Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka said that his side need to get back to the intensity that saw them go seven games unbeaten prior to the international break.
The Reds lost 2-1 against Norwich at The City Ground on Saturday and Karanka wants Forest to get back into their rhythm against Bolton on Wednesday night.
He said: “It is something that we are working on at the training ground. In the last two weeks we worked really well but had players who went to play for their national teams.
“It is not an excuse, but if you are away with the national team and do not play or train, you would have that time to rest and you end up coming back worse.
“But for sure, we will be better than last Saturday because the team in the last month was really good. I want to think that last Saturday was an accident and to keep going.”
Forest lost away to Bolton on the final day of last season, and that match is still in the manager’s mind as The Reds get set to travel to the University of Bolton Stadium.
“It will be a tough game,” he said. “We played against them in the last game of last season and we know how tough that game was at the time.
“That game for them was their life and they will want to win every game this season to not arrive to that position. It will be a tough game but we need to recover our intensity and playing at our intensity we have showed that we can beat teams like Middlesbrough, nearly beat West Brom who are much better than them, and other teams at the top of the table.”