When Forest managed to attract Steve Cooper to the City Ground, the club’s hierarchy and fans knew that they had pulled off a coup given his previous efforts at Swansea City.
However, few would have anticipated such a turn around in form, Forest moving from relegation candidates to promotion contenders within the space of 15 games.
Over that period, Forest have accumulated the most points of any team in the division, their only defeat coming to leaders Fulham and their eighth win being earned against Hull City last weekend.
The East Midlands outfit had to come from behind to claim a 2-1 victory over the Tigers, their equaliser being fortunate having been awarded a debatable penalty decision.
Nevertheless, Forest rallied to claim a winner and then saw off a strong finish from their opponents, only increasing the belief within this group that they can end the club’s long wait for a return to the Premier League.
With the team languishing in the mid-table positions, Middlesbrough made a bold decision to replace Neil Warnock ahead of the November international break.
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However, Chris Wilder has collected 11 points from a possible 18 since his arrival at the Riverside Stadium, moving the club to within touching distance of the top six.
Although Wilder will not be getting carried away, Boro have kept three successive clean sheets, the latest shutout helping them to a 1-0 win over Bournemouth last weekend.
Goals remain an issue for this side with no strikes coming from open play for 244 minutes, but there is a growing confidence behind the scenes that they can gatecrash the playoffs over the coming weeks