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Together we are stronger

6 January 2017

Nottingham Forest defender Damien Perquis feels the squad needs to stick together and work hard to get back to winning ways, starting at Wigan Athletic tomorrow.

Perquis returned to the matchday squad in the defeat against Barnsley on Monday having missed the previous two weeks through injury, and feels that progress has been made in terms of performance.

He said: “We need something positive against Wigan because we are not in a good moment now so something positive would be great.

“We were unlucky and did some things wrong in some games. The last game is how we should look to play by being solid defensively but we need to look to score more goals. We have to work and when it is difficult we have to be together as together we are stronger.

“We are working with the staff and looking for the best team depending on the fitness of the players. They are looking at the best strategy and every day we are working well. 

“I think the defence were perfect last game and deserved a clean sheet. Mance and Hobbsy were good but it is not about the defence it is about the team and the group. We press together and doing things together to help each other.”

Perquis is looking forward to getting his first taste of action in the Emirates FA Cup, a competition that he is well aware of due to its popularity around the world.

He said: “It is very famous and very popular in France. You can be a little team and beat a big team, it is about dreams and it is a good competition to play in and to win. 

“The mood would be helped a lot with a win. When you start a week with a defeat the mood is not great so we have to break the bad run we are on. It will help in terms of confidence and the way we play. 

“The cup is different to the league but it is a team we have played in the Championship. The rank in the league means nothing. You saw last week that Blackburn beat Newcastle so I don’t look at the ranks. 

“We have had some good periods. Against Newcastle we played very well in the first half then the goals came after the red card. We are a little bit unlucky and against Barnsley we were a bit shy in the first half but in the second we were good. We created some chances but didn’t score then they scored an unbelievable goal. 

“We need to be a little bit lucky and we have to find it. I think we are progressing in terms of solidity in terms of shape defensively and if we can score goals then victories are coming.”

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