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FERRAN SIBILA PRE-FOREST

24 January 2022

The assistant coach speaks ahead of Tuesday night's trip to the East Midlands to take on high-flying Nottingham Forest.

LACKING NUMBERS

“We had less than 13 first team players in training today, we asked to postpone the game, but we’ve not been allowed. 

“We have lots of young players involved therefore, so it’s an opportunity for these guys to take their chance I suppose. 

“Liam Kitching is out, Callum Styles also from the last game, is doubtful. And other guys couldn’t train because of knocks in the last game. So we must wait until tomorrow and see if they recover. 

“It’s not ideal at all for us, but this is the situation we are in right now.”

BIRMINGHAM GAME

“We had three good chances in the first 20 minutes or so, it was a very good start. But we couldn’t get the goal our play probably warranted. 

“But we still lost, and now, a couple of days later we are even lighter in terms of numbers so we go into another game tomorrow hoping we can make adjustments and take our chances this time, but without more players. 

“There were some good aspects on Saturday, like I say. It’s about building on that. 

“We think it’s small details, fine margins right now. We aren’t winning, ok. But we are competing. We don’t believe we are that far away from turning these games into wins.”

BEING UNITED

“Everyone here is united. Our players, we as staff, everyone at the club is fighting hard to win every game. But we understand the doubts from outside.

“I’m not here to cry about everything, I’m just trying to explain that we still believe, we will keep working hard to improve, to try and turn these fine margins in our favour. 

“This will start tomorrow night we hope!”

ON FOREST CLASH

“It’s time for them to lose! But no, they’ve won three in a row, they did beat Arsenal recently, so we know it’s a big challenge for us especially in these circumstances.

“But if they can beat Arsenal then we can beat Nottingham Forest. 

“They started very badly and have gone on to turn it all around. It’s fine margins. The momentum in football is huge. That positive flow. 

“We need that first win and then things can change really fast, we all know that. Let us hope tomorrow night we can begin to get into that flow, to find positive momentum.”


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