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A mental battle awaits

5 April 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Paul Williams says the side are facing a ‘mental battle’ until the end of the season.

The Reds saw a 1-0 lead overturned by Reading in the second half at the Madejski Stadium this evening.

And Williams believes the problems that led to the defeat are mental, not physical.

The head coach said: “Phsyically we’re fine – mentally, that’s where it’s going to be tough from now until the end of the season.

“We kept our shape and scored a really good goal, but then they get a deflected goal and a long-range goal and we lose the game.

“The players are going to have to dig deep within themselves. We need to be positive and be high up the pitch at times, pressing in the middle areas like we did in the first half tonight.

“I think confidence plays a big part but everyone at the football club has to be mentally strong and focused on our next few games.

“I’m not faulting the players at all but going forward it’s going to be a mental battle.”

Forest’s cause was not aided by the fact Kelvin Wilson was forced off in the first half with a back spasm, leaving left back Danny Fox to fill in alongside Matt Mills.

The coach had positive news to report on the fitness of Michael Mancienne, however.

Williams said: “Mance won’t be out as long as people might have thought. He might be fit for the Brighton game – it’ll be touch and go.

“Lady luck’s not on our side at the minute. We’re getting a few bad cards dealt to us but we have to stick at it.”

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