Middlesbrough Can Be A Marker - Warburton
Manager Mark Warburton has again been praising the fans ahead of this weekend's tie against Middlesbrough but he also believes that the game can be a marker for Nottingham Forest.
Coming up against the big spenders and of course, a likely quick return for Britt Assombalonga on Saturday at the City Ground, spirits are high in the camp following what Warburton believed was our best performance of the season against Barnsley in midweek but knowing hw tough a test they will be, he feels it'll be a good benchmark of our own progress.
Speaking to the Official Forest Site as he met with the media to preview the game yesterday, our gaffer explained.
'It is a tough test. They are a team that have made no secret of their ambition for a swift return to the Premier League. They have gone about their business with significant recruitment and good luck to them. From our point of view we are looking forward to a good game of football; they possess good players and so do we so it should be a good fixture.'
Warburton went on to say.
'Every game you think you can win. There is no lack of respect there. We know we face a very stern challenge but we know we are at home, at The City Ground, where our record is good. From Tuesday night, we have to take from it, learn from it and keep on instilling in those good habits and look to deliver them on Saturday. I hope it is a packed City Ground. The support we have received so far has been magnificent so we can look forward to that and put on a show if we can.'
The Nottingham Post also have him saying from the press conference.
'You have to admire them, because of the manner in which they have made their intentions so very clear. There is no saying 'let`s see how we go`. They have come straight out this summer and recruited significantly, in terms of the money they have spent and the type of players they have gone for. They have a very strong playing squad. They will be working to help their squad gel, just as we are as well.'
Having praised them he also knew we had quality in our camp and that shouldn't be dismissed either, even if most will have Forest as the underdog.
'They have good players, but so do we. I think we have proved that we can mix it with the big boys already. I think it is about us. It would send a message out to us. My biggest frustration about Tuesday was that the players did not get the rewards for their efforts. They improved the tempo, intensity and quality of play. We want them to make positive decisions; we want them to be confident in their forward play. But we want them to see the rewards for that and we did not get that. We have shown them the clips and what it shows is that we were very, very good for long periods of that game. And what we have do is keep on instilling these good habits and look to deliver another good performance.'
His message to the players ahead of the tie was also pretty simple.
'It is about belief but also about enjoying being a good player. You would not be at this club if you were not a good player. Enjoy doing what you do. As basic as that sounds, if you enjoy going to work, regardless of the job you are in, you will perform better; you will do a better job. I hope the players enjoy it. We know they are fit and well, we feel as though we are in a good place.'