Nottingham Forest temporary manager Gary Brazil says he wants to see ‘pride and passion’ from his players during tomorrow’s vital game against Millwall (kick-off 3pm).Over 1,000 Reds fans made the trip to Ipswich on Saturday and the manager admits his players must now reward their home support with a committed and fighting display against Ian Holloway’s side.
Brazil told Forest Player: “The players are extremely motivated and I’ve been pleased with how they’ve worked on the training ground. There is definitely a bright feeling around the football club at the moment and I think the point at Ipswich has helped improve our confidence.
“Playing at home can sometimes be tougher than playing away. But we must now turn The City Ground into a fortress again and we rely on the supporters for that as well. This place has to be an intimidating ground for teams to visit.
“I thought the support we had at Ipswich was excellent. That was built on the fact the fans could see the players having a real go. We need to make sure we bring that out again tomorrow because the supporters will stay with us if they see pride and passion from the players.”
Yesterday saw the appointment of Stuart Pearce as Forest’s new manager from 1 July and Brazil says he is happy to know which direction the club is heading in as he takes charge until the end of the current campaign.
He said: “I’m pleased to have clarity on the managerial situation. Jimmy, Steve and I now know where we stand and know that we’ll be working with the players until the end of the season. Our job now is to get the most out of the players and make sure the end of the season is as far away as possible.
“We now understand our role and know that once Stuart walks through the door on 1 July, we can crack on working with the Academy. But from now onwards we can plan for the remaining fixtures and make sure we have the best chance of reaching the top six.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.