Grabban not giving up on automatic promotion

29 June 2020 02:14:19 GMTPlus10

Lewis Grabban says Nottingham Forest have not given up hope of automatic promotion to the Premier League as his double helped them move up to fourth in the Championship with a comfortable 3-1 win over Huddersfield.

Forest are now seven points adrift of second-placed West Brom with seven games of the season remaining.

Striker Grabban scored either side of the half-time at the City Ground, including a superb volley to open the scoring, before substitute Ryan Yates put the result beyond doubt in the 85th minute.

Huddersfield substitute Juninho Bacuna was shown a straight red card late on but there was still time for Terriers striker Karlan Grant to grab a consolation from the penalty spot after Frazier Campbell was fouled.

We've got to keep going anyway and we'll see where it takes us.

Lewis Grabban

Defeat leaves Huddersfield in the bottom three on goal difference from Hull and Danny Cowley's side, who face Birmingham in midweek, are 2.75 to suffer a second relegation in succession.

Forest, meanwhile, now have a seven-point buffer to seventh-placed Preston and are 6.50 to be promoted to the Premier League.

The playoffs appear the likeliest destination for Sabri Lamouchi's men, who are 501.00 to finish in the top two, but Grabban insists Forest will fight for an automatic promotion berth until it is mathematically impossible.

"Something we needed to do was win and I thought we played well," he said. "It's important to get into the habit of scoring goals.

"Automatic promotion is always possible until it's not possible. We've got to keep going anyway and we'll see where it takes us."

Next up for Forest are Bristol City at the City Ground on Wednesday.

The hosts are 1.85 to beat the Robins, who are a 4.33 chance. The draw is available at 3.50.

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