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Getting the work under our belt

15 July 2018

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Michael Dawson felt that Nottingham Forest’s match against Real Betis was another good workout for the team as the build towards the start of the season.

The Reds lost 1-0 against a Real Betis side which is set for Europa League football this season, and Dawson felt it was another good test.

Speaking after the game, he said: "Obviously Betis are a top team. We knew what it was going to be like, they have been back a little bit less time than we have but it was a test that we needed.

"We had a couple of in-house games, a game on Wednesday and it was a real test. I thought it was a good workout and the lads did well, it was just unfortunate that we couldn't hold on.

"It was a great save by Smudge actually but it just came back and fell to them unfortunately, but this time in pre-season is about getting your work under your belt.

"We all know the most important thing is the first game of the season so pre-season games you want to win, but it is about getting through them unscathed and getting the work under your belt."

Dawson believes that the training camp in Spain can only help bring the squad together as a group, and he feels that the unity is already showing among the lads.

"They are great lads," he said. "Some have got the vast majority of experience and we also have the vast majority of youth and excitement, so they keep the older ones young and the younger ones we keep on their toes to look after and you need a mix of both in the Championship. It is a long old season and the owners and the manager are certainly doing that.

"Maybe, for the foreign lads who haven't been in and around English football before, myself and the other players have come across them and made them feel welcome from minute one so I have loved that.

"From the foreign side of the lads, I am sure the togetherness you will see that you spend every minute together. It is a different side to just the training ground when you come in and go home and maybe don't spend as much time as you do when you are on trips.

"But it has been a good trip, one more game to go then back home to prepare for three more games that are coming up."

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