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Each game is like a cup final

31 March 2017

Nottingham Forest striker Apostolos Vellios said the final eight games are like cup finals as The Reds aim to avoid relegation, beginning with the trip to Preston.

The Greek striker said each match is equally important in the final stages of the season and is confident Forest can get a result at Deepdale on Saturday.

He said: “We are playing eight cup finals now; the first game is Preston away. Every game is difficult and we need to see each game differently. We don’t have much time; we have five games in almost two weeks and we just need to focus. Preston are a good team, but all we care about is us.

“We know where we are but we are confident and we have to play well in the next few games. The equaliser against Derby was a big confidence boost for us and for the fans as well. Without the fans we cannot play as well as we can and we all need to be together through the good things and the bad things.”

Vellios, who was away on international duty with Greece over the past fortnight, said training under new manager Mark Warburton has been tough but the players have taken to it well.

He said: “I was with Greece but then back again at Forest in the last week and we have been really focused on the next game against Preston. Mark is different to the other coaches we have had and I think we look sharper in training. We know our position in the league and we are trying to concentrate more and be as good as we can in training and in games.

“He is trying to give us more confidence to play our football as we have quality players and we want to show that in the games. I am surprised at where we are in the table but that is football. The Championship is a crazy league but we have to look at each game differently. 

“He is an experienced coach and he has brought some confidence to the team. With every new manager you want to try your best to get in the team and in the squad and I hope we can all stick together now. 

“It has been a bit frustrating for me to not have a good run of games, but we have had time with the new coach to get organised ahead of the Preston game. All of the players are trying their best in training; it has been very hard so far and we are fully prepared for the game. 

“It is a big fight for places but the most important thing is to win and stay in the league. I really want to play but first we have to win the game. I have experienced this situation before but I am positive we will stay up.”

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