‘It felt like things clicked for us’ – Mark Warburton wants Nottingham Forest to keep City Ground rocking


Mark Warburton wants Nottingham Forest to keep the City Ground rocking – and packed to the rafters – by finding some consistency in the Championship.

The Reds set a fresh benchmark for themselves with their thumping 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers – a result that lifted them back to within one point of the play-off places.

It was not the first time Warburton’s side have produced this brand of rampaging performance, but it was arguably the first time Forest made their chances count, as they notched up an emphatic victory over Ian Holloway’s previously in-form Hoops.

Warburton admitted it felt like things “clicked” for the Reds on an electric afternoon at the City Ground.

And he says the challenge now is to continue to provide the kind of performances that will lure fans back to the stadium regularly between now and the end of the season, with 24,021 having watched one of Forest’s best displays in recent years.

Tyler Walker celebrates putting Forest ahead

“It is important that the supporters enjoy coming to watch their club play. There were more than 24,000 here again and our job has to be to fill this stadium,” said Warburton.

“Our job has to be to fill the City Ground as often as possible. If the supporters enjoy coming to watch their side play, then fantastic.

“We feel as though we are getting there. We had a period where results were not going our way, despite our positive performances. I think now you can see the importance of the goals going in.

“It has been clicking in parts. But you saw against QPR what happens when we move the ball quickly; when we have real belief in how we can play.

“When we are positive about our decision making, we look like a good team. It felt like things clicked for us this weekend.”

Kieran Dowell celebrates scoring to make it 2-0 against QPR

Warburton says the next challenge for his side is to find more consistency – following a lacklustre performance at Reading, which came following wins against Burton Albion and Hull City.

“We are looking for a consistency of performance week in, week out. The higher the performance level, the better,” he said.

Barrie McKay scores Forest’s third goal of the match

“But we are a young team, so we cannot get carried away. We cannot be slashing our wrists when we lose a game of football. And we cannot be bouncing off the roof when we win. That is not right.

“We need to be consistent in our approach. We are really pleased with the performance and result. But we need to keep a level.

“We have so much potential in this squad, you can list all the young players. It is a young squad but there is a role for the senior players as well.”

Tyler Walker scores his second and Forest’s fourth to make it 4-0

Forest now have almost two weeks until they return to action with a trip to Birmingham City on November 18.

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But, while he is happy to be back in touch with the top six, Warburton is also a little frustrated – because he feels Forest could have been in an even better position.

“It is a handy position to be in, but it is also frustrating that we have dropped a lot of points that we should not have done, so far,” he said.

“I am sure many teams would say the same. But this is a really demanding league. Look at the results again this weekend.

“It is a bizarre league. All you can do is try to put three or four wins together to find that consistency.

“You are going to get hurt at times, because this is a young team and there will be disappointing days and bad performances along the way.

“But that is part of learning. You have to recognise that the squad is taking shape; they are starting to understand things and I am delighted for them and the supporters.”



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