Nottingham Forest midfielder David Vaughan says the two-week international break has allowed the squad to work on important tactical plans.
The 33-year-old retired from his international career in the summer and although Vaughan admitted it was a weird feeling not to join up with the Wales squad, he says he has experienced many positives from the two-week break.
Speaking to Forest Player HD he said: “It was strange not to be with Wales during the international break but it was good for me personally. It gave me a chance to work hard with the lads in training and also spend time with my family.
“We’ve been doing a lot of tactical work on the training ground this week and hopefully we can put that into practice tomorrow night. It is vital that we start winning games because we need that positive atmosphere around the club.
“I remember getting sent off in this game last season so hopefully I’ll get the chance tomorrow night to rectify that mistake. If we can get three points then it will give us a good confidence boost going into another run of matches.”
He said: “I think it’s been more of a mental problem in that we just haven’t been able to see games out. As soon as the opposition get a goal it seems they get another straight away so we need to improve our concentration as much as anything else.
“We’ve also struggled to find a balance between defence and attack this season. We’ve probably been over-committing when going forward and at times that has left us a bit exposed at the back which we need to correct.
“Philippe has been a really positive influence on the dressing room. Since he’s come in he has put his ideas and philosophies over to us but he’s also willing to listen to our ideas and together we’re hoping to start picking up better results."