Why the last four games are just as important as the previous 42 for some players at Nottingham Forest

Thank goodness for that. After winning on Saturday, that’s Nottingham Forest pretty much safe.  Not quite mathematically yet, but it would take a lot for us to go down now. We’re 11 points clear of the bottom three with four games left, so I think we’re okay to start looking ahead to another season in the Championship. That’s the main thing. I’m just glad we don’t have to go through another final day like last year. I’m not sure my nerves, or my heart, could take it. I didn’t enjoy that game against Ipswich last season, even though it all worked out in the end. It was horrible to watch. Read More
At least we won’t have to go through that again. The pressure’s off a bit now, but the players shouldn’t be taking their foot off the gas. There’s still a lot to play for.  The manager, Aitor Karanka, will learn a lot about his players in the last few games. He’ll be looking for them to put a performance in. He’ll be looking to see who has the right attitude.  They are playing for their futures. It’s up to them to impress and convince the manager that they are worth keeping. 




Forest boss Aitor Karanka
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I’d like to see some of the younger lads get a chance, maybe some of the Under-23s players if they’ve impressed. Karanka stuck with the same team against Ipswich Town on Saturday, but it would be good to see him mix things up a bit now. Put a few fresh faces in there. He’ll want to have a look at certain players, I’m sure. Make up his mind about whether he wants to keep them at the club or not. It’s harsh, but the manager has got to decide if they’re good enough. That’s just the way football is. Read More
There’s players like Eric Lichaj and Liam Bridcutt who haven’t played an awful lot, so I’d like them to be given a run-out. Even though Tendayi Darikwa has come in and done well, I still maintain Lichaj is a very, very good right-back. And Bridcutt did well when he came off the bench on Saturday.  I want to see them us out there and beat Cardiff City now. Everyone knows what I think of Neil Warnock , so it would be great to get one over him.  I didn’t think he was particularly gracious in defeat when Cardiff lost to Wolves the other week. It’s always very different when his teams win – then he’s laughing and joking. Warnock gets results, though, you can’t argue with that. He’s had success and is on the verge of taking Cardiff up to the Premier League. It’s a big game for them on Saturday, and it’s a big test for Karanka and his players. I’m sure Warnock will be trying to wind Forest up beforehand, anything to try to get an edge.........

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