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Paul Warne’s prediction on Derby and Forest is unfolding and gives Owls clearer targets

Paul Warne predicted Derby County and Nottingham Forest would finish in midtable and form suggests Sheffield Wednesday may have clearer targets in the fight for survival.

Derby and Forest were both in or around the bottom three in December.

At the time, Rotherham United were struggling for form and manager Paul Warne was asked to give his verdict on the scrap for survival come the end of the season.

Wednesday supporters may have felt aggrieved by the Millers manager’s comments.

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Warne told Rotherham’s official website how he believes Forest and Derby [not the Owls] would pull away to midtable, citing the latter with having ‘very good’ players for Championship level.

Ironically, the Millers have since done the double over Derby.

But the Rams have won four of their last five games under boss Wayne Rooney, with their latest victory over Middlesbrough pushing them up to 19th place in the table.

Forest, meanwhile, are further clear. The Reds have embarked on a run of just one defeat in 11 as Chris Hughton’s side are now up to 16th and six points shy of the top half.

Wednesday have arguably been the best of those down the bottom under Neil Thompson, winning six of their last nine games and collecting a hugely impressive 19 points.

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The Owls are on automatic promotion form. However, Thompson’s side are still in the bottom three as unfortunately for them, some of their relegation rivals have found form too.

Warne’s prediction is seemingly unfolding. Derby and Forest appear to have finally gotten over their poor start, and both clubs will set their sights on climbing higher up the table.

Wednesday’s fight for survival is arguably becoming clearer. Wycombe Wanderers, Birmingham City, Coventry City and Rotherham are now the standout candidates to finish above.

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