Nottingham Forest head coach Mark Warburton has told the club website that his side must stand up strong when they face Cardiff City on Easter Monday.

Forest were hoping to get a win when they hosted Blackburn Rovers at the City Ground but ended up disappointed as the Lancashire side were able to get a vital three points for their own battle against relegation. The only goal of the game came when Tommie Hoban was able to head in a corner from Conor Mahoney, condemning Forest to defeat.

But due to the busy Easter schedule, Forest can’t dwell on the defeat for too long as they have a match against Cardiff coming up on Easter Monday. And while it could be a great chance for them to get back on track after the Blackburn loss, Warburton has said the team must strong if they want a chance at winning as they’ll be facing an angry Cardiff side after they had their own loss against Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the weekend.

He said: “The preparation was good, the intensity was good and they trained well through the course of the week. We started the game well and moved the ball quickly but I thought we were loose, gave the ball away in key areas and we didn’t show enough quality to get the rewards. We didn’t deserve to win the game of football; we didn’t deserve to lose it either in truth, but on our home patch we need to go out and get the points.”

“A win would have given us some daylight, some breathing space, but the players didn’t take that opportunity. There is no feeling sorry for yourself and we have to buck up and take responsibility as one big group and prepare for a tough game on Monday.”
“Cardiff got beat by Sheffield Wednesday and they will be keen to deliver a good home performance. We know the threat they pose and we have to prepare well and go there and stand up.”


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