Stuart Pearce is confident Nottingham Forest will hit the ground running after the international break and build on the victory over Norwich last time out.
After a run of ten games without a win, the 2-1 win against Norwich was crucial for Pearce’s side to enter the week break in a positive mood.
And the Forest manager is hoping that the momentum will continue in to this weekend’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“The result a couple of weeks ago was important for us and their has been a feel good factor around the club,” Pearce said.
“We have got the balance right across the break, giving the players time to freshen up mentally as well as keeping them ticking over physically.
“Wolves will be a tough nut to crack at the weekend, Kenny Jackett has done a fantastic job there which is reflected in their league position.”
“You could tell there was a sense of relief after that result.”
The win at Norwich didn’t come easy, with Jonny Howson’s early goal only cancelled out by Britt Assombalonga in the 85th minute, before Michael Antonio hit an injury-time winner.
And Assombalonga, who turned provide for that winning goal, is hoping the momentum can continue despite the international break.
“We were elated after that result and to break the losing run but afterwards we did feel frustrated that we wouldn’t be playing again soon,” he said.
“Having said that, the break has given the players a chance to refresh and hopefully return to the way we were playing at the start of the season.”
“I think it could be good we had a rough patch now rather than later in the season.”
OTHER FOREST NEWS: First off, Dexter Blackstock has rejected a loan move to Sheffield United despite manager Pearce expecting the striker to leave for a short period.
However, the Reds’ boss believes Blackstock does have a future at the club saying, “It is important for him to go out and play first-team games as a good level.
GUY MOUSSI: Former Forest midfielder Guy Moussi has signed a short-term deal with Birmingham City and pledged all his wages to four charities.
The 29-year-old has signed a deal until January 18 with his wages being split between Birmingham City Disabled Club, Stop Ebola, TEV Soma Charity and a church in Paris.
He was a free agent after leaving the club in May after playing 150 times in his six-year stay at the City Ground.