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Steve Cooper sets out target for his Nottingham Forest players ahead of Bournemouth showdown

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Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has urged his players to take the game to AFC Bournemouth tomorrow when the two sides meet in the Championship.

A remarkable run of form in recent months has resulted in the Reds emerging as legitimate contenders for automatic promotion in the second-tier.

Currently three points behind the Cherries in the league standings, Forest will move up to second on goal difference if they beat Scott Parker’s side on Tuesday.

Whereas Forest will get another opportunity to secure a place in the Premier League if they miss out on automatic promotion this month due to the fact that they have qualified for the play-offs, they will be determined to pick up maximum points from their next two league fixtures.

Cooper’s side will be brimming with confidence heading into their showdown with Bournemouth following their superb 5-1 victory over Swansea City at the weekend.

The Cherries meanwhile managed to retain their place in the top-two by defeating Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Ahead of tomorrow’s game, Cooper has set out a target for his players.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post, the Forest boss said: “It’s got the makings of a really good game.

“They are playing well.

“We’re playing well. 

“Let’s go for it.

“The only thing which needs to be in our mind is our preparation, our focus and getting ready for what is a great challenge.

“We go there full of confidence, we go there excited, we go there with a positive approach.

“And we can’t wait for the game.

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“We will go into the game trying to do what we do every game, and that’s play our way, because that gives us the best chance of winning and gives us the best chance of playing well.

“That’s where our focus is.

“Championship games can be nervy, tense affairs anyway, even on a normal three o’clock Saturday in the middle of November!

“There will be nothing different about that.

“We’ve gone into every game wanting to win.

“Never once has it entered our thoughts about going into any game to draw.

“We want to go to Bournemouth and win.”

The Verdict

When you consider that Forest managed to defeat league leaders Fulham in their most recent away league fixture, they will not be daunted by the prospect of having to secure a positive result at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday.

The Reds have managed to accumulate an incredible total of 75 points in the Championship since handing over the reins to Cooper and will be determined to create history this month by finally sealing a return to the top-flight.

In order to have the best chance of sealing victory in this fixture, Forest will need Sam Surridge to be firing on all cylinders.

The forward has scored seven goals for the Reds in the Championship since joining the club in the January transfer window and will unquestionably be keen to prove a point to his former side in tomorrow’s game.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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