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O'Neill on Middlesbrough

21 April 2019

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill is hoping to get a victory for the home supporters on Monday as The Reds welcome Middlesbrough to The City Ground.

He said: "We have three games to go and naturally, we need to try and win some of them.

"Middlesbrough will be a tough game. They have been in the play-off situation for some considerable months. They lost five or six games on the trot and they have been able to rectify that with a couple of victories and they have given themselves a chance.

"It is a difficult league and those things you can get to expect. I looked at Sheffield United and they lost a few at the beginning of the season, so you can pull it round in a 46-game season.

"We just need to try and get some energy back. It is a quick turnaround and we have to go and try and win in front of our home fans.

"I will probably freshen things up; Colback is out and Benalouane too so there will be some changes."

He added: "Of course it would be nice to get the win for the home fans. We have lost a couple of matches at home; I lost my first game against Bristol City and then a couple after that against Aston Villa and Blackburn. We have won some games at home too but it has been that type of season.

"It has been inconsistent and that is something we have to rectify for next year."

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