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Continuing to build as a team

15 February 2019

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Martin O'Neill said his side are continuing to develop and learn as Nottingham Forest get set to visit Preston tomorrow.

The Reds will be looking to pick up a second win in seven days after victory over Brentford last weekend and the midweek draw at West Brom, and O'Neill believes that The Reds are growing more organised and accustomed to the way he wants them to play.

He said: "You do need some sort of discipline and organisation and I think the players are working very hard. That's not to say that they haven't done all season as they have accumulated a number of points in this league and you don't get that by just hanging around.

"We have been trying to implement some things and I would say that players taking things in early on, trying to please a new manager and having to adjust to different instructions takes a bit of time to get used to.

"But, essentially, it is a game of football and you should have an idea that when you lose the ball, you get back into a bit of shape and try and win it back as quickly as possible. If you have possession of the ball you try and use it as well and intelligently as possible. A combination of all of that might see you getting results."

North End are in fine form and go into Saturday's game on the back of a six game unbeaten run, including a 3-1 victory over Norwich City on Wednesday night.

"Preston were very strong," Martin said. "Roy [Keane] went up to the game and he said they were very good and played well on the night against Norwich who are going strongly themselves. It will be a tough old game and that win will have boosted their confidence.

"If we had the three points away from home against West Brom, it would have been the first back-to-back games since September and that would have been a big confidence booster.

"We just have to try and win the game if we can. Some results you might think went okay for us in midweek but everything will be defined by what we do ourselves. We will try and win the game; it will not be easy and it will be a tough game for us."

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