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Sabri excited by Brentford challenge

27 January 2020

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Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi is looking forward to facing in-form Brentford on Tuesday night but is under no illusions as to the difficulty of the task ahead.

Forest and Brentford sit first and third respectively in the Sky Bet Championship form table over the last six matches and Lamouchi knows his side will have to be at their very best to bring all three points back from West London.

Speaking ahead of the game, he said: "Brentford have a good manager and they have been working well together for some time now. They have very good players and for me, along with West Brom, Leeds and Fulham, they can go up. Brentford are a good club and they are working really well together at the moment.

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"I remember the game against them at The City Ground earlier in the season, it was a very tactical game and we had to produce a fantastic performance to beat them. Tomorrow will be a tough game on a difficult pitch but Brentford are a very good team to play against.

"We have 18 games to play and we just have to focus on the next one. It will be a fantastic game against one of the best teams in the league and we know it will be very difficult. We have a really tough schedule coming up and we need to make sure we are concentrated on each match."

With a little over a third of the season still to go, Lamouchi is aware that there are many twists and turns to come and simply wants his players to take a 'one game at a time' approach to the remainder of the league campaign.

He said: "We've not entered the 'money time' of the season yet but we're in the race. It is an exciting game for both teams tomorrow but it is not going to decide the season for either club. We are getting closer to the end of the season but we must focus on each game as it comes around.

"The players are working so hard at the moment. They are fully-focused on every training session and on every game and they know that the Championship can surprise you at any moment. As a manager, my job is to put out the best line-up every single week and take maximum points.

"The atmosphere was quite down after the Reading game and my job was to pick the players up and say 'keep working hard, keep fighting and keep battling for every single point'. That's what we will do when we go to Brentford tomorrow and when we go to Birmingham on Saturday."

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