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‘Let’s keep the belief and play with a smile’ – Afobe

Benik Afobe says positivity is key as City prepare for a midweek trip to fellow play-off hopefuls Nottingham Forest.

Sabri Lamouchi’s side currently occupy fourth spot in the Sky Bet Championship table and the Robins know a win at the City Ground keeps the pressure on, with so many teams joining Lee Johnson’s men in competing for the top six.

Afobe has been building the minutes on his return from long-term injury, and recognises that while City’s return to football has not gone to plan so far, everyone has to keep the belief in order to build momentum and turn fortunes on the pitch.

He said: “We still have seven games, 21 points to play for, and anyone can beat anyone in this league, so we keep going for it.

“It’s a quick turnaround and we have Forest away who are ahead of us on Wednesday (July 1st, 6pm KO) so hopefully we’ll do all we can and take points off them.”

The forward was speaking to Robins TV following Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday and Afobe says there is little time to get caught up in the emotions of defeat.

“Win, lose or draw you have to forget about the game and concentrate on the next one which is Forest,” he said. “We have to focus on getting three points off them because they are in the play-offs and that is where we want to be.

“Positivity is the key. Without that or self-belief we won’t get anywhere. We have to keep going, enjoy our football and play with a smile on our face and enjoy it. It’s about the three points but we have seven games and we’ll go again.”

 

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