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24 January 2017

Nottingham Forest interim manager Gary Brazil has asked for the same level of commitment from his players for the visit to Leeds United tomorrow night.

Brazil was delighted with his players’ efforts in the 1-0 win over Bristol City on Saturday and has asked for exactly the same for the clash at Elland Road.

He said: “I’m buoyed by the nature of the training sessions, by the commitment of the players and the fans saw that commitment on Saturday. 

“It is important for us that we understand where the fans are in the middle of this. The fans want to see us committed and they want to see some real honesty and we need to ensure that when the fans turn up, they know what they are going to get out of a Forest team.

“While I am in charge there will be a Forest team that gives a hell of a lot of commitment to the fans and you could see after the win the link between the fans and players was strong and the atmosphere in the changing was first class. We will carry that on into a tough game, Leeds are doing well but it is not insurmountable. The commitment will be there and we look forward to the game enormously.

“It is two massive football clubs that probably would not look out of place in the top league. It is always going to be a game that is well supported, the attendance should be good, Leeds are on a bit of a roll and we have hit some form – it should be a good game. 

“It is a good Leeds side that has got themselves into a good place in the league. They will be hard to play against at Elland Road but it might not be such a good time to be playing Forest right now.” 

Brazil says he will continue to prepare the team until told to do otherwise while the club searches for a permanent manager.

He said: “We have prepared as though myself, Jack [Lester] and Rob [Page] will take the players and they have trained really well this week after what was a pleasing start. I feel very good about the game, the state of the players’ mind is very good and we are looking forward to it very much.

“I’m not sure where the club is at in terms of appointing a new manager and from our point of view we are very focused on doing our jobs properly and are ready to go. From our point of view we are happy with how we are working on the training pitch and that showed on Saturday; hopefully we can carry that on into the game tomorrow night.”

With the January transfer window open, Brazil said there is funds to spend on the right players and is in discussions about who can be brought in to strengthen the squad for the rest of the season.

He said: “We would like to try and strengthen the squad and I know that I have trust from the chairman that I would like to recommend players to bring in. I can tell you exactly what players I want to sign for the academy but we have had to throw ourselves into the first-team picture and use the knowledge and contacts we have and we are working very hard on a number of different situations.”

Matt Mills came off with an injury on Saturday and is unlikely to be involved tomorrow night and Brazil does not expect to make too many changes for the trip to West Yorkshire.

He said: “I’m not sure how we are going to go yet but the 11 who played on Saturday gave a good account of themselves. Whoever plays on the pitch I would expect exactly the same level of commitment from them. I am not a fan of changing winning teams and only if forced to make changes will I, but everyone to a man has been working hard on the training ground.”


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