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All eyes on the result

26 September 2019

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Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi says he is not concentrating on his side's league position ahead of Friday's night game at Stoke City.

Victory at the bet365 Stadium would send Forest top of the Sky Bet Championship until Saturday's round of fixtures but Lamouchi is not interested on leading the way at this early point in the campaign.

Speaking ahead of the game, he said: "It is very important that we return to the league with the right mentality. It will not be an easy game at Stoke because they have many good individual players and a couple of red cards in their recent matches have changed the results and they don't deserve to be where they are in the table.

"It is really important to us to keep this momentum going but we must remember after tomorrow we will still only have played nine league games. If we go top of the table then that's because we deserve it but there is still so much football to be played over the rest of the season.

"The players have done really well. They've responded to all the changes that happened over the summer; the manager, the players and the way we work. It is not important for me to be top of the table tomorrow night, it is more important that we go to Stoke and put in a strong performance and get a good result.

"I am a little bit surprised at how well we have started the season. I was a bit worried that with so many new staff and new players, we would take some time to settle into the season but the players trust us, the staff, and we just want to create the right atmosphere to achieve something good.

"In our job, it is so important that we stick together at the training ground and on the pitch. Everyone in this squad can add something to the team throughout the season and so it is vital that we carry on this momentum into tomorrow's game.

"This is just the beginning for us. The first two months of the season have been really good but now we want to work hard to improve ourselves and continue this positivity within the club."

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