Date: 6th April 2016 at 5:37pm
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Caretaker head coach Paul Williams has confirmed that Nottingham Forest face a mental battle in the remaining games of the season following defeat to Reading yesterday evening.

Making the trip to the Madejski Stadium for the match and with Forest looking to bring an end to back to back defeats, the run got worse as we’ve now notched up three defeats on the spin and are winless in five.

Speaking to the Official Forest Site in his full time post game press conference, a disappointed head coach explained that it was now a case of a mental battle for the side, as despite taking the lead in the game, he saw the heads drop as soon as they got back on level terms.

Of course we then went on to lose even a point from the game.

‘Phsyically we`re fine – mentally, that`s where it`s going to be tough from now until the end of the season. We kept our shape and scored a really good goal, but then they get a deflected goal and a long-range goal and we lose the game. The players are going to have to dig deep within themselves. We need to be positive and be high up the pitch at times, pressing in the middle areas like we did in the first half tonight. I think confidence plays a big part but everyone at the football club has to be mentally strong and focused on our next few games. I`m not faulting the players at all but going forward it`s going to be a mental battle.’

With Kelvin Wilson going off in the first half with a back spasm and the team being rejigged with left back Danny Fox filling in alongside centre half Matt Mills, Williams knew that hadn’t exactly helped us either but he did say there was positive news on the Michael Mancienne front.

‘Mance won`t be out as long as people might have thought. He might be fit for the Brighton game – it`ll be touch and go. Lady luck`s not on our side at the minute. We`re getting a few bad cards dealt to us but we have to stick at it.’

It doesn’t get much easier at the weekend as we host Brighton and Hove Albion at the City Ground either.

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