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All-important victory

24 January 2019

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Martin O’Neill says now is the time for Nottingham Forest to start picking up victories if they are to challenge for promotion.

The Reds face Wigan Athletic at The City Ground on Saturday and O'Neill knows that every game is vitally important to close the gap on the top six and the promotion-chasing pack.

He said: "In the early part of the season, getting a couple of points behind or in front wouldn't make a great deal of difference. Every game in the second half of the season now as you start to count matches down is very important.

"Victory for us, for all sorts of reasons, just to get back to winning a game number one and two knowing that if you can get three points on the board, at least the gap has not widened."

Wigan arrive on Trentside without a win on the road since August but O'Neill is well aware of their threats and is expecting a difficult match.

With another sold-out crowd however, O'Neill wants to use that to The Reds' advantage and get the fans on board early on.

He said: "Wigan always find a way, they always do and the game will be really tough for us. We need to try and get some momentum going early on, carry the crowd with us and try to win the game as it is very important.

"We want to try and get forward and not spend 15-20 minutes defending outside our own penalty area. Let us get forward and have some decent play and try and win the game. If we can have a combination of all of that with some decent, exciting play and win the game, then hopefully the fans will invite themselves back for another game."

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