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Focus on the target

3 July 2020

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Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi is keen for his side to remain focused on gaining three points as they face Derby County tomorrow.

The Reds go into the clash at Pride Park on the back of consecutive home victories, and Lamouchi is well aware that his side need to maintain their levels, and improve upon them, to get a result in the East Midlands derby.

He said: “It is important to keep our focus, but the players know what they have to do. In the last game, I was really impressed because without fans and without the right intensity to keep the focus higher like that, it is not easy, especially when we played 16 minutes more.

“They know what they need to do because minute after minute, half after half, game after game they feel something good. They are working hard every day for that. There are important games, important points, important details and important minutes and we have started in a fantastic way, scored five goals with seven points out of nine and we have conceded two goals only in extra time.

“It is positive, so we have to keep focused and to continue to work hard with this atmosphere around the team, inside the dressing room, on the pitch and at the club every day.”

Forest sit in fourth place heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures, with the back-to-back victories increasing the confidence within the dressing room.

Lamouchi is aware of how important that is, but also maintaining a control on it to harness it into good performances on the pitch.

He said: “I can feel the belief growing but this is dangerous as well. Yes we need to increase the belief but also we need to be realistic.

“We are living in a strange moment and everybody knows that, we have to understand what is happening around the club, around our job and around the world. We need to be clever, we need to be open and to understand that we are lucky.

“We need to enjoy it, we play an interesting game against the best team in the league in the last five games. To win five games in a row is not by chance. Maybe because they have the quality, good players and a good manager and a good way to play.

“We know where we go to play and against who. It is important for the players, for the club and for the fans. It is one more game and unfortunately without the great atmosphere but it is always an important game for both clubs.

“We will try to play a good game with a better performance, always to try and disturb the opponent, to try to score and to try and get the points because this is a crucial moment. It is important to keep this momentum but the Derby manager will say the same.”

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