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Hughton: A big week ahead

22 February 2021

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton is looking ahead to a big week in which he hopes his side can produce positive performances and results.

The Reds head to the New York Stadium to face Rotherham United on Tuesday before Friday’s East Midlands derby, and Hughton said all the focus is on Tuesday’s game against The Millers.

He said: “This is a big week, it is about making sure that we put in the type of performances that get you the results that you need. Going into these two games, you know that type of game plan that you have and the type of effort that you need to win those two games.

“Anything short of that, we will find it hard to get a result. Rotherham are a good side, they are at home, and we will have to be ready for that.

“They are a good side and we saw that at The City Ground. We are seeing teams in and around us putting in good performances and I think that all of these clubs would be able to stake a claim that their performances haven’t warranted where they are.

“They would be one of those clubs, they have a couple of games in hand but they are capable of putting in some really good performances which makes them very dangerous opposition.”

The Reds face a busy schedule with another midweek fixture and a day less rest ahead of Friday’s game, and Hughton said that the relentness nature of the division is something that the team has to adjust to.

He said: “It is something that you get used to. Any extra day is always welcome just as much as when we have a week when there is no midweek game, that is even more welcome, but it is something that you have to get used to.

“You get used to having to concentrate on yourselves and you may go into some games when you have had the extra day recovery than the opposition or vice versa. If you get caught up in that it might drive you mad a little bit, so you have to concentrate on what it is and prepare in that time.”

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