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We have belief

1 April 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Mar Warburton feels with more belief his side can consistently put in good performances as they did in the 1-1 draw with Preston.

The Reds dominated possession and could have won the game but Aiden McGeady’s goal cancelled out Britt Assombalonga’s opener and Forest had to settle for a point.

Warburton was delighted with his side’s effort to pick up a well-earned point.

He said: “The first ten minutes they were a threat and we had to defend our goal which we did very well. The next 30 to 35 minutes I thought we were very good; we moved the ball, dominated possession and got the goal which was pleasing, but we had chances and could have gone in at half time two or three up. 

“We didn’t and we expected a reaction and it is a tough place to come and get points. In the first 20 minutes of the second half we were under the cosh a bit and we dropped too deep. But the boys found a solution and we looked fit, we looked strong and it says something of the quality of the players that they feel disappointed that they have dropped two points.

“They have good quality and it is about the belief. There is no doubt about the quality and the desire, they just need the belief to know how good they can be. They have worked hard all week and I am delighted for them to come here and get a point.”

Warburton was also delighted with Assombalonga’s contribution as he struck his first goal since February.

He said: “He has got pace, power and it is about belief. He is a very talented player and has an eye for a goal. He can rough up defenders and with a bit of belief and confidence and he will be fine. He is being pushed and the other players are pushing him so it is good to have that competition. We challenge them every day in training and they have responded.”

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