Nottingham Forest play host to Coventry City on Wednesday evening looking for the victory which could move the club into the Championship playoff positions.
However, Coventry, who are in 11th spot, will move to within two points of their seventh-placed hosts if they can prevail at the City Ground.
While Forest were naturally disappointed to push Liverpool so hard in the FA Cup quarter-finals without progressing further in the competition, Steve Cooper perhaps will not mind that his squad can focus on the promotion race.
For all of their eye-catching performances, there have been times when Forest have been inconsistent, but Saturday’s 4-1 victory at Blackpool was their third Championship success in a row.
As many as 10 goals have been scored during that period, Brennan Johnson netting three of the five most recent strikes to take his tally for the campaign to 13.
At the other end of the pitch, Forest have conceded just three times in six matches, but they still only possess the 14th-best home record in the division.
Even though Forest remain outside of the playoff spots, possessing three matches in hand arguably puts Forest in a more favourable position than many of the clubs above them.
Coventry City manager Mark Robins on January 29, 2022© Reuters
From Coventry’s perspective, they are almost at the point of no return with regards to the playoffs having won just one of their last seven fixtures.
Although Mark Robins and his squad can be relatively satisfied with their efforts this campaign, their promotion bid has lost steam ahead of the run-in.
To their credit, they battled on gamely to earn a share of the spoils against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend, Viktor Gyokeres’s equaliser coming deep into added-on time.
However, now sitting six points adrift of the playoffs, a point did not feel enough, and Robins realistically needs to encourage his side to go on the attack against one of their direct rivals.