Quoting Coleman

Wednesday 10 November 2004

ON NOTTINGHAM FOREST...

"The pressure will be on us and Forest won't be expected to win so we've got to keep our consistency going. We don't want to got there, have a poor result and be on the back foot for Chelsea. You don't want to be on the back foot against a team like that.

"I watched Forest last week against Rotherham. They were losing 2-0 in the first half but came out and showed a lot more desire in the second. They've got some good players but have been lacking a bit of confidence. Joe Kinnear's there and Big Mick Harford's gone there and he'll stir things up. He did great at Luton with Micky Newell so if anybody's going to get Forest out of trouble it will be Joe and Mick.

"They've been there before with Wimbledon plus they've got good players. Possibly like us, they had a bit of bad luck at the start of the season. It's going to be a difficult game but in saying that it's one that I'd expect us to win."

ON HIS SIDE FOR NOTTINGHAM FOREST...

"We played with a lesser team, if you like, against Boston and that was no disrespect to them. It was early in the season so we fielded a team that was capable to getting the result and they did. Against Birmingham we fielded our strongest team and I'll do so again at Forest.

"Look at Middlesbrough, they're at the right end of the League and are playing with a lot of confidence because they won the Carling Cup. Steve McClaren would be the first to admit that one of the reasons he signed the players that he did was because of last season's success and the guarantee of European football."

ON THE NEWCASTLE MATCH...

"We were under a lot of pressure, they had a lot of shots on goal and Mark Crossley was outstanding but we made a lot of chances ourselves and scored four times on the break with good, clinical finishes.

"Nobody expects to go to St James' Park and score four goals, especially us with our away form. So I was pleased for the players because at one-nil up I thought they were putting incredible pressure on us.

"I thought 'if we concede here, we'll lose by two or three,' but we hung on in there, Mark Crossley was fantastic and the back four defended for their lives. I would have taken a point before the game but we got all three.

"It's a massive boost for us and a great three points away from home. But the trend, since I've been the manager anyway, is that we get a massive result then fall off it. We've got to make sure that doesn't happen.

"I've made sure that we won't get carried away. At the end of the day it's one result and it's gone. It won't help us out against Forest or on Saturday."

ON THE TEAM'S WORK ETHIC...

"We needed to realise that we weren't just going to get results just by turning up. We were definitely living a bit off what we did last season. Let's get it right, we didn't play great at Birmingham but everybody was defending and chasing lost causes. You don't get good results if you've got one or two who are going missing. In the last two or three games I've been delighted with everyone."

ON MARK CROSSLEY'S PERFORMANCES...

"I brought Mark to the Club because he's a quality keeper. It took me about a month to get him to the Club because Middlesbrough didn't want to let him go. But we managed to persuade him to come down. He's a quality keeper who is very dependable. At 35 he's got a lot of experience and while he's playing like that, he's picking himself."

ON EDWIN VAN DER SAR'S CONTRACT...

"Obviously we want to keep Edwin but I would imagine that he'd want to keep his options open. I don't yet know what he wants to do, so we've got to sit down and put something on the table for him and see what he's thinking.

"Our Chief Executive has had some brief discussions with his agent but these things take time. We could meet every day for a week but it wouldn't mean that we'd come to an agreement, these things take time unfortunately. We're not going to panic but we do want to get something sorted out and, fingers crossed, we'll come to an agreement."