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Confidence is growing

11 February 2019

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Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill said that confidence is building and it will have to continue to grow if his side are to mount a play-off challenge.

The Reds secured a vital victory against an in-form Brentford on Saturday and O'Neill is aware that there is little room for error if they are to secure a spot in the top six.

He said: "Naturally, a victory of any description gives the team some confidence. To beat a side like Brentford, a terrific footballing side and as good a one as there is in the division.

"We need a lot of points and historically, with 15 games left, you're looking at two points a game which is a tough task to get into the possibility of one of the last places in the play-offs.

"Each defeat knocks you back and each victory gives you a chance again. The next couple of matches coming up are very important for us and there is not a great deal of room for manoeuvre.

"Because there are teams still vying for this, each team is capable of beating each other but at the moment we just have to try and deal with ourselves."

The Reds face a tough test against fellow play-off challengers West Brom tomorrow night with O'Neill well aware of the threat that The Baggies pose.

He said: "If we could beat West Brom, if we could beat Preston and if we could beat Derby then we would have nine more points.

"It might take us 12 games to get nine points – I don't know is the answer but it would certainly give us the confidence and that is important, important for the players more than anything else as it is them who play.

"West Brom are strong and they have proved that this season. They nearly avoided the clutches of relegation last season. It probably took them a few weeks to get used to not being in the Premier League and they have forced their way up the table.

"I don't think they've been too far away from it all season but you would expect them to be strong. We all expected them to be up there and they haven't disappointed."

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