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Finishing touch

19 October 2017

Mark Warburton has encouraged his side to add the finishing touch in order to start taking their rewards from games.

The Reds were made to rue missed opportunities as they lost out to Derby County last weekend, and Warburton knows that his side must start to show a clinical edge in order to accumulate points.

He said: "We have reflected on the game and analysed it but we move on. It is about performances, the quality of those performances and the chances you create. We have been guilty of missing some key chances but the key is that we are creating them, home and away.

"I have no doubts about the quality of the players and the squad, their desire and their technical ability. If we were playing games, losing and not creating chances then we have a very difficult scenario. But we are creating chances and we need to take that final step, take the rewards, put the ball in the back of the net and claim the points."

Warburton confirmed that David Vaughan is back in contention having recovered from injury and Jamie Ward is also set to be involved again having come off the bench at Pride Park on Sunday. Matty Cash is also nearing a return but Jack Hobbs (back) and Chris Cohen (knee) remain sidelined.

The Forest boss is expecting a difficult afternoon when Burton visit The City Ground on Saturday but he has faith in his side to claim the victory.

He said: "There are no easy games. You have to have respect for your opponents, home and away. Nigel's affiliation with the club is well documented and we look forward to welcoming him to The City Ground.

"They will come here on the back of a good performance against Bristol City, a tough place to go, where they picked up a good away point.

"They are resilient, hard-working, well-organised, determined and they have quality and pace and power up top. We have analysed them as we do with every other team in the league and we look forward to a tough encounter."

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