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Brazil pleased with response

20 January 2017

Nottingham Forest interim manager Gary Brazil has been pleased with the response of the players as they prepare to take on Bristol City tomorrow.

Brazil has been taking charge of the first team, alongside Under 23s head coach Jack Lester, after the club parted company with Philippe Montanier last week and he feels the players are well prepared for the match at The City Ground.

He said: “It has been a very good week and the players have worked really hard on the training ground. I am really pleased with the response that myself and Jack have got from them and everyone is prepared for Saturday.

“We found out on Saturday night that Philippe had left and the chairman asked me to step in on a caretaker basis. I got Jack in immediately and we have been told to carry on. We will get the players properly prepared; the players have trained well this week and responded well to us. 

“We have brought a greater intensity to the training which the players have enjoyed. The week has been a whirlwind and we are looking forward to preparing ourselves tomorrow when we get in to have a really good go at this game to get three points.”

Henri Lansbury left the club on Friday, joining Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee, and Jamie Ward returned to the club after his loan at Burton Albion was terminated and Brazil feels the club needs to press on to strengthen the team in the transfer window.

He said: “I was aware of what was happening with Henri. I spoke to him on Monday and he was happy to train with us which he did. If he had been here through the weekend he would have played tomorrow and he would have been happy to do that. I am disappointed to see him go but respect the opportunity that he had. 

“Wardy was one that we had an opportunity to bring him back from Burton. There was no recall in the loan so we needed an agreement between Burton, ourselves and the Football League which we negotiated over the last 24 hours. We are pleased to see him back with us and he is another player we can look to use tomorrow.

“I have a say in transfers and am involved in the discussions. I am speaking with the chairman on a daily basis and the potential for players coming in and coming out. It is important we try and strengthen the squad in the next few days. It will be club decisions but I am in the process of discussing it. I will put recommendations forward as well and we will have a discussion over which players are right for the squad going forward.”

Brazil believes it is important that the fans show their support for the team tomorrow and get behind the team to help them get three points.

He said: “My message to the fans is to get behind the team; that is the most important thing and from our point of view winning a game of football is the most important thing. The fans love this football club and they will want to see a team that represents them and we have been trying to make sure that happens tomorrow. I will put a team out that will get the crowd behind us and between ourselves and the crowd we need to create an environment that makes it very difficult for Bristol City. 

“Bristol City will be competitive. We went to watch them at Fleetwood in the week and they will get a lift from that result. We are expecting a tough game but I firmly believe it is a game that we can win.”

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