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Brazil expecting a response

13 February 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Gary Brazil is expecting a response from his side as they make the trip to face Fulham on Tuesday night.

The Reds were on the end of a 5-1 defeat against Norwich City on Saturday and Brazil wants his side to show character to bounce back at Craven Cottage.

He said: “From our point of view it had been good news so far, then Saturday was a bit of a thunderbolt. We didn’t play at the level we can do but we played against top-class opposition who hurt us with their finishing. 

“But that is what you build success on; failures sort us out as a group, sort out our character and you will see what we are about tomorrow night. We expect a strong response and we are looking forward to the game.

“Fulham want to play and want to get it down. They have a system they like to play and they are good at home so it is a good challenge for us. 

“They are a team that want to get the ball down and pass. They send their full backs on high and split their centre halves to develop the play from the back and have good movement in midfield. They have a good record at home and will keep going until the last whistle. We have got to be prepared to match them up, win more duels than we did on Saturday and cause them problems in their defensive half.”

Forest have struggled on their travels this season with just two league wins away from home and Brazil knows that is an area that the side need to improve on.

He said: “I don’t sense it is a problem with the group and I have only been involved with them for a short period of time. I know how good our home form is and I am really pleased that the three home games we have been in charge of we have won. 

“It is something that we need to improve and it will be a collective effort to start ensuring we get some points away from home. We can’t just rely on our home form to get some points and because we are becoming effective at home we need to back it up with away performances. 

“We have had two games away so far. At Leeds I thought we were competitive and a set piece and a worldy at Elland Road hurt us and I was pleased with the performance. 

“On Saturday we got hurt by some quality finishing and I didn’t think the difference between the sides was four goals. It is an experience we will learn from and a bit of failure doesn’t hurt you because you find more about yourselves as a group and I expect a strong reaction tomorrow.”

Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson is likely to miss the rest of the season after picking up an Achilles injury in the defeat against Norwich and Brazil said it is a big blow.

He said: “It’s not good news unfortunately. He has had a scan this morning and there is a problem with his Achilles that is being operated on today. It looks like we have probably lost him for the rest of the season and that is really disappointing considering how well he has played over the last few weeks and how important he has been for us. 

“The rehab will start straight away and he is in really good hands but we still have Vlad who has played a lot this season so we are lucky to have such a strong back-up. We have two young goalkeepers in Jordan Smith and Dimitar Evtimov who are keen to get a game so we have good competition for that role. As much as we are going to miss Stephen it gives the others an opportunity. 

“There are three keepers who will fight for the place and whoever gets it tomorrow will be in charge of the situation and has the chance to keep the shirt.”

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