Nottingham Forest can do better, insists Andy Reid

The Republic of Ireland international was defiant after Forest failed to secure a place in the playoffs and insists that the only aim next year will be promotion
Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid says that the club's only future aim is to achieve promotion to the English Premier League after missing out in the 2013-2014 campaign.

Forest finished 11th in the Championship and concluded their season with a late 2-1 home defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

Despite suffering a series of injuries towards the end of the campaign, Reid scored 10 goals in 36 appearances for the East Midlands club and was voted the club's Player of the Season, an award which follows his inclusion in the PFA Championship Team of the Season.

However, while he was honoured to have his efforts recognised, Reid explained that he would happily swap the awards for promotion to England's top division.

"It is a fantastic honour. I am truly grateful to everyone who has voted for me. It is a great award to win and I’m delighted to have the honour of receiving it," the 31-year-old told the official Nottingham Forest website.

"Of course I take this award with a tinge of sadness that we’ve not achieved our aim of promotion this season. I’d swap this award for a promotion any day of the week.

"We want to use this season’s disappointment as a positive for the next campaign. We know we can do better, we know we can get promoted and that is the only aim we’ll have going forward."

Meanwhile, Brighton defender Stephen Ward has hailed the Seagulls' "fantastic team spirit" after their 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest secured a playoff spot.

Ward scored a half-volley to cancel out Matt Derbyshire's first half goal at the City Gound before Leo Ulloa pounced late in the game to ensure three points for Oscar Garcia's team and the Ireland international believes that the team's character was essential to the victory.

"I said to the lads before the game that these opportunities don’t come around too often in your career and that we had to make the most of it," Ward told the official Brighton website. "We’ve had some ups and downs throughout the season but we’ve stuck at it all the time.

"The squad is very tight knit and everyone gets on. We have a fantastic team spirit and that really pulled us through this afternoon."