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27 January 2022

Callum Styles spoke to the press ahead of our clash with Bournemouth on Saturday.

“Obviously, it’s another defeat. I thought we started the game really well – we had control of the game until that mistake at the back, which they capitalised on. They then took charge of the game, started to dominate and we were under pressure quite a lot at the end of the first half, and it was an uphill battle from there.

“Nottingham Forest is a tough ground to go to when you’re 0-0, but being two goals down was even harder.”

“Of course, it’s hard. We haven’t won in a while and we’re all human, so it’s going to affect us. We love winning and we love football, but it’s up to a few of us to take the leadership role in the changing room to keep the morale high.

“Obviously, it’s difficult with people missing to have that consistency, but we’re trying our best to stay positive.

“I see myself, not as a captain, but as a team we have a few people in that role where you either lead by example or keep morale high, so I see myself as being one to lift the team.”

“We’ve felt good in training in the last couple of weeks – we’ve gone into games and started really well; it’s just about maintaining that throughout the games and keeping the score level to give us a chance to grow into the game even more. Then we can hopefully nick a win.”

“They’re a very good team, but anything in football is possible. They’re not having the best of times and well, at the minute, with results. It’s going to be a battle on Saturday, and we’ll try our best on the pitch and battle until the last minute to get the win.

“We showed bits against Forest where we were winning it high, so we need to carry that on into Saturday’s game and add the final bit to that, which is the end product. It’s alright winning the ball, but we need to capitalise on winning it up high and to create chances, shots and score goals.”

“I’m pushing to try and make the turnaround and I’m feeling really good; I’m feeling like I’m creating a lot of stuff, but it’s just not going our way. I had one cleared off the line against Forest, which could have been the equaliser.

“So, we’re creating chances, which is good, and there’s going to be a turning point soon where those chances turn into goals.”

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