‘We want to get this right for the manager’ – Liam Bridcutt believes Nottingham Forest have a debt to repay to Mark Warburton


Nottingham Forest’s players “100 percent have a desire to get things right” for Mark Warburton, to repay him for giving them the freedom to play the brand of football they crave, says Liam Bridcutt.

The midfielder says he is personally disappointed Forest have not been able to deliver better results for Warburton, amid a recent run of five defeats in six Championship games.

Former Leeds United skipper Bridcutt remains convinced success is not far away for the Reds – but admits the onus is on them to prove Forest are on the right path under the former Brentford and Rangers boss.

“There is 100 percent a desire there to get this right for the manager,” said Bridcutt, ahead of the visit of Sheffield United this weekend. “Everyone has the manager’s back on this.

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“We are out there to prove to the fans and everyone else – and also to the manager – that we can do this for him. I don’t sense that it is far away. I think we have proven that in recent weeks. The results have not gone our way, but the performances are there.

“Other than a few sloppy defensive errors, the performances are there. It is just a matter of time and the boys believe that. There is no panic.

“That is the most disappointing thing for me personally. I feel for the manager, because what he has given us has been quality. Everyone comes in happy, ready to train, working hard and doing the right things.

“For me, this is the best style of football you can play. It is the modern game and the way the game is going. I feel a bit disappointed for the manager, because we know it does not reflect on how good we can be.

“If we can keep doing things the right way and keep enjoying it, it will come right for us. I believe that.”

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton at Villa Park
Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton at Villa Park

Bridcutt knows there is room for significant improvement at both ends of the pitch – but says confidence is not an issue.

“We all know that we are in a patch where we have not won in a few games, but the confidence is still high,” he said.

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“With the manager and what he is doing on the training pitch, the confidence he is instilling on the training pitch does help us to keep on doing what we are doing – and to believe in what we are doing.

“The manager has been fantastic, he has given us that freedom and the confidence to go and play. We all know that we are, individually, good players. We are getting better as a team and the confidence will not be a problem.

“The style of football we want to play – it gives us the freedom to enjoy ourselves and showcase what we can do.”



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