Warburton delivers verdict on Nottingham Forest point target, outlines survival plan
By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton revealed on Thursday that he has not set a points target for his club.
The Reds are just one point clear of the relegation zone going into their match against promotion-chasing Reading at the City Ground on Saturday.
The 54-year-old, who was only announced as the Forest boss last month, has outlined that his plan is to simply win all three of his remaining fixtures.
After their clash with Reading, the East Midlands outfit have an away trip to QPR and finish the season with a home tie against Ipswich.
“We don’t have a points total in mind to ensure safety; we will be going out to win each game and get as many points as possible,” said Warburton in his pre-match press conference, as quoted by Nottingham Forest’s official Twitter account.
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MW: We don't have a points total in mind to ensure safety; we will be going out to win each game and get as many points as possible #NFFC
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) April 20, 2017
Blackburn are the Reds’ closest rivals in the Championship relegation battle and are just one point below them.
Tony Mowbray’s men have earned four points in their last two games while Forest have won just once in their last eight.
Rovers travel to Wolves on Saturday in their next game but Birmingham, under the fresh leadership of Harry Redknapp, could also be dragged into the bottom three if their poor form persists.
The Blues are two points ahead of Forest, but have a worse goal difference than Warburton’s men.
Redknapp’s side have a feisty second-city derby with Aston Villa to negotiate on Sunday as they look to drag themselves away from the drop zone.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Garry Birtles has delivered a scathing verdict of his former club.