The Warmdown: Forest one step closer to securing a play-off place
PETERBOROUGH, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Sam Surridge of Nottingham Forest celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Peterborough United and Nottingham Forest at London Road Stadium on April 23, 2022 in Peterborough, England. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

It was scrappy and hard-fought, but Nottingham Forest got the win that put them one step closer to securing a play-off spot.

Results around the Championship mean that it would take a 21-goal swing in goal difference for Middlesbrough to overtake Forest for a top six place now.

With Bournemouth also dropping points against Fulham, Forest now sit five points away from automatic promotion with four games to go and a date with the Cherries still to come.

Here are some talking points from Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 win over Peterborough United

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It may have only been four games, but Peterborough were getting into their stride. The Posh had to better Reading’s results on the day to stay in the Championship, and a draw in this fixture would have kept their hopes alive.

It was a very scrappy performance from both teams and Forest had to fight until the very end to earn the win, showing heart and determination. 

“Until anything is absolutely guaranteed, we’ll be fighting until the last minute. You saw that today,” Steve Cooper said to the media after the game.

“We’ll just stick to our plan. We go again now.”

Peterborough had won two games on the spin for the second time this season before facing Forest and they put in the exact kind of performance that could have taken points away from many teams in the Championship.

However, Forest didn’t lie down and won their seventh of their last eight Championship matches. 

Sam Surridge on target again

Sam Surridge scored his fifth goal for Forest against Peterborough in just 448 minutes of football, averaging a goal per 90 minutes for the Reds

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Surridge has only had eleven shots on goal for Forest since arriving from Stoke City but with five goals to his name already, he’s proving to be a clinical striker for Nottingham Forest.

The forward didn’t just contribute to the winning goal of the game, he was also in the thick of defending the lead for his club. Surridge won two ground duels, made two clearances, and blocked one shot to keep Forest in front. 

The 23-year-old also finished the game with 100% pass accuracy, 100% long ball accuracy and won one aerial duel.

Brennan Johnson joins the double double club

Brennan Johnson was on hand to play a crucial part in a Forest win once again.

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After recovering the ball in the middle of the park, Johnson laid the ball of to Philip Zinckernagel before bombing down the left wing. 

After getting the ball back from Zinckernagel, Johnson used his weaker left foot and floated an inch perfect ball into the box for Surridge to nod home, which ultimately won Forest the game. 

At just 20 years of age, Brennan Johnson joins Harry Wilson and John Swift in the Championship’s double double club with 15 goals and 10 assists so far this season.

Last season only Emiliano Buendía and Ivan Toney had double digits for goals and assists in the Championship, showcasing just how much of a special talent Johnson is. 

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