Danny Fox has challenged himself and his teammates to get out of the blocks quicker in future matches following yesterday’s friendly defeat against Rio Ave.Forest struggled to impose themselves on their hosts in the opening 45 minutes, a point the full back revealed was raised by manager Stuart Pearce during the interval.
Speaking to Forest Player after the match, Fox said: “The gaffer says we show a lot of character and bottle to get on the ball in training.
“I don’t think we showed that, particularly in the first half, and he just told us to show a lot more bottle and to not come off the pitch regretting anything.
“We took to what he said really well. Everyone wanted the ball and Rio Ave couldn’t get out of their half in stages.
“We just need to, individually and collectively, start games a lot better.”
The Reds return to Nottingham this afternoon after a week-long stay in Portugal, and Fox believes the trip has served as ideal preparation for the challenging campaign ahead.
He said: “We’ve played two technically good teams over here.
“Porto B are really good at keeping the ball - foreign teams tend to be - and Rio Ave were another tough test.
“But they are the tests we need to have, especially if we’re going to set our aims high for the coming season.”
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