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Finding a way to win

27 November 2015

Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock says the team must take responsibility for recent frustrations.

Blackstock was a second-half substitute in Saturday’s agonising defeat at Brentford, a match which Forest dominated.

And, rather than feeling sorry for themselves, Blackstock says it’s up to the players to start getting the wins their performances deserve.

He told Forest Player HD: “It’s been the same story week after week. We’ve been dominating teams but not coming away with the win. We’ve got to change it. We can’t carry on like this. We’ve got to find a way to win football matches.

“I think the key is to go back to basics - to what you know you’re good at and what’s got you this far in your career.

“I don’t think it’s time to start shooting from distances or angles you wouldn’t normally, just desperately trying to get off the mark. I think it’s about staying focused and relying on what you know best.

“For us, especially after last week, we want to get back out on the pitch and put it right.”

Blackstock could be in line to face a Reading side who have suffered few problems in front of goal this season.

Nine-goal Nick Blackman is along the league’s top scorers, while only two Championship teams have scored more than the Royals overall.

And, while Blackstock says he and his team-mates will be looking to take the game to Reading, he accepts a resolute defensive display is required tomorrow.

He said: “I think that’s been our strong point – we’ve been very solid defensively. Reading are a good side. They’ve been playing well and they’ve got good width and put a lot of balls in the box – something we need to start doing. Tomorrow is a good day to start.

“It’s up to us give the fans something to shout about. We need to perform, play on the front foot. We need to come with tempo and energy to get the supporters behind us, and if we do that I think we will go a long way towards winning the game.”

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