By Danny Wright
Mark Warburton has issued a stern reminder to his Nottingham Forest squad that Monday’s trip to Cardiff is a must-win game.
Good Friday’s loss to the hands of relegation-rivals Blackburn has left the East Midlands club on the brink of dropping down to League One.
Tommy Hoban’s 78th minute strike was the only goal of the game at the City Ground and it consigned Forest to sitting just two points clear of the Championship’s drop zone.
Warburton has won just one of his five games since taking charge of Forest in March.
The ex-Rangers boss was brought in to try and arrest the slump the club had suffered under the interim charge of Gary Brazil – however it hasn’t worked out.
The 54-year-old has now issued a fight or die message to his squad ahead of Monday’s trip to the Welsh capital.
“I recognise that we need to win away in our next game, at Cardiff. But it is about focusing on what we do. It is a fight now. We have a fight. The right result and the right performance today would have given us breathing space. But we are in a fight now,” said Warburton, as quoted by the Nottingham Post.
“We go to Cardiff. All the focus is on going to a tough venue and delivering the performance we know we need to deliver.”
Forest have not suffered relegation to the third tier of English football since 2004/05.
They are in their ninth consecutive season in the Championship but the end of that streak could begin to come to an end if they lose to Cardiff on Monday.
The Welsh club are currently 14th in the table, ten points ahead of the Reds.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Warburton has made a transfer admission about this attacker linked to the Premier League.