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Focused on three points

13 December 2019

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Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi says his side need to find ways to break down their opponents at The City Ground as they get set to face Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.

The Reds have found life tough at The City Ground in recent games, drawing with Middlesbrough on Tuesday after a defeat against Cardiff, and Lamouchi is eager for his side to bounce back with a victory tomorrow.

He said: “We have regret from Tuesday as we missed two points, but we have to think positive and be positive. Tomorrow will be a different game, different opponent, different players and a different way to play.

“The players are focused on the game for tomorrow and this is positive. We have to try and continue to play in the same way. Cardiff was not a bad performance, the first half against Middlesbrough the same. We created a lot but we need to be more efficient and take our chances.

“We can never give up, we need to keep working, be positive and I would be worried if there were no chances and we were not playing good football.”

He added: “We need to find the solution. We need to be more patient, more pragmatic and don’t give anything to the opponent. We have played 20 games and to have 34 points is very good.

“Now, we need to find the solution as teams are now coming to The City Ground in a different way, just to defend like Hull, Cardiff and Middlesbrough.

“We need more options in our football and to be more patient. The players just want to make the fans proud, and there were a lot of people on Tuesday and it will be the same tomorrow. They want to make them happy, they play for that, for the victory and we have to keep going.”

Sheffield Wednesday are also a side fighting for a play-off spot and Lamouchi believes that having the Forest fans behind them can make a big difference.

He said: “Tomorrow will be a tough game, against a very good team. They are similar, they have players with Championship experience and the way they play is good.

“The manager is young but he has experience in English football, so what they are doing until now is good.

“It is two good teams in good positions after good starts. The key will be in the details; they have good players, like us, they are a good team, like us. Fortunately, we play at home so we have the fans. I know they are a bit disappointed but we have to be positive as we need them.

“The fans know the situation, that December is very busy, that our start was amazing and that the league is very tough, but they know especially that the players are doing well.”

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