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Hughton ready to go again against Rovers

19 February 2021

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton is looking for his players to pick themselves up quickly for the visit of Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.

It was a cruel defeat for The Reds in midweek at Swansea following an impressive performance in South Wales, and Hughton said the squad are ready for the next challenge.

He said: “We always see, particularly when there is a midweek game, that the turnaround is so quick so it is quickly down to business the next day. We got back very late so we trained that little bit later, it is about making sure they get a good recovery and this is a good group.

“One thing you have to get used to is the ups and downs in this division, and the ups and downs mean the disappointments and knocking those back as quickly as possible. When you are a Championship player, you get used to that and dusting off one game and concentrating on the next one and that is what we have to do as staff.”

Hughton’s first game in charge of the club came away at Blackburn in October, a game which The Reds won 1-0 thanks to Joe Lolley’s late goal, and the Forest manager feels that there has been plenty of progress on the pitch ahead of Saturday’s clash at The City Ground, while he hopes for more progress in terms of results.

He said: “You never know how much more there is to come but you are always working towards it. I think we have made progress in a way of playing and on the football pitch. We have made progress in regards to points because of where we were at the time, but still not enough for me with points. I am happy with the level of performance but not happy with the points that we have and we are still very uncomfortable.

“On more occasions than not, performances get you results and there are going to be the games when you don’t play well, or perhaps like at Swansea when they would look at the game and say they didn’t deserve to win the game but did. Generally, to get the points that you want and the results that you want, it comes with a level of performance so the two go hand-in-hand.

“It will be as tough a game as any in this division. What Blackburn have had is a difficult period after starting the season very well. They are a very gifted team, they have a lot of ability in the side and in particular in the offensive areas with some really good options. It is another tough game that we will have to put in a level of performance to win the game.”

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