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Lamouchi on Barnsley

19 September 2019

Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi is eager for his side to continue enjoying their football as Barnsley get ready to visit The City Ground on Saturday.

The Reds are on an eight-match unbeaten run but Lamouchi is knows that his side needs to maintain their focus and keep playing positive football to achieve the three points.

He said: “This is what I wanted from the beginning, a small squad all focused and ready for each game. I don’t want to just keep the same team because it was a nice result.

“We need to get everyone ready because the Championship is a very difficult, hard league. The opponents are always hard to play against and we need to be ready, sometimes for technical reasons, sometimes because of the opponent and sometimes just for the choice.

“Until now, everyone has been ready and focused and with a smile too that I saw at the end of the last game. They are doing a great job every day, we are in the right way. We just need to work again and stay in this way.”

Forest secured a fantastic away victory last time out against Swansea City and Lamouchi now wants to see a win at home in front of the home supporters.

But he is well aware that Barnsley will be a difficult proposition as The Tykes look to kickstart their season.

He said: “It will be a special game for many reasons. After the win and result against Swansea, we need to try and play for the victory. But we know about this league and this opponent. It will be a tough game and the stadium will be sold out so the fans will support us, and for that reason it is nice.

“If we want to do well in this league, we need to take the maximum points at home. For the moment, we are playing very well away but at home we must do much better than what we have been doing until now.

“We need to put our rhythm, to play in our way and to take the game in the way we want. We need to be physically and mentally ready and to put our personality on the game.

“It won’t be easy. I don’t want to say it is a ‘trap’ game because they have quality and they don’t have a lot of points, but in the last game they deserved to score having created a lot of chances against Leeds so we need to be careful.”


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