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Forest replay disrupts plans: Nuno Espirito bemoans break loss

Nottingham Forest’s manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, said Blackpool’s surprise FA Cup replay disrupted their winter break at the City Ground.

Coming from two goals behind, Forest managed to secure a 2-2 draw against the League One side. The same team had defeated them 4-1 at this stage last season. As a result, the outcome of the tie will be determined at Bloomfield Road during the week starting January 15.

The Premier League side had initially scheduled their next match for January 20 and planned to spend time together at St George’s Park. However, these plans will now undergo a change, as Nuno joins the list of top-flight bosses expressing frustration over third-round replays.

Nuno Espirito said: “We have to reorganise that. When we decided that, we looked at what was best for the team. Now what is best for the team is to start preparing for the replay in Blackpool. That is the priority.

“It changes the plan. Now we have to reorganise and we won’t get a break because now the priority is the replay. We have to reorganise our plans.

“It is a reality. Everybody is aware there is a big congestion of games, fixtures are every day. It is something we have to look at.

Nuno Espirito added: “If you ask me personally, I think it should be finished on the day, extra time, penalties, and allow the players to have a little bit more time to recover.

“Premier League teams are suffering with that. You know the issues with injuries and one of the things is the amount of fixtures.

“Now the best for team is to start preparing for the replay.”

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.


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