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Staying Alive

8 April 2014

Nottingham Forest temporary manager Gary Brazil says victory against Sheffield Wednesday this evening will keep his side’s playoff hopes alive.

A ten-game winless run has left The Reds five points behind 6th-placed Reading but Brazil insists the season is far from over yet.

Brazil told Forest Player: “We have six games to go. I think if you actually stop and look at some of the teams above us and consider their fixtures, it’s not over by a long way. But we do need three points.

“We need to make sure we give Sheffield Wednesday a tough early period in the game, go straight at them and ask them questions.”

Brazil watched Stuart Gray's side when they were narrowly beaten by Leicester on Friday night and knows they’ll provide a stern test.

He said: “We went down to Leicester on Friday night and they made a good fist of the game against a team that’s got promoted, so they’ll come here with some confidence.

“They’ve got legs in key areas and they ask some questions of you.”

Henri Lansbury and Kelvin Wilson made their comebacks from injury on Saturday and Brazil acknowledged the impact they made.

Brazil said: “Getting Henri and Kelvin onto the pitch was a big plus for us and we need to carry some of the momentum we built up in the second half into the Sheffield Wednesday game.

“Henri’s been champing at the bit, he’s that type of character, he’s very effervescent. It’s great to have him back around the place again and he made a difference when he came on.”

And they’ll both be in contention to start against The Owls as Brazil looks to get his side back on track.

He said: “We’re looking at one or two boys who picked up little niggles or knocks – we’ll be a lot wiser later on this morning when I speak with the staff.

“It’s ten games without a win – it’s about time that stopped.”

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