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"An occasion to look forward to"

6 February 2020

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Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi says he cannot wait for Saturday night's showdown with Leeds United at a sold-out City Ground.

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The Forest boss was disappointed by his side's performance in last weekend's defeat at Birmingham City but says his players must now put that to the back of their mind as they get set to face Marcelo Bielsa's promotion-chasing side.

Speaking ahead of the game, he said: "I was very upset and very angry with the result at Birmingham but now it's done. We have spent this week working out why it happened and preparing for the next game because we face one of the biggest clubs in the Championship and one of the best teams in the league - it's a very important game for both teams.

"We just need to focus on our performance. We're playing a good team in front of a sold-out City Ground so we need to concentrate on all of the small details because if we don't, Leeds have the quality and the ability to punish us. They're a dangerous team both at home and away and whether they play Bamford or Augustin up front, we know they will be tough to beat.

"I know Leeds have lost quite a few points in recent matches but I'm not sure whether it is a good time to play them or not. It is always tough to play Leeds because they are such an excellent side but we are all looking forward to playing such a big game in front of a full City Ground."

Talk is beginning to grow regarding a potential promotion push for The Reds but Lamouchi insists his team must concentrate on each individual game rather than look at the final three months of the season as a whole.

He said: "If you ask me whether I'd like to be in the top two in February or in May then I'll take the latter. This week is a very important one because we have three massive games against Leeds, Charlton and West Brom so we just have to take each challenge as it comes. We have such a long way to go.

"This division is a marathon, it is so long and so difficult. The most important objective for us to focus on Leeds then Charlton then West Brom because that is the only way we will achieve our targets. We are where we are right because have a fantastic dressing room with an amazing team spirit.

"The players need to remember that they are fourth in the division because of their quality and they need to believe more in themselves. In January, it was really important for me to keep this dressing room together and add one or two quality players to it which is what we did so I'm really happy."

Tickets are still available for Forest's home game against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm). For a full list of prices, please click here or to book, please visit tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.


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