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Positive signs

1 January 2021

Cyrus Christie hopes that Nottingham Forest can kick start the new year with three points as they head to Preston.

The Reds ended 2020 with four games unbeaten, with three of those games being draws, and Christie admitted some frustration that those games haven’t heralded more victories.

He said: “From where we were on that run before, we are now four unbeaten but some of those draws should have been wins which is ultimately a frustrating point.

“We have to do more to win those games. Against Stoke we should have won, we had the chances and we didn’t put them away. Ultimately the first goal wasn’t good enough and I am sure the people involved know that, and it is now about turning those draws into wins.

“We know what we need to do and we need to execute it. Too many times this year we have been too reactive to going behind 1-0 then starting to play. As footballers we have to take more responsibility of playing from the beginning and a lot more of us have to show and have more courage to get on the ball and play that well. When we have played that way, we have shown more positive signs and we have to go into this new year and with the old cliché, hopefully it will be a new year and new beginnings for Forest.

“It would have been great to end the year on a positive note, but we take the points and we move on.”

Christie knows that Forest have a tough start to the new year with a trip to Deepdale but is confident that if the team can carry on from where they left off against Stoke, they can come away with the three points.

He said: “They are always there or thereabouts, they are a good team. It is always a tough place to go and they are always a tough team to play against.

“They are a well-drilled team, they know what they are doing and they have a team with a cohesion that has been playing together for a few seasons now. They know each other well and I know their home form hasn’t been great, but Preston has always been a tough place to go regardless of whether they are in form or not.

“We have to go there now, take the confidence from the Stoke game and the performance that we put on in the second half and if we can do that for the full 90 minutes against Preston and we take our chances then I believe we will come out with the three points.”

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