Tim Ream insists automatic promotion isn’t out of reach after Fulham’s fifth straight league win saw them climb into fifth place in the Championship.

The American defender helped the Whites their second clean sheet in a row at Craven Cottage as Slavisa Jokanovic’s side saw off Nottingham Forest in south west London on Saturday and revealed after the final whistle that, far from thinking about just consolidating their position in the play-off places, the Fulham squad hadn’t given up on catching Derby County, who still they still have to visit next month, in second place.

Ream told the Times:

I don’t think anyone is looking too far ahead. We’re so focused on the here and now, this run, and staying in the play-offs, trying to push for that second spot.

The 30 year-old centre back, who has missed just one of Fulham’s league fixtures this term, also commended Fulham’s business during the January transfer window, which saw the club hold onto the coveted pair of Tom Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon, despite significant Premier League interest in their services.

There was no way any of those players were going anywhere. There’s always media speculation but we knew within our changing room that no one was going. We’re obviously pleased that the team has stayed together and we’ve brought in three good players to help us push on. We have a lot of good players and teams are going to be sniffing around but our board and Tony Khan don’t need to sell at this point in time and they know we have something good going on right now. There’s no point in disrupting that and they’ve done a great job in telling other teams that.