Nottingham Forest play Cardiff City this weekend and defender Michael Dawson has been addressing the media ahead of the contest (Official YouTube Channel).

The 36-year-old is yet to feature for the Reds yet this season but looks set to be a big influence in the dressing room once again.

 

Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo are the two players tasked with forming Forest’s rearguard with Dawson currently in reserve.

Here are three talking points from Dawson’s press conference which took place yesterday afternoon.

Taking positives

Dawson told the Forest YouTube channel: “The QPR game was a disappointing result but in terms of performance and chances created we can take a lot out of that game.

“We all know the most important thing is putting points on the board but when you do lose a game you try and take the positives.

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Forest will be happy with the chances created last week and they’d hope Lewis Grabban won’t miss three chances of such nature again all season.

On another day they’d have won at a canter at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium and the Reds will hope Grabban can find his scoring boots this weekend.

Emulating Leeds United

On last season’s champions, Dawson said: “You look at Leeds how they did it, they missed out last year and they started the season well, 12 months later they win promotion.

“Rightly so too because they were the best team, they had a way to get to where they wanted to be and collectively that’s what we’ve got to try and achieve. You can’t do anything individually.

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Leeds missed out on promotion during the 2018/19 campaign, losing to Derby County in the play-offs.

They roared back in style last season though winning the league with ease from West Bromwich Albion in second place.

Clearly they are the mould when it comes to bouncing back and it’ll be interesting to see whether Forest can kick on and make a similar mark on the Championship.

Putting last season to bed quickly

On the poor start to the campaign: “We really wanted to win last week to put last season to bed. We want to get the first home win and the first away win and the sooner they come the better.

“Last season didn’t happen from the last 20 minutes, we had enough games to get the points we needed.

“Individually we have to take responsibility. We can’t use it as an excuse though we’ve got to get that win and put it firmly to bed.

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Despite what some supporters might think, Dawson’s comments suggest that the players are desperate to kick on.

It’s natural that with the pre-season period shorter than usual, the hangover might be evident early on during the campaign.

The 36-year-old is right to suggest that winning football matches can help though and that really needs to start against Cardiff City tomorrow.

 

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