Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi has called on his players to believe that they can achieve something this season as they prepare to face Charlton Athletic.
The Reds moved to within one point of the top two with victory on Saturday against Leeds United at The City Ground and Lamouchi wants his side to carry on tomorrow night.
He said: “There are six or seven teams with a small difference between them, not a lot of points. It is a big fight for the last 15 games, with small details. I can understand the excitement from outside, but from the inside I just want my players to work hard and believe. Why not them?
“Just do your job, think about the details and then after that, we will see. We need to focus on the job and where we want to be the end. What the players have done until now is fantastic; I have a fantastic group of fantastic professionals.
“It is not easy for some players as they do not have too much time to play, but they are involved and part of this project. I do not have a team, I have a group, and this team spirit is what we have built from the beginning, but only because the players trust us and follow us and they need to trust themselves. They need to believe in what they are doing and not have any regrets at the end.
“I never talk about promotion or the play-offs, because when you work hard it is for the best. When you work hard with effort and sacrifice, it is for the best. You just want to win, game by game, but with the same approach. If we have a different approach, like at Birmingham, it will be because we are not ready and my job is to make sure the players are ready for each game.”
Charlton visit The City Ground following a defeat against Stoke on the weekend, but Lamouchi is aware of the tough prospect that awaits against Lee Bowyer’s side.
He said: “In this league, we need to be ready immediately and switch on for the next one. The next one is a different game, a different opponent but with the same goal at the end to try and take the maximum points.
“It will be a tough game because Charlton have good players and are trying to fight to stay in the league. After a fantastic start, and some problems and changes, they lost many points so they will fight until the end.”