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Lichaj motivated to make amends

14 December 2016

Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj is aiming to use the defeat against Derby as motivation when Preston are the visitors to The City Ground tonight.

The Reds lost 3-0 at the iPro Stadium on Sunday and Lichaj said it was painful viewing watching back the 90 minutes, but it is important to learn from the mistakes made.

He said: “It is just one of those games where you wish never happens but it ended up happening against Derby. Now we have a game against Preston to think about and do well there.

"It is the same in any job, in any walk of life, not just in football – if you do not learn from your mistakes you are not going to be successful.

“It wasn’t enjoyable watching it back but everyone knew we had to go over it. The manager told us how it was in certain situations but it is done now and we need to move on to Wednesday.

"It is a motivation. We do not want to have to go through that again. We just want to get back to winning ways; we want to get the good feeling about the place and around Nottingham.

"We have watched videos of Preston now, in the last few days, to look at how we might be able to get the right result against them. That is what we are focused on now.”

Despite Sunday’s defeat, Forest have taken nine points from the previous four matches and Lichaj feels that playing so soon after the weekend can be a good thing.

He said: “It is nine points from 12 so we have points on the board and if we go back to winning ways it is 12 out of 15.

“I want to play; I don’t mind three games a week. It is better to play than train in my opinion especially after that defeat. We need to get back to winning ways. 

“It wasn’t a good result for us and there is no point looking back on it. I know the fans if they have friends on the Derby side they will have got some stick and on Wednesday that is our focus. We need to stop looking at Sunday as that is in the past, we need to look at Preston and then Wolves. 

“We looked at some videos and they play direct up to their main striker, and they have good guys to deliver crosses in with some good technical players. If we win our first and second balls for the majority of the game we should be able to produce some chances to score some goals.”

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