What Nuno told Nottingham Forest players after points deduction appeal blow

Nottingham Forest head coach Nuno Espirito Santo
Nottingham Forest head coach Nuno Espirito Santo -Credit:Getty

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo insists Nottingham Forest have already put the “disappointment” of their unsuccessful points deduction appeal behind them.

On Tuesday, it was announced the appeal board had upheld the original four-point punishment for the Reds’ breach of Profitability and Sustainability Rules. The verdict means Nuno’s side remain three points above the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s clash with Chelsea.

The Portuguese has previously not shied away from describing the PSR situation as a “mess”. He has found it particularly frustrating that the saga has dragged on for so long and Forest have not had clarity over their exact points tally.

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They were charged with breaking the rules in January, docked the four points in March, had their appeal heard in April and then found out the verdict this week. They are now able to draw a line under it, although Nuno admits the club had been hopeful of getting at least some points back.

“Disappointed. We were all disappointed,” he said of the independent commission’s decision. “We had the hope and the belief that they could give us points back. But the decision is over, so there is no point speaking on this issue.

“We spoke about it with the players, about how this is the reality, this is what we have, this is what we have to face. Let’s focus on ourselves because it is in our hands.

“Since the beginning, when there was the possibility of a points deduction, we have always faced it the same way - that what we have to focus on is ourselves and on our job. It’s in our hands. We have already moved on.”

Ahead of this weekend's penultimate round of fixtures, the Reds sit three points ahead of 18th-placed Luton Town while Burnley are a further two points behind. Forest's 5.30pm kick-off at the City Ground means they will have a clearer understanding of the situation by the time they take to the pitch, with the Hatters and the Clarets both kicking off at 3pm away to West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

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