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Managing the demands

12 September 2017

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With a demanding schedule, Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton says he will have to manage his squad over the coming weeks to get the best out of his side.

Tonight's clash with Sunderland is the first of three consecutive midweek fixtures and Warburton will need to utilise his squad to keep them fresh for each game.

He said: "We have to use the squad and considering we have a Saturday and Tuesday, there is a great demand on the Tuesday game going into the weekend. Sometimes an extra 24 hours can help and we are trying to look ahead and see what suits individual players and the squad.

"Right now, the priorities are the next game and we will have to put out the most appropriate team for the game to get the right result. Hopefully we can get the three points to take home then we can take it from there.

"The mood is good; we are just frustrated because we have dropped points. It is a results-driven industry and you live and die by the result. You can either come in ten feet tall or your head is in the sand and that is why we love the game. Our job is to go out and deliver the performances."

Sunderland haven't had the best of times at the Stadium of Light having failed to win on home soil in 2017 and Warburton knows that those sort of records mean nothing come kick-off.

He said: "Sunderland know the division and that it is tough and demanding. The gap between the top of the Championship and bottom of the Premier League is not vast at all.

"At any ground, home teams can get frustrated if the opposing team is dominating and you can hear that impatience. Supporters pay their money and they can vent their frustrations but this is a tight league, their supporters will realise that and they will back their team, as will the Forest fans.

"Our job is to go there, keep them quiet and try and turn them against their team but we recognise the challenge they pose to us."

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