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No distractions

21 October 2016

Chris Cohen says the Nottingham Forest players must focus their thoughts on tomorrow’s game against Cardiff City at The City Ground (kick-off 5.30pm).

The Reds go into the game looking to get back to winning ways following the defeat at Blackburn on Tuesday night and the Forest captain says any media talk surrounding the club must not distract the players ahead of an important game.

He said: “We know football is a results-driven business and we completely understand the fans’ frustration after an unacceptable first-half performance on Tuesday night. It is up to us now to respond to that.

“Saying that off-field events are affecting us would be an excuse and anyone who says that is hiding the fact they’re not playing well enough. We’ve had halves of football where we’ve been good but that has to transfer into 90-minute performances now.

“It’s still a tight league and we know that if we can put a few results together then we can climb the table pretty quickly and get back to where we want to be. Talk is cheap though and now we have to get out there and produce a performance.”

Cardiff come to Trentside in good spirits after taking four points from their last two games but Cohen insists Forest’s display in their last home game against Birmingham proves they can beat any side in the division on their day.

He said: “Neil Warnock is a winner, he’s started very well at Cardiff and you know he will put out a side that’s difficult to beat. It’s not an easy game, as no game in the Championship is, but we’re confident of taking another three points at home.

“We showed against Birmingham that we can perform when the pressure is on and we need to do that again. A lot of people talk about team selection but everyone in the squad should be able to do the basics right."

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