile, held Forest to a 1-1 draw when they last met at the City Ground, and will once again be no pushovers.
Forest have won just two of their last 10 league games, and face fierce competition from Blackburn and Wigan, who are both trying desperately to cling on in a battle to remain in the division for next season.
In other Nottingham Forest news, this senior players is set to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery.