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Time to step up

15 October 2015

Nottingham Forest defender Jack Hobbs says he and his team-mates must ‘step up’ in the absence of The Reds’ suspended and injured players.

Dougie Freedman faces a tough team selection ahead of tomorrow night’s match against Bristol City, with a number of players having to be left at home on the treatment table.

His cause isn’t aided by suspensions for Eric Lichaj (one match) and Matt Mills (three matches) – two key figures in Forest’s back four so far this season.

But Hobbs says tomorrow’s starting 11 must be prepared for a battle against a team desperate for victory.

The defender told Forest Player HD: “Eric and Millsy are big losses for us, but it’s up to the rest of us to step up and do our bit.

“It’s going to be a tough game. Bristol City are in need of some points and we’ve got to make sure we’re on it – whoever plays. They’re going to be fighting for absolutely everything.

“But I think the way we’ve been playing lately is positive, although we probably haven’t got the points we deserve. We’ve got to go out and do what we do best – get on the front foot, get in their faces.”
Forest were left frustrated by Hobbs’ former club Hull last time out, and he knows what must improve if The Reds are to pick up three points this weekend.

He said: “Probably the mentality for the 90 minutes. We switched off at a corner against Hull and conceded a goal that ultimately proved decisive.

“It’s frustrating because I think on another day we’d have got two or three goals and the game’s wrapped up.

“We’ve got to make sure we do things right and see it through.”


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