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Kick off 11:00 (UK)

30 January 2021 Venue The Nigel Doughty Academy Attendance

Kick off 11:00 (UK)

Nottingham Forest
0 - 1
Sheffield Wednesday

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Match preview: Under 18s vs Sheffield Wednesday

29 January 2021

Nottingham Forest Under 18s return to action on Saturday morning as they entertain Sheffield Wednesday at The Nigel Doughty Academy (kick-off 11am).

The Reds head into the game on the back of some strong recent performances and head coach Gareth Holmes say his side must now try and convert those displays into positive results.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's game, he said: "We always want to win games, there's no doubt about that but I've said to the boys that they need to focus on their performances because good performances bring good results. All we can do is concentrate on our own displays and the results will take care of themselves from there.

"I think there have been some strong performances from individuals over the last few weeks however, at times, mistakes have cost us. In the last five games, I think there has only been one which we've deserved to lose and those fine margins have gone against us. We haven't got what we've deserved from games in terms of results but we need to make sure we keep focused on the performances and then the results will follow.

"We always focus on the individual development of the players so whether that is a second-year Under 18 or an Under 16 playing in the group, you have to understand where the challenge point is for those players because they develop at different rates. Saturday presents us with another opportunity for the players to show us what they can do.

"We've played a number of Category One teams in recent weeks when we've not had scheduled league games and we've beaten them so it shows when we have our strongest side out that we can match anybody. 

"I'm proud of how the boys have coped with the off-field challenges this season. As an academy we strive to look after the person as well as the player so I think its key that the players come in and try to find a release in football and enjoy what they do. We all feel restricted and confined at times but what we have to hold onto is that we're in a really privileged position where we can go out and play football and for that we are extremely fortunate."

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