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LEWIS: IT’S BEEN A GOOD WEEK

26 June 2020

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Midfielder looks ahead to Nottingham Forest test

- Lewis O’Brien previews Nottingham Forest trip
- Town midfielder on a “positive” week of training
- Watch the full interview on #HTTV!

Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien insists the squad have had a good week of training at Canalside ahead of Sunday’s game against Nottingham Forest.

The Terriers make the trip over to the East Midlands on Sunday (28 June 2020) to face the Tricky Trees in the Sky Bet Championship; 2.15pm kick-off.

Ahead of the encounter, the Town midfielder has looked back on a positive week for the squad on the training pitch, following last weekend’s defeat to Wigan Athletic in the first game back after the season’s restart.

Speaking to #HTTV, Lewis expressed the importance of a good week for the Terriers behind the scenes following Saturday’s disappointing result, as well as the need to kick on over the next few weeks, starting at the City Ground on Sunday.

“It’s been very positive. When we came back in on Monday, we reflected on the game and how it went which was obviously very disappointing,” he said.

“We’ve had eight days between the games and then they’re coming thick and fast after Sunday.

“This week was probably the best week to come off a 2-0 defeat, even though no one wants to lose, because we’ve had the time to reflect and the time to build on it.

“We’ve looked at what went wrong and put that past us now. It’s been a very good week of training and we’re focusing on Forest on Sunday.”

As well as using the week to prepare on the training pitch, Town have spent time in the video room ahead of the meeting with Sabri Lamouchi’s side.

Sunday’s opponents currently occupy a spot in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off places having had a strong season to this point.

Lewis knows the threat Forest can pose but insists he and his teammates will be ready to go and put up a fight come kick-off on Sunday.

“We’ve done some video analysis on them throughout the week and they’re a very good fluent team going forward, but we have identified some weaknesses that we can hopefully get through when we go there on Sunday.”

Having played at the John Smith’s Stadium last weekend, Town will face an away trip for the first time since the restart on Sunday.

After having a first experience of playing games behind closed doors against Wigan, Lewis gave an insight into how it has altered Town’s approach heading into the game at the City Ground.

“It’s different for everyone now. Playing for home without the fans is one of the toughest things because they’ve been our biggest drive throughout the season.

“But it’s the same for everyone. We’re not seeing it as an away game, we’re just seeing it as a stadium that we’re playing in, because it’s going to be exactly the same for them as they’ve got no fans in there.

“It’s just about getting to the Stadium and playing our football in it.”

Sunday’s game is the first of Town’s final eight games in the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship season.

With the Terriers now just one point above the relegation zone, the midfielder has acknowledged the importance of each and every fixture in working to stay in the division over the coming weeks.

“Every game is as important as the last one you’re going to play.

“We’ve got to take every game as it comes, we’re obviously looking to get maximum points out of every game and hopefully see ourselves safe before the last game of the season.”

Watch the full interview below on #HTTV!


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