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Clinical finishing can make the difference

7 April 2017

Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn said The Reds need to be more clinical in the final third as they get set to take on Huddersfield Town tomorrow.

Forest have embraced the possession-based style of play that manager Mark Warburton has introduced and Osborn believes that now they have had time to work on their game, it will start to produce results.

He said: “We are having a lot of the ball which is something we haven’t been used to this season. Results haven’t gone totally our way but hopefully it should suit us more now we have had time to work under the new gaffer to make The City Ground a bit of a fortress. 

“It is something we need to work on. Playing out of the back, it does take a bit of time to master it, but we have the players that are good enough to do it. It suits us down to the ground and we need to be brave on the ball, everyone needs to want it and we need to look after it when we have got it. 

“We have had Vaughan holding the midfield and recently it has been me, Chris and Cloughy rotating and almost having a free role when we are in possession. It is very difficult to mark and you can see, when we look back at the videos, that we are not getting picked up and are distracting them. That is where are chances are coming from and we just need to be more clinical in the final third. 

“We surprised Preston massively, I don’t think they were expecting that at all. They had to change formation through the game, the same with Derby. We need to take advantage of that and get the goals and then I think we will be alright.”

The Reds return to The City Ground on Saturday after two away fixtures and Osborn is confident they can use it to their advantage, but whoever the opposition is he feels that The Reds need to focus on their own game.

He said: “It will be good to play in front of the home fans again. Our form has been good here overall and it is a big game on Saturday and there is a lot to play for.

“There is a good vibe in the changing room and everyone is positive. We can make the pitch big at The City Ground and take the game to them on Saturday.”

He added: “Naturally after a game you want to look at the other results. We did that on Tuesday then the gaffer said that we have just got to concentrate on ourselves. We can’t affect anywhere else so we don’t need to put added pressure on ourselves. We need to play our football, play our way out of it, be brave on the ball and looking at other results will just hinder that. 

“We are just going to focus solely on ourselves. I know it is what everyone says but we need to take it game-by-game and concentrate on ourselves.”

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