Mark Warburton accepts pressure is ‘nature of the beast’ BUT hopes ‘people can see progress is being made’ at Nottingham Forest


Mark Warburton knows he is under pressure to deliver results at Nottingham Forest – but hopes people can see progress is being made.

Forest are only 10 games into the new season and are still working to implement a new football identity, within a new-look squad.

The Reds have produced some positive, incisive spells of football – not least during the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Fulham in midweek, when they created more than enough chances to have got something from the game, only to be undone by their defensive frailty again.

Warburton acknowledges that he – like every other manager – will still be judged on results more than anything else and a run of five defeats in the last six Championship games has prompted frustration among supporters, following a previously bright start to the campaign.

But now, as Forest prepare to face in-form Sheffield United at the City Ground, Warburton wants to see his players’ hard work reflected in a much-needed victory.

“My job is to win games of football, so any manager is under pressure any time they lose games of football. That is just the nature of the beast,” he said.

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton

“But I hope very much that people can see progress being made. That, I hope, is the message. That is what I hope they can see.

“There is progress being made, but it is about those fine margins. I know it does not always come across well when you talk in that fashion, but it is about those margins.

“There is a lot of hard work going on, there is. And I am frustrated for the players because they are putting that in.

“I know I keep saying it is about getting the rewards, but it really is. We need to start seeing those now, though.”

The Blades will provide very different opposition to Fulham, with Chris Wilder’s side likely to close Forest down and deny them the room to play.

And Warburton says it is down to Forest to overcome that challenge.

Fulham’s Neeskens Kabano celebrates scoring the third at Forest

“It is up to you to impose yourself on the game. That is up to you to get hold of the football and be brave. If they are tight in the tackle, then draw a foul,” said Warburton.

“In terms of Sheffield United, we just have to deal with it. They are a good team who will be working hard.

“We have to be the same. We are at home and we have to have those same qualities.

“It is about the fans as well, because we know that fans do not come to watch their team lose. It was another strong midweek turnout from our supporters, on a night when there was Champions League on the television.

“Our fans still turned out in numbers.

“I want the fans to see and enjoy parts of that game – but at the end of the day the final emotion is one of disappointment after Fulham, because we have lost at home.”



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