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We need to stick together

11 March 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Gary Brazil says everyone needs to stick together if The Reds are going to pull away from the relegation zone after the defeat to Burton.

Cauley Woodrow’s goal was the difference at the Pirelli Stadium in a disappointing performance, and Brazil feels his side needs to show character to bounce back.

He said: “It was a very disappointing result. I thought the game was a dour affair and there wasn’t a great deal in the game. There were few clear-cut chances created by either team. 

“We have shown a bit of naivety in conceding possession in the bottom third of the pitch which has resulted in us conceding the free kick which they scored from. I don’t recall Burton creating many chances in the game but the bigger problem is that we didn’t create many ourselves and that gives us real problems. 

“It is not a good result, it is a disappointing result and it puts us two points above the relegation zone. We have got to be realistic about this now. I have said all the time that relegation is not something I am worried about and that result puts us closer to it. We have got to acknowledge where we are, get closer as a group and show character to get ourselves out of it. 

“A little bit of anxiety would kick in when you find yourselves in the situation we are in now. We have got to show the quality and characters that are in the changing room but we need to stick together as a group. We win together, as we were excited after the win last week, and we lose together as well and stick together and that is what we have got to do now.”

Brazil was left frustrated at the lack of clear chances created by The Reds given the amount of attacking players on the pitch and is aware it is an area that needs improving.

He said: “It is baffling and it is something we need to work on. We do a lot of work with the strikers and Jack Lester does a lot of little practices on finishing and developing play in the final third. Too often we are not creating clear-cut chances and that is something we need to remedy, and remedy it quickly. 

“I know, through working with these guys, the quality they have got and we have got to show a real character now that when it comes to matchday, that is when you earn your money. We have got to be able to perform when it matters.”


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