Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton is looking to build some momentum for two big home games this week, starting against Rotherham United on Tuesday.
The Reds picked up their first win of the season at Blackburn on Saturday, with Joe Lolley’s late goal sealing the victory, and Hughton wants to continue that feeling into the clash with The Millers and then Derby County on Friday.
Speaking ahead of the match against Rotherham, Hughton said: “We would rather be going into these two home games on the back of a win and the feel of that win, but they are all difficult games in this division.
“Because of the COVID situation and no supporters, there is always that imbalance of being away from home or at home, and what big advantage that used to be has probably changed. They will both be tough games, but now we’ve got that first win under our belts we want to take that into a second one.
“We need to take that forward, it was a good three points and a win but there are so many points to fight for in such a short space of time. What you have got to do is try and get that momentum. In this league, the momentum of winning a few games on the spin, but over a short period of time, can make a huge difference.
“A lot of our game is about momentum and momentum in this division this season will be like no other. If I look at my periods of time in the Championship, I’m not sure I can remember a period of games so close together, before or after the international break.
“Momentum is key and it doesn’t matter how you win those games, on Saturday we won in a scrappy manner with a scrappy goal. It is always wonderful if you can play expansive football and win that way, but you can’t always and however the wins come in this sequence of games is important.”
Tuesday night’s match will be Hughton’s first home game since taking over as manager, an experience he admits will be different without supporters there but will be a proud moment for him.
He said: “It will be different, but I am looking forward to it. I am the manager of this fabulous club and it will be a privilege and an honour for me to be standing in the home dugout for a game, irrespective of crowd or no crowd.
“We just hope that we can take it forward from the weekend’s game and get a result which will help to alleviate some of the pressure and take us away from this position in the league.”