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Togetherness is vital

10 July 2020

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Nuno Da Costa believes the team spirit within the dressing room can help Nottingham Forest go a long way as they search for a strong end to the season.

The Reds suffered a setback in midweek with defeat against Fulham but Da Costa says the team’s togetherness is keeping them in a positive mindset ahead of the trip to Preston on Saturday.

He said: “It is all about the teamwork. Everyone will have some time to play. Some players may need some more rest, some may need to play more.

“The goal is to get to the play-off final at Wembley, for now everyone has to be 100 per cent focused on the next game. We have four finals left and we have to take it game by game, get the most points that we can and see where we are.

“We know that all of the games are close, tactically. Everyone has to be 100 per cent concentrated on the game, as you never know who is going in. The results have been quite strange since the restart so we need everybody. 

“The group is so close to each other, whenever someone gets down, everyone helps each other get back up. The best feeling is to know that everyone counts on you.”

The match at Deepdale is the latest in a condensed fixture schedule, a period of games that Da Costa acknowledges is taking its toll on their bodies but they must remain focused on the task at hand.

He said: “I am just focused on our team and what we have to do. We know it will be a tough game because all of the games in a short period is really difficult to keep mentally fresh. We have to focus on our qualities and the way we play to go there and get a good result.

“It is difficult and it is unusual for our bodies to get used to such a high intensity in such a short amount of time. We just focus on the work we do at home, such as resting and getting ourselves prepared mentally and physically for the next games.”

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