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Returning to form

26 February 2016

Nottingham Forest midfielder Gary Gardner says the club’s recent unbeaten run remains at the forefront of the players’ thoughts.

The Reds went 13 league matches without defeat before falling short against Huddersfield and Burnley.

But Gardner believes the squad can recreate the performances and resilience they showed over the course of their good run when Bristol City arrive on Trentside tomorrow.

The Aston Villa loanee told Forest Player HD: “That’s what all the lads are speaking about. You don’t go 13 games unbeaten if you’re not a good side.

“There’s a good group of lads here and if we stay strong and get some goals we’ll be fine. It happens in football – you go on a good run then have a little blip.

“The 13-undefeated, the 1-0 away wins at Middlesbrough and Leeds and the convincing win against Bolton are fresh in our minds.

“Hopefully we can take that into the next few games.”

Bristol City suffered a heavy defeat in midweek but have enjoyed something of a mini-resurgence since Lee Johnson’s recent arrival as manager. 

And, while Gardner has victory in his sights, he accepts it won’t be an easy match against a group of players battling against relegation while trying to impress their new boss.

The midfielder said: “You can’t take anyone lightly in this league. They lost 4-0 to Brighton in midweek but that means nothing.

“It’s a new start for every player there. They’ll be at it, fresh and lively but hopefully the class and quality in our team will sort that out.

“We look at it as a must-win game. We know it will be tricky but we’ve just got to set up to beat them.

“I think the fans deserve a good, convincing win at home and the lads are trying their hardest to produce that. Hopefully it will come tomorrow.”

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