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Coping with the demands

26 December 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton knows that his side will have to cope with the demands of a busy schedule and an expectant City Ground crowd against Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon.

A bumper crowd is set to be on Trentside today and The Reds boss is aware of the physical and mental pressure these festive games can put on his players.

He said: "The British public love this Christmas period for these games and I am sure there will be two huge crowds at The City Ground which will be magnificent.

"But it places such demands on the playing squad and the individual players as well. People talk about using the squad, but every manager or player will tell you about the demands.

"We just have to make sure we recover as best as possible, make sure we refuel and rehydrate. It is so important and if we can maximise that then I am sure we will be in good shape come 3pm on Boxing Day."

A packed out City Ground is what Warburton aspires to have every week, but he knows that it can only be achieved by his side performing on a consistent basis.

"Our job has to be to fill The City Ground as many times as possible," he added. "If we are doing that, it means the fans are enjoying following their team and are enjoying coming to The City Ground.

"That is our overall responsibility and the more times we can do that, the more the fans will enjoy what they are seeing and the better position we will be in.

"It is a very simple formula and we need to keep doing it. We can't be daunted or overawed by it, we need to enjoy it. This is a tremendous football club, with great support at a magnificent football stadium – go an enjoy being a good player."

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