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Hughton looks ahead to Norwich

8 December 2020

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton is ready for the challenges posed by Norwich City as The Reds look to turn their form around.

It will be a tough test at Carrow Road against the league leaders but Hughton has the confidence in his players to produce a performance and get a result.

He said: “You can look at any game when you are in a difficult period as being the perfect game, as it is the next opportunity and that is something that I am always telling the players.

“What we have seen with this division is that anyone can beat anyone, whether that is home or away. We know the difficulties we have been having, we have had a tough run of games in playing effectively the top six teams.

“It has been a test but we know the areas we need to do better in and that is why you work as hard as you can every single day to change that.”

Hughton said the team’s belief has not waned despite their poor run, especially in front of goal as The Reds have failed to score in their last five games, and he feels that it is a matter of time before the small details start going in Forest’s favour.

He said: “It is about hard work, implementing the good things we have been doing and eradicating the things we haven’t been doing so well.

“If I look over a series of games, there have been fine margins. Our level of performance hasn’t been so bad. What we have done, like the last game against Reading when we were down to 10 men after 17 minutes, is concede from two set plays, a penalty and a corner.

“The margins are not great, the level of performance hasn’t been so bad. It is at either end and we have to get the goals to take the pressure off.

“You can only do that by working hard, showing belief in the players and I don’t see on the training pitch a group of players who are lacking belief. They train well, everything going into the game is positive, it is just about making sure we produce more.”

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