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Adlene's attention turns back to promotion

6 January 2019

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Nottingham Forest midfielder Adlene Guedioura says the team's Emirates FA Cup tie at Chelsea has given them a taste for Premier League football.

Alvaro Morata's brace saw the holders progress to the fourth round but Guedioura says The Reds must not let the result at Stamford Bridge distract them from their long-term target.

Speaking after the game he said: "When you play Premier League teams it makes you want to come back next season. We want to be playing big teams like this every week so we need to take what we've learnt from today and focus on the league.

"Promotion is still the number-one aim for us as a squad so we need to rest and recover well this week and get ready for a big game at Reading next weekend."

Forest produced a brave and battling performance in West London but Guedioura was disappointed that he and his teammates could not find a goal for the 2,860 Reds supporters to cheer in the away end.

He said: "It was a hard day and we had to run a lot! We kept it at 0-0 until half-time and then we tried to push on in the second half but they scored two goals from good crosses.

"We wanted to be solid and I thought we were in the first half and then unfortunately we allowed them to score from two crosses after half-time. Generally though, I thought we worked really hard and tried to stop them from creating chances.

"It was always going to be tough trying to come here and get a result. Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League with a quality squad but we kept working hard right until the end but just couldn't get that goal that our amazing fans deserved."

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