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Hughton looks ahead to Bournemouth

23 November 2020

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton said he will look to utilise his squad as The Reds head to the south coast to face AFC Bournemouth.

With the trip to the Vitality Stadium the latest in an intense fixture schedule, Hughton said that he may make changes to the team to cope with the run of matches, just like every other manager in the division will be trying to cope with heading towards the New Year.

He said: “With the volume of games we have, all of our team selections will get to the stage where you have to use the squad and think about the type of game that it is.

“It is very difficult as a manager in this division now to continue to play the same team with the volume of games that we have. There will always be some bearing on the opposition, but also the quick turnaround.

“The balance for all of the managers and coaches, is that it is the same for everybody. For every frustration that we have, every manager in the division is having the same. It is down to management and a feel for the players.

“We are monitoring every game, the sport scientists are at every game and we have recommendations that so-and-so’s numbers were different from one game to the next game, then it is a decision on whether you want to go with consistency or freshen up, did we win the last game or play poorly.

“These are the things that at this time in management, with the volume of games, that become even more important. You always look at the decisions you make and hope that you make more good decisions than bad ones.”

Bournemouth have made a strong start to the campaign having returned to the Championship following a five-year stay in the Premier League, making it a tough task for The Reds.

Hughton said: “Their season has gone as I, and most people, expected. Although they lost three big players in the summer, they still have a very good squad and in particular a very good 11, whichever 11 that is, that has a lot of goals in it.

“Any team playing against them to get a result will have to play well, will have to nullify the offensive threats that they hold and anyone that plays against them will be in for a game, as we will be.”

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