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Channelling the frustration

22 December 2017

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Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton wants his side to channel their frustration into a positive performance at Preston tomorrow.

Warburton has been left rueing what may have been on the road this season, with The Reds often not taking their rewards from positive performances.

He said: "We have lost the vast majority of our games away from home. There is frustration from good performances and good halves of football, such as at Barnsley, Aston Villa, Reading and Bristol City – but that is not enough.

"We have to be more consistent over the course of 90 minutes. There are no excuses but there is a sense of frustration that our performances haven't often brought the points that they often deserve.

"I always see the post-match interviews from the players and the frustration and the anger from some players is evident, in that they have worked hard and not got the rewards.

"I hope that the players use that frustration and channel it wisely for what we know will be a tough game tomorrow."

Saturday's clash at Deepdale is the first in a busy Christmas and New Year period and Warburton knows he must manage his squad wisely to juggle the congested fixture schedule.

"We have to get the loading right in training," he added. "The players need to work but I am conscious of the very challenging demand on them in the coming days. We are trying to keep things short and sharp to keep the players in a good frame of mind so they are well prepared."

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