Nottingham Forest temporary manager Gary Brazil has called on his players to show “professional pride” in Saturday’s final match of the season against Brighton and Hove Albion (kick-off 12.15pm).Should Oscar Garcia’s Seagulls better Reading’s result against Burnley they will reach the Sky Bet Championship playoffs for a second successive season. But Brazil expects his men will provide a significant hurdle for the south-coast side to overcome.
Speaking this morning to Forest Player, Brazil said: “We have a responsibility to ourselves to give a good performance, and also to the league because Brighton and other clubs are still pushing for the playoffs.
“I’d imagine there will be another good attendance – the fans have been fantastic home and away – and we need to put in a performance for them as well. It’s a big game with a lot riding on it, we’re on television again and there’ll be a big audience. We have to have professional pride and make sure we do the job properly.
“Brighton play a good style of football, which should suit us as it will allow us to play as well. We’ve treated this week like any other and we’re going for the win.”
Tomorrow’s match will be Brazil’s last in temporary charge ahead of Stuart Pearce’s arrival in July, and the Academy manager will reflect fondly on his time at the helm.
He said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s been a real challenge for Jimmy Gilligan, Steve Sutton and me but we’ve tried to be very honest in everything we’ve done and I think we got a good response from the players.
“We’re all disappointed we haven’t taken the season into the final game but, looking back, I think we’ve done a decent job.
“After the match we’ll go back to our roles in the Academy, which we’ve always enjoyed, and look forward to good times going forward.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.