Upbeat Nottingham Forest defender sets sights on 'hunting down' Leeds United and West Brom

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DEFENDER Michael Dawson says Nottingham Forest are relishing the prospect of the Championship's restart and in a good position to 'hunt down' Leeds United and West Brom.

Forest will return to action after the 15-week break in play due to the coronavirus pandemic with Saturday's clash at Sheffield Wednesday which Sabri Lamouchi's side approach sat fifth and ten points off the automatic promotion spots.

The Tricky Trees are ten behind West Brom and 11 points behind front-runners Leeds but Dawson is optimistic about Forest's prospects of chasing down the division's top two.

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"We are looking forward to getting back where we left off," Dawson told talkSPORT.

UPBEAT: Nottingham Forest centre-back Michael Dawson. Photo by James Chance/Getty Images.UPBEAT: Nottingham Forest centre-back Michael Dawson. Photo by James Chance/Getty Images.
UPBEAT: Nottingham Forest centre-back Michael Dawson. Photo by James Chance/Getty Images.

"Hopefully we can carry on with the run that we are on.

"We are fifth at the moment and our aim is promotion.

"Leeds and West Brom were in a good vein of form before everything happened and it's going to be one of those now, what will happen, who knows?

“Behind closed doors, we’ve been playing the games and it’s ridiculous, the pitch seems so big, you have so much time, the speed of the game, who knows what will happen come the last nine games?

“It’s going to be an exciting time and one we are thriving on."

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Forest - who are level on points with fourth-placed Brentford - are also four points adrift of third-placed Fulham.

Dawson added: "We’ve put ourselves in a good position and we’re hunting West Brom and Leeds down.

"There's some big games coming up against play-off rivals - Brentford and Fulham. We all have to play them.

“It’s about who performs at this crucial time because we’ve had a long period off so form’s gone out the window.

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“It’s just about hitting the ground running, like we did at the start of the season. In the first ten or 11 games, we lost once and then we were unbeaten in the next ten.

“That’s the kind of form you’re going to need if you’re going to hunt the top two teams down."

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