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Britt and Henri hoping for more luck

2 November 2016

Nottingham Forest pair Britt Assombalonga and Henri Lansbury are hoping for luck to be on their side as they are eager to put things right ahead of the clash with Queens Park Rangers.

Both players viewed the 2-0 defeat at Reading last week as a missed opportunity to take three points as chances came and went, but they are determined to make sure that The Reds pick up three points for the Kids for a Quid game at The City Ground on Saturday.  

Assombalonga said: “I think it is just not going our way. We are playing well, we just need something to go for us to get that confidence, and if that happens for us we won’t be sitting here talking about what is going on in the changing room.   

“There is no frustration, we are frustrated with the results but training is fun and hard and everyone is on it. It is just the waiting around until Saturday again, everyone wanted to play again on Tuesday to turn things around but time will tell and everything will come together when we have everyone back fit.”  

Lansbury added: “When the luck is going for you it is going for you. You hit shots and they fly into the top corner, or it drops to your team mates’ feet. We just have to dig in, we are training hard and last Saturday was an improvement. We will take the positives from that game and go again on Saturday.  

“We need a result, we built on our game on Saturday to play in the channels with two strikers and we did that effectively. We got runners off of them and Pajtim probably could have scored a hat-trick. But we go again and have seen a bit of QPR and will just get back on it and do what we are told.   

“We have a great squad, great manager and coaching staff, and the boys have got to put the performances in on the pitch; that is all that matters and if we all fight together we will pick up a result.”  

Despite speculation surrounding head coach Philippe Montanier’s position, both players came out in support of the Frenchman and feel that he is the right man to guide Forest up the table and turn the side’s fortunes around.  Assombalonga said: “We are all under pressure, it is not just him. We are down at the bottom and we don’t want to be there. It is frustrating for everyone but we just need to pull together to get the results.”  

Lansbury added: “It is a long season, the manager is new and we are trying to help him as players understand this league and once he finds his feet we will get a run together. He is a fantastic manager and it is only a matter of time before we set some fireworks off.  

“The fans have been fantastic for us through this spell. We haven’t hit the heights we are expected to hit but I think looking at it, we have a new manager with new players and a new team, but we should be doing better than we are. You can’t judge a manager in 14 or 15 games, he needs time to get his ideas across and when he does that it will be a different Nottingham Forest.”

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