Date: 15th April 2016 at 6:18pm
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First team coach and injured player, Andy Reid is in confident mood ahead of this weekend’s game against Rotherham United.

With Forest making the trip to the New York Stadium on Saturday, Reid told the Official Forest Site in his pre game press conference, that he felt there were certainly plenty of positives that could be taken from the second half showing against Brighton on Monday night, but it was key in this game that we matched them step for step for effort and battle and then took advantage to get the ball down and outplay them on the turf and allow our qualities to come through.

With that rousing speech over, he did also admit it was going to be another incredibly tough battle, especially given recent results for us and confidence levels, but it was always about belief.

‘We`re under no illusions that it`s going to be a really, really tough game. But we know, with the players we`ve got, we can go there and get a win. We`ve got some fantastic players and we`ve proved how well we can play when we get the ball down. Rotherham like to get the ball forward early and we`ll need to get men around them to win tackles and headers. We`ll need to work hard and play on the front foot – all the basics of the game that you would expect, we`ll have to do really well. If we do match them in those areas we feel we`ll be able to get the ball down, play football and exploit their weaknesses.’

With plenty of effort on Monday evening and a definite sense of being unlucky to have not taken at least a point from the Championship’s third placed side, Reid could only commend the effort of the players and called on them to show exactly the same this time round.

‘It was really good the other night to give the crowd that positive second-half performance – to give them something to cheer about and be proud of. And I think it showed that when we give them that, they respond.’

In wider press conference coverage, the Nottingham Post also have him quoted as saying it’s vital we pick up that win because everybody is sick of losing – but despite our position in the table, he’s not overly concerned about relegation.

‘It would be nice to get a win for no other reason than we hate losing. It is not nice losing, nobody enjoys that. It is a horrible part of football. Take away talk of promotion, relegation or anything else – we just hate losing matches. We want to go out and be better than the opposition and get the win at the end of it. That is why we want to win, because there is no better feeling – and no worse than losing.’

Going back to Brighton again, he went on to say that the second half performance and giving the crowd something to cheer was what he and Paul Williams had been desperate to achieve, it was just unfortunate it couldn’t have seen at least a point.

‘We have been aiming to give the fans something to cheer like that since Paul took over. He wants to get us playing attacking football, to press high and get further up the pitch. We did that on Monday and the fans appreciated it, I think. We are creating chances. The Brentford game was a blip. But, other than that, we have been competitive in every game. We put in a performance on Monday night and the reaction from fans shows how good a shift we put in. The quality of football we played at times was fantastic. We just did not deserve to lose the game. We deserved to win. It is nice to get that appreciation from the fans. But we want to give them a victory to cheer about. We want to give them a performance to cheer about again, but three points, as well.’

And on that score, again pointing to Brighton, Reid explained that he felt Forest were on the right track and making strides in that direction.

‘We feel we are heading in the right direction. With each game we play we are creating more chances and looking more likely to win the game. If we had some better luck on Monday, we would have won. We were disappointed, but also encouraged that we put up a decent performance. In the second half, it was some of the best football we have played all season. We wanted to play on the front foot, because we have played a lot of football on the back foot this season and we wanted to get the lads to press and win the ball high up the pitch. We created chances and put together some good passages of play. That is what we did against a very good Brighton side. We have done it against one of the top sides and that is the challenge now, to do it again on Saturday. We were very encouraged, even if we were disappointed not only to lose, but also not to win the game. But we were encouraged by some of the football we played.’

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