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Brazil building on positive feeling

9 February 2017

Nottingham Forest interim manager Gary Brazil is looking to carry on the positive feeling from last week’s win into the match against Norwich City on Saturday.

Ben Brereton’s injury-time strike sealed a dramatic win over Aston Villa at The City Ground and Brazil is hoping to build on that for the trip to Carrow Road.

He said: “For us to finish the game the way we did on Saturday, and the positivity in the stadium at the end of the game, you could see the unity of the players and staff that it was a positive experience and we carry that forward into the game on Saturday. 

“We have a big game against Norwich at Carrow Road and we have prepared really well this week. We had a really good session on Tuesday that upped the tempo and distances covered in training and they bought into it fantastically. 

“Today we had a couple of different elements that went really well so we are buoyed; the players are at it and desperate to get a shirt so we have some decisions to make before the weekend.

“We are going about things professionally and the players are appreciating the environment that we are creating and that is showing on the pitch. We said early on that we would put a team out there that is committed, had character and would fight to the end to get the best results for Nottingham Forest and we are showing that we are true to our word.

“They are a good side; they have Premier League quality. I saw that on Tuesday night when you look at the names and you recognise them from playing in the Premier League last season. They are a big, strong side and will cause problems but we are there to cause other teams problems as well and we are positive about what we can do to other teams.”

Brazil feels that making training as competitive and as similar as matches as possible has only helped to improve performances and the desire to put on the red shirt.

He said: “The boys are keen to get a shirt and those that don’t have it are with us and desperate for the opportunity to get it and grab it. Everything is in a positive place and I am pleased that it has got there quickly. As long as we are in charge we will continue to do that going forward.

“I can only pick 18. I have got a number of really good players that don’t get changed on a matchday at the moment, some on the bench that are desperate to play and those that are playing are pleased they have the shirts. You can’t please everybody and you have to make decisions. At the moment decisions are going well as we are getting results and we will have to continue to make the right decisions.

“Our belief is that you make training very similar to matches. If you train at the intensity you’ll play at in games then it won’t feel different when you play in matches. We have built on that and have found we have got some good returns. 

“It is not easy to play against Forest now and it is not easy to get time on the ball. With the ball we are getting better and better and there are elements to improve on. Without the ball, as a group of players, everybody works hard for each other and we don’t carry anybody. To be successful in the Championship we have to be a team that works hard with the ball but is hard to play against without the ball and that has come on in the weeks since we have been with them.”

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