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Lamouchi: We need to be efficient

9 December 2019

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Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi has called for his side to be more efficient at home as Middlesbrough are the opponents at The City Ground tomorrow night.

The Reds drew a blank last time out on Trentside against Cardiff and Lamouchi is keen for his side to continue to perform but take their chances ahead of the first of two home games this week.

He said: “At home, we know we will have with a full support behind the team. The players are doing well, they are working well. We know that Christmas time is very busy and an important time for the club but a tough time for the players. We try to prepare them for each game.

“We try to find the players with the fresh mentality, to enjoy the game and then rest. We have small training sessions to prepare and that is it, the players know exactly what they need to do.

“We are working for two victories and it is a great opportunity. Playing at home, we know we are expected to take the maximum points. We know the situation in The City Ground but we just need to give confidence to the players.

“The way we have played is right and we need to have that winning mentality to take our chances in the box, be more efficient in front of goal. The commitment is good, we are creating chances so we just need to be more efficient.”

Middlesbrough picked up a much-needed 1-0 win against Charlton on the weekend and Lamouchi is aware of the threats they can pose on Tuesday night.

He said: “It won’t be an easy game, for sure, and my players know that. We will face a team with decent results in the last five games, just one defeat against Leeds. It is not easy to play against them.

“I am focused on us because at home we need take the game, to try and play and we need to improve. About the opponent, we know the problems they can cause at The City Ground but we have to play with confidence and trust in ourselves because we have been playing well at home. Unfortunately, it is not enough – last time against Cardiff we created a lot – and we need to take our chances and be more efficient in front of the goal.”

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