How Nottingham Forest are ‘working their brains’ to solve a major problem amid relegation scrap

Nottingham Forest have been working on their ‘brains’ as well as their tactics as part of their survival battle plan. In an attempt to solve the problems in the game situation, head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has turned his attention to the mentality of his players.

He hopes the psychological focus can pay off as the Reds prepare to face dead-ball specialists Everton at Goodison Park this afternoon (kick-off 1.30pm). Forest have conceded a whopping 22 goals in the league this season. The problem is proving costly as they battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

“Believe me, we are working very hard – not only on the pitch, but also on analyzing the situation,” Nuno said. “Sometimes we have to give credit to the opponent because their set pieces can be executed well. But a lot of it, I would say more than 70 percent, is due to our own mistakes.

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“Sometimes those mistakes are caused by a lack of focus and sometimes by panic, which causes you to rush your decision and not make the best decision. We are trying to work on that.

“We work on the brain. Sometimes it’s not just the technical and physical part, but it also works on your brain.

“How you work your brain is trying to form a unique thought about that moment. The entire team is involved in set pieces. But if one of them clears the ball and thinks it will be fine, our goalkeeper comes out and the big boys take the lead, that’s all it takes. Let’s transform this and have a unique, determined thought to solve the problem.”