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Knockaert taking the positives

30 December 2020

Anthony Knockaert felt Nottingham Forest should have taken all three points from the draw against Stoke City last night.

Knockaert played a key role in The Reds getting back into the game, with his cross being turned into his own net by James Chester, and the Frenchman is confident that Forest can continue to pick up more points with similarly positive performances.

Speaking after the game, he said: “They are a good side, they have big guys and good quality on the ball. The way they play here it is never easy to get something but I think in general we deserved the three points.

“It was a poor goal to concede but it is what it is, we needed to get back into the game and we did that. I thought that at the end, they were really lucky not to concede another one and lose the game.

“We need to focus on the next game and take the positives from today to the next game as it was one of the best performances since the beginning of the season.

“The last 20 minutes, we were still really in the game and we had chances, we were pushing and it was never easy with the number of games we have played recently. To come here and fight until the end like we did, there are a lot of positives to take forward for the next few games.

“Now we have another big test against Preston on Saturday, it is never easy to go there either, and now it is up to us to take the stuff we did well tonight to Preston and get the three points.”

Knockaert believes there is plenty of quality within the dressing room and says the team need to continue to show togetherness to get themselves away from the bottom part of the table.

He said: “I have never doubted the quality of this team and we shouldn’t be where we are with the quality we have. But we need to stick together, there is still a long way to go and hopefully we can get out of this quickly.

“If we keep going like we have done in the last few games, I am sure there is no way we will stay there.”

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