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Forest firepower delights Brazil

3 February 2017

Nottingham Forest interim manager Gary Brazil is delighted with the firepower at his disposal ahead of the clash with Aston Villa tomorrow.

The deadline-day additions of Ross McCormack and Zach Clough add to the forward options available for Brazil and he hopes they can help fire The Reds up the table.

He said: “It is strong. It was lovely to see Britt score a couple of goals on Tuesday and Ben had a fantastic debut running himself into the ground; he will take a lot from that and learn from it. 

“To bring in the quality of a player like Ross McCormack, who is proven at this level to score goals, is great. I took some advice from Brian McDermott who was the manager at Leeds and he spoke glowingly about Ross. It took him about five minutes in training to gain the players’ respect completely and his ability in front of goal was encouraging. 

“The young lad from Bolton I have known for years and Zach is a different type of player. He will benefit us by playing in behind strikers and he will offer a quality of play and has a really nice feel for the ball. He will score and create goals. 

“We have also still got Apostolos Vellios and Nicklas Bendtner so we have a lot of firepower and the big job for us is to pick the right combination and make sure we are scoring goals and giving teams problems.

“We are growing a very big squad so competition for places is very tough. Getting picked for games will be something that players will be pleased with and those who miss out will be disappointed. The hope is that disappointment manifests into a desire to get a shirt to help us push on up the league. 

“It is not easy to come to The City Ground now, the results are getting better and it is a lot harder to score against us so we can look forward to the second half of the season.”

McCormack, along with fellow new signing Aaron Tshibola, will be unavailable to play against their parent club as part of their loan deals, and Brazil is expecting a tough game against a talented Aston Villa side.

He said: “I’m expecting a tough game. We were pleased with what we have done in the transfer window but in the last few weeks Steve Bruce has done a lot of work with his squad, he has brought a lot of talent in so it will be a tough game. But we are a good squad and we have added to that in the last few days and it is a game we are looking forward to.” 

There has been speculation in the press that Brazil will stay in his role until the end of the season, but he is focusing on the task at hand until he is told otherwise.

He said: “I’m not aware of the reports. I did see Fawaz yesterday along with Jack [Lester] and we had a long conversation about a number of things. We have not been told that and we are in the same mode that we are doing this on a game-by-game basis and we are planning properly for tomorrow. 

“I am enjoying this role and I think we are doing it well. If there was a change and we were to revert back to our original roles we would get on with it. As things stand I think we are making a really good go of it, the response has been good in the changing room and the results are good.”

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