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Ameobi on a season-defining few weeks

28 November 2020

Nottingham Forest midfielder Sammy Ameobi hopes The Reds can add more consistency to their performances and their results as they look to climb the Sky Bet Championship table.

Chris Hughton's men have won three, drawn three and lost three since the new manager's arrival and Ameobi believes Forest must start to add to the victories column given the quality of the squad at their disposal.

He said: "I know that we haven't started the season in the way we wanted to and, to be fair, we're still trying to find a way of playing under the new manager. I would agree that it has been a frustrating start for us because we haven't picked up the results as of late but some of the performances have been getting better so hopefully we can put some points on the board to go along with that.

"We brought in a lot of quality players over the summer and that has increased the competition in the squad. Obviously, everbody wants to play but at the end of the day we all want the same thing and that is to put Nottingham Forest back to where it deserves to be. It was all going to be difficult to gel at the beginning of the season but I think we've got the quality to do that very quickly.

"We've seen already this season that anything can happen in this league but we definitely need to implement more consistency into our game. I'm a little bit surprised that we are where we are in the league table given the quality of players we brought in during the summer but now it's up to us to bring that consistency into our game and start climbing up the table."

A positive performance at Barnsley straight after the international break didn't yield any points and Ameobi believes the club are now entering a hugely important period of the season with games against four of the current top seven to come in their next four matches, starting with Swansea City on Sunday afternoon.

He said: "We know all about Swansea. They're a very good side who keep the ball really well and they like to move it around a lot but I think that might suit us a little bit more because we like to stay compact and then spring from there. If we all do our jobs and we're all in the right places then I think Swansea's style of football might play into our hands and we can make it difficult for them.

"The manager has been very encouraging because I think he has seen better signs from our recent performances and perhaps we deserved more points than we have taken from the last few games. If we can shore things up at the back a little bit and add some end product at the other end of the pitch then we will start picking up those points and heading up the table.

"I think this will be a season-defining period of the season for us because I believe that if we play the way we know we're capable of then we can compete with all of these teams and pick up those much-needed points."

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