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Lamouchi: We want to finish the job

21 July 2020

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Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi says his side are determined to get the job done and secure a win against Stoke City tomorrow night.

The Reds need just one point to clinch a play-off spot in the final game of the season but the Forest boss wants all three points.

Lamouchi said: “It is not easy to say everything is fine and we are happy. We want to absolutely to play this game, we know this is the last game in this season and we don’t want it to be the last for us this season and we will do everything for that.

“The players are not in the best condition but everybody knows what we have to do and we will try to do it. We have to focus on what every single one should do and to work together, because together we are stronger.

“I know about the pressure and what we are playing for but I prefer to be in my position and I hope to be saying that after the game.

“Throughout 2020 I have always said that the players deserve this and that they have done a fantastic job. In 2019 we started well and step by step, the belief was there. We just want to finish the job; it is the last game of the 2019-20 season and after it is another competition, the play-offs. Before we think about that, we have to think about Stoke.”

Stoke arrive at The City Ground knowing that they are safe from relegation and having dented Brentford’s promotion ambitions with a 1-0 win last weekend.

Lamouchi is well aware of their quality and waits to see whether their safety being secured and the 1-0 win against high-flying Brentford will have an impact on the way they approach the game at The City Ground.

He said: “I don’t know which way, positive or negative for us, it is not important for me. What is really important for me is how we will start, how we will play and how we will be involved in this game.

“I am sure about my players and my team but what a game from Stoke against Leeds before and Brentford last week.

“He [Michael O’Neill] is an experienced manager and step by step, with a good team and good players, he has made a strong team with good organisation. He started with one system and has finished with another one.

“They are so strong, they are not easy to score against them and they do not concede a lot of goals and they have a good structure.”

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