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Get the ball down and play

14 April 2016

Andy Reid expects Nottingham Forest to get the ball down against Rotherham – but only after matching their opposition in the less glamourous aspects of the game.

The Irishman, who is assisting Paul Williams with first-team coaching, was impressed with the team’s second-half performance against Brighton on Monday night.

And Reid is looking forward to hopefully seeing more positive play at the New York Stadium on Saturday.

He told Forest Player HD: “We’re under no illusions that it’s going to be a really, really tough game. But we know, with the players we’ve got, we can go there and get a win.

“We’ve got some fantastic players and we’ve proved how well we can play when we get the ball down.

“Rotherham like to get the ball forward early and we’ll need to get men around them to win tackles and headers. We’ll need to work hard and play on the front foot – all the basics of the game that you would expect, we’ll have to do really well.

“If we do match them in those areas we feel we’ll be able to get the ball down, play football and exploit their weaknesses.”

Forest were applauded off the field on Monday night despite Steve Sidwell’s injury-time winner for Brighton.

And Reid was happy to see the players’ efforts recognised by the fans.

He said: “It was really good the other night to give the crowd that positive second-half performance – to give them something to cheer about and be proud of.

“And I think it showed that when we give them that, they respond.”

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