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Aiming for a perfect finish

29 November 2019

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Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi wants his side to end the week in the best possible way when they entertain Cardiff City at The City Ground on Saturday.

Forest can stretch their unbeaten run to five matches following an impressive 4-0 away victory at QPR last time out and Lamouchi wants to close the week with another three points.

Speaking ahead of the game, he said: “We just need to start the game in the right way with a good attitude at The City Ground, where it will be probably sold-out.

“With our fans, we just want to make them happy at the end of the game. We need to close the week with the best result because after two games away at Bristol [City] and QPR – four points, two clean sheets. It’s fantastic but we need to take maximum points tomorrow at home.”

Cardiff have had a mixed start to the season, but manager Neil Harris has guided his side to four points in his first two matches in charge and Lamouchi heaped praise on the recently-appointed Bluebirds boss.

He said: “He [Neil Harris] did a great job at Millwall. He has started very well in Cardiff with two positive results, drawing at Charlton and the victory against Stoke.

“He has had a positive start and I know their players but maybe their system will be different. They have good players and a good team and it will be very tough for us but playing at home we need to create chances and to disturb them.”

The Reds currently sit in fourth in the Sky Bet Championship, five points off the automatic promotion places with a game in hand, but Lamouchi just wants to take every game as it comes.  

He said: “Honestly, promotion is something that is very important and everybody talks about that for sure, but we are so far away from that. We have a lot of games to play.

“I just want to focus on each game because, of course, every manager, every player and every club wants their dream to become true. I am not a dreamer though, I just want to work hard and to take the maximum points.

“And game after game, week after week, month after month, we will aim for that target. We've only been working together for five months and we will see where we are. We have a lot of games to play and we know that the Championship is so tough, so long and very difficult.”

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