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If these comments are anything to go by, we should be in for a feisty encounter today.
Speaking ahead of their game at the City Ground, Royals boss Mark Bowen was adamant that he didn’t want his side to be considered pushovers anymore.
The comments come with his side 20th in the table and having only one 3 of their 13 games this year:
“I have tweaked the way we play in terms of trying to be a bit more direct and a bit more on the front foot. I want us to play games where it’s a battle for every team playing against us. I hate that label where if you play Reading it’s going to be a nice game of football.
“Well excuse me for saying it but sod that. I want us to be nasty and if we get that right the quality in the team will take over and we will become a better side and will get more points.”
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When he was first appointed, Lamouchi spoke about how this division was the ‘worst league in the world’, and if the past two games have been a baptism of fire in the Championship, it appears as if he’s going to be in for another tough day at the office.
The past two games have been something of a disaster for Nottingham Forest, with fans now starting to question the manager, and he is going to have to do something incredibly drastic to get those fans back on his side.
A two-game losing streak can be somewhat acceptable, especially when you consider the number of injuries to key players that they have had to put up with during the process.
However, if that turns into three defeats in a row, and back to back losses on your home ground, it starts to become a problem and something that can quickly become a trend.
Lamouchi has been given an advantage here, Bowen has just gone and told him how he expects to set his team up.
This may give him added pressure but it’s up to him to try and counteract Reading’s setup, because if he can’t learn when being given a heads up in this manner, perhaps that ten-match unbeaten run wasn’t all down to him after all.