DEXTER Blackstock insists Nottingham Forest should still look to end their season with a flourish, despite taking a huge step closer to safety with their win over Peterborough.
The Reds are now seven points clear of danger with four games left.
But, having moved to within a point of Barnsley and within two of Monday’s hosts Peterborough, the striker says the team should relish the chance to look upwards, rather than over their shoulders, for the first time this season.
Blackstock, who netted the decisive goal in the 1-0 win at London Road, labelled the first 45 minutes one of their best performances of the season.
And he is demanding Steve Cotterill’s side look to maintain that level between now and the end of the month – starting with the visit of Blackpool this weekend.
“I don’t think we are safe, but we have gone a long way towards securing it. It would take something quite drastic for us to get sucked in now,” he said. “It is a fantastic position we have got ourselves in.
“But we cannot stop now, just because we are close to safety. We have to keep working hard to try to secure ourselves a position as high as possible in the table.
“We have closed the gap on a few teams above us now, so we should be looking to as finish as close as possible as we can to the top half of the table.
“It was a massive win, particularly after losing on Saturday. Had we beaten Bristol City, that could have put the situation to bed for us. But, having not won it, it was credit to the team the way we performed against Peterborough.
“That first half performance was one of the best we had produced in some time. We passed the ball well, we created chances and we nullified them. They did not have a sniff.
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