Nottingham Forest in with a shout, says Brendan Moloney, after 0-0 draw v Midddlesbrough
THE fiercely contested nature of the Championship can help Nottingham Forest establish themselves among the promotion contenders in a matter of weeks.
That was the message today from Reds defender Brendan Moloney – who believes Saturday's opponents Leicester City are the prime example of how quickly a team's fortunes can change.
Sean O'Driscoll's side dropped more points at home as they were held to a 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough last night, in a match where they failed to capitalise on their numerous chances.
Now, as they prepare to travel across the East Midlands to face one of the promotion favourites this weekend, Moloney says Forest are capable of making swift progress of their own.
"Leicester are the prime example of how quickly things can change," said Moloney.
"Earlier in the season people were calling for Nigel Pearson's head. But then they put together a short run of form and they were challenging at the top end of the table.
"Blackpool were the other way around, they were up there but now they have dropped right off.
"It is still very early in the season, things can change very quickly. It is a tight division, you can jump or drop several places with just one result."
Last weekend's defeat at the hands of Millwall brought to an end Forest's five-match unbeaten run.
And Moloney says the target must be to build another streak of positive results.
"The more back-to-back wins you get, the quicker progress you make," he said.
"When you have so many games coming thick and fast, you would be surprised how quickly you can change things.
"When you get on a little run, you want to keep things going.
"You want to stay unbeaten and, while you know games are going to be tough, you have confidence that you can make it happen.
"At the very least, we will always go out and give it our best."