This would be the ideal time for Nottingham Forest to get things right – but “the goals are coming”, insists Liam Bridcutt.
The midfielder says the Reds do not want to head into the international break with another defeat to contemplate, as they prepare to face in-form Sheffield United at the City Ground.
But Bridcutt also remains convinced things are on the cusp of falling into place for Mark Warburton’s men, if they can retain the belief that good performances will eventually lead to good results.
Forest have lost five of their last six Championship games – but Bridcutt believes they have merited more and hopes they are able to secure a timely three points against Chris Wilder’s newly-promoted Blades.
“It would be a good time to get this right, going into the international break. It makes things easier. It would be better for the lads to go away and enjoy their time off,” said Bridcutt.
“If you lose, it is a long time to reflect and think about it; it is a long period to go without being able to put things right.
“We know it is a matter of time, but we also know that this is a key game, when it comes to starting a positive run.
“It is coming. The goals are coming. We have proven that we are creating the chances. Now it is just about putting them in the back of the net.
“We were unlucky not to score more against Fulham, it could have been a different story. But we are looking forward to another game to, hopefully, getting three points.
“We are creating chances and, as long as we do that, we believe we will soon start scoring.”
Bridcutt knows Forest will be under pressure to perform on home turf, buts says it is down to the players to prove their recent issues are nothing more than teething problems, 10 games into the new campaign.
“Sheffield United look like a strong team – but every team we face is going to be difficult. Every opponent will want to beat us and we have to cope with that pressure,” he said.
“We have shown in every game that we are getting better, in terms of our performances.
“It is just a matter of time before this turns around. If we keep believing in ourselves and in the philosophy the manager is putting out there, we have no worries at all.
“For me it is just teething problems. There are a lot of new players here, but things are going in the right direction. There is no panic.
“It is just a question of believing what we are doing. When things fall into place, I believe we can be a top team.
“We are disappointed with the results, that is natural. But we know and believe in what the manager puts out there.
“We know what we have to do as a group. We need a clean sheet and some goals. Clean sheets are key. If you keep a clean sheet it is obvious that you have more chance of winning. The performances are there, it is just about tidying up defensively.
“We know every team that comes here will make it difficult. But it is about ourselves, not the opposition. Once we get things right, we will be a top team.
“We dominated the game against Fulham for a long period. It was just unlucky that we could just not finish off the chances, while making a few sloppy mistakes to concede.”