A play-off place is looking like the outcome to the Reds' season A first-half horror show at Preston, foreseen by Billy Davies during the warm-up at Deepdale when he was 'very concerned with the attitude' of his side, put paid to any hopes of a positive result despite a fightback after the break. A fifth consecutive away defeat leaves the Reds' five points behind West Brom with ten games of the league season left. That begins for Davies and his men with another road trip, to Barnsley on Tuesday night with the Tykes still harbouring play-off ambitions of their own. For Forest the pressure of playing for an automatic promotion spot may now ease slightly given that a top-six finish is all but guaranteed given their fourteen-point advantage. West Brom go to Swansea in midweek knowing that a return to the Premier League is theirs to lose, a situation that may yet lead to some more twists and turns at the top.