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Dawson aiming for positive start at home

18 September 2020

Michael Dawson said the Nottingham Forest squad need to remain positive as they go into their first home game of the season against Cardiff City.

The Reds have tasted defeat in their opening two matches of the season and Dawson knows that positivity can be the key to getting off the mark on Saturday.

He said: “We have to stay positive and that is one thing we have to be. We wanted to get off to a good start, it has been a short pre-season and we went to Barnsley and didn’t perform.

“We got back out on the training pitch and then we went to QPR, we were really disappointed to lose the game and you look at the positives we can take from that, and that is creating chances.

“I think we created as many chances in a game as I can remember even from last season and you’ll bet on Grabbs scoring one if not two of those chances.

“But it is football, it is how you are and we were back in this week to try and get our first home win, three points on the board.”

He added: “Cardiff finished in the play-offs last year, they are a tough team and we are back to The City Ground where we want to make it a tough place to come and give us that big lift and belief.

“We want to start the season as positively as we can. You look at last season, we lost the first game against West Brom when we played really well then went on an unbeaten run for 10 or 11 games. That is the kind of form we want, but we have to go in and focus, stay positive and believe in what we are doing and we will win more games than we lose.

“You don’t always get what you deserve, like at QPR last week we didn’t deserve to lose that game, but it is gone and we now look to Saturday.”

Getting that first win of the season is a milestone for The Reds to tick off and Dawson knows the importance of it, in terms of breeding confidence throughout the team to kick on for the rest of the campaign.

He said: “In any league, you want to get your first win, then your first away win and tick it off to get the points on the board.

“We are no different, we look to Saturday and we are all focused on that. Come the end of Saturday, you hope that you have performed and got the three points and that is what everyone wants.

“We know that we have to go out there and perform, play with energy and with confidence. The older I have got, I’ve realised that confidence is underrated in football because winning breeds that confidence and that is what we have got to get.

“I have experienced going through periods when you are playing well but losing games, and at the end of the day winning football games is the most important thing. It may cover up a few things but it gives you self-belief, determination and that is what we have got to get in the group.

“We have got some new additions, we need to give them time and we have 45 games left in this season, it is an awful lot of games and an awful lot of ups and downs but we are positive.”

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