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We can hurt Wigan

23 February 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Gary Brazil says his side has the ability to hurt Wigan Athletic when the two sides meet at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

Brazil has been pleased with the performances The Reds have been putting in and believes the results will come if the players play like they did against Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday on a consistent basis.

He said: “It is another key game for us, as it was against Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday. There are three points up for grabs and we are aware of the where we are in the league and where Wigan are so a lot has been made of the fixture. 

“We were pleased with the performances against Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday and they warranted more than what we got from those games, and it is important that we stay calm and we do the things we believe are the right things and the results will come for us. 

“We went to Loftus Road on Tuesday and they are fighting for their lives. Warren Joyce has got them going and they are picking up a few points, not as many as us over the last few games, and we want to make the gap bigger between us.

“We expect to be competitive on Saturday and take points from the game. If you look at the games we have played, the Norwich fixture apart, we have been competitive in the games and we are working towards something. We are working hard on the training ground to get things in place that will enable us to be more competitive as the season goes on.

“There are key moments in games that we need to get right that will give us the points return that our performances deserve. We are pleased with the performances and disappointed with the points return; if we focus on our performances the points will come. 

“Wigan are organised and play with two banks of four and they will make it tough for us on Saturday. The young lad they brought in from Grimsby – Omar Bogle – is a threat and they have tightened up at the back. They aren’t conceding many goals and our job is to make sure we win that battle and when we have the opportunity to play we hurt them and we believe we have the ability to do that.”

Brazil said he is looking at the free transfer market to see if he can bring in extra cover for injured players, but some are close to coming back after spells on the sidelines.

He said: “We are looking and we are aware of key positions that we may need to strengthen but nothing has been finalised. We are conscious of certain areas that we may need to strengthen and some injured players are starting to get fit which means we don’t need to pursue that.

“We are looking at centre half and also we are a little bit light with the goalkeeper situation as well but from our point of view centre half is an area that we don’t have a lot of cover in. The players who have the shirt have been doing well and Joe and Danny did well on Saturday. We are not down to the bare bones but we are aware that we could do with a bit more cover.

“We have a couple of fitness tests tomorrow before we go off to Wigan but Mills, Hobbs and Mancienne are not a million miles away.”

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