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Responsibility to the fans

23 August 2017

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Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton says his side have a responsibility to the travelling fans to put on a performance against Newcastle United tonight.

The Reds fans have shown fantastic backing so far with big crowds for the home wins against Millwall and Middlesbrough as well as for the away trips to Brentford and Barnsley, and Warburton knows they will be there in big numbers again at St James' Park.

He said: "It is a tournament the club has entered and it is important for us. When you have paying fans coming to watch us on a Wednesday night you have a responsibility, whatever the competition, to perform in the manner expected of a Nottingham Forest player.

"The crowd are desperate for success. They have had a tough few years and it has been a long time since the club has been in the Premier League. The owners have come in and made an immediate statement of intent, on and off the pitch. They have backed the team and there has been lots of positive change and the fans are responding.

"The way in which the fans have backed us so far, both home and away, has been outstanding.

"Our job is to recognise the responsibility that we have as a group of players and staff. Our job is to sell out The City Ground and we do that by making sure that the people enjoy coming to support their team. We had 3,000 at Barnsley, a full end at Brentford and our job is to recognise that responsibility and enjoy it.

"It is not cheap following your team, especially home and away, and we have to make sure it is an enjoyable experience for them. We try and play the game in the way we do, with a level of tempo and with a level of consistency and quality and to get the rewards as well."

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