Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith says The Reds need to believe in themselves and build on their positive performances ahead of the clash with Wolves.
Two draws in Mark Warburton’s first two games in charge have produced good performances and Smith believes that the players have the confidence and belief to pick up crucial points playing an attractive, possession-based brand of football.
He said: “The confidence and belief is there and Mark is instilling it in us every day. We have gained two very good points and we were disappointed to only get a point at Preston which speaks volumes for the belief in the dressing room and how we can kick on from here. I do think we will be alright, we just need to believe in the manager and what he is getting us to do and the results will come.
“The new manager said that it starts with me and a lot of the time it has done, with us playing out from the back and I think we have surprised teams. In the first half, both Derby and Preston were a bit shell shocked at the football we were playing and we do have good ability throughout the squad.
“Once we start playing our stuff up to the final thirds of the pitch I become as much of a spectator as anyone and enjoy watching. I’ve got to make sure the defence is organised of course, but it is a joy to watch.”
Smith believes that if The Reds can maintain their Championship status this season, there is a really exciting future ahead for the club.
He said: “There are no easy games left and, because of the position we are in, there is pressure on those games. We have to go to Molineux with the belief that we are going to win, and I do, and we have to approach the games with that belief.
“The manager has come in and has been really positive and that gets passed on to you as players. His aspirations are already looking to climb well clear of the relegation zone before the final two or three games of the season.
“At the beginning of every season it is always about getting promoted. You get the feeling that the tide is turning and we have a manager with a defined plan and the means to carry it out and I think the potential is there to give it a real go.
“The young players are at the core of the side at the minute and that must be exciting for the fans. I would love to see if we can stay together and stay in the side, you can only start to wonder what can happen in two or three years’ time.”