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Eyes on the prize

20 January 2017

Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj only has three points on his mind when The Reds take on Bristol City tomorrow.

Lichaj said he is not paying attention to anything that is happening off the pitch at the club and is determined to build on last week’s draw against Birmingham.

He said: “I can’t control anything that goes on outside the training ground or off the pitch. The most important thing for me is getting results for this football club. 

“For me personally it hasn’t been difficult to keep focus. I know there are things off the pitch that the fans aren’t happy with but I am focused on what I can control and how well I can play on the pitch. Going from last week we showed as a team that we can defend so hopefully we can do that tomorrow. 

“It is never a good thing for the manager to leave as Philippe is a good guy and a good manager but it is not a decision that the players make or can control. It is something you have to deal with as a player and move on because football moves on quickly.”

Gary Brazil and Jack Lester have been taking charge of training this week and Lichaj has been impressed with what they have done. 

He said: “Training has been a higher intensity and we have been working with Gary and Jack to get focused on tomorrow. I’m pretty sure all of the players have been through a change of manager before but it has been alright. It has been a quick turnaround and we are in a bad place results-wise so we just need to focus on getting a result.

“The players have taken to them well. Gary came in a couple of years ago and they are good professionals. They have got us working hard on the training ground and letting everyone know what to expect from Bristol City and how to set up so it should be good tomorrow.

“It would be very important to get a win. We are on the same amount of points so it would take us further away from the relegation zone and go ahead of them so it is important to win. We had a look at what they do and we are confident that we can exploit their weaknesses and get a result.” 

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