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Nuno Espirito Santo admits he ‘punched something’ after learning of Nottingham Forest’s point deduction for breaking Premier League spending rules… and calls on his side to ‘work harder’ after being handed the penalty

Nuno Espirito Santo says he thinks he 'punched something' when he heard about Nottingham Forest's points deduction
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Nuno Espirito Santo says he thinks he ‘punched something’ when he heard about Nottingham Forest’s points deduction.

The club last week were docked four points for breaching Premier League profitability and sustainability rules (PSR), a penalty against which they have lodged an appeal.

It meant Forest dropped into the relegation zone, and when asked what his immediate reaction had been to the news, boss Nuno told a press conference on Thursday: ‘I think I punched something that was near to me.

‘Of course I was disappointed. But that lasted for a couple of minutes because immediately we have to bounce back from that moment and what we have to do is work harder.’

The Portuguese added: ‘We didn’t know what was going to be the final decision. Now we know.

Nuno Espirito Santo says he thinks he ‘punched something’ when he heard about Nottingham Forest’s points deduction

Forest were handed a four-point deduction for breaching Premier League spending rules

Forest were handed a four-point deduction for breaching Premier League spending rules

‘Who am I to say that is fair or unfair? I have to just deal with the reality.

‘The reality shows we now have 21 points and we are in the relegation zone. That’s clear.

‘What do we have to do? Work harder. That’s enough of words, let’s go to actions.’

Forest are now 18th in the table with nine matches to go, a point behind 17th-placed Luton and four adrift of 16th-placed Everton, who could soon be hit with a PSR-related deduction for the second time this season.

They host Crystal Palace on Saturday having won only one of their nine league games so far in 2024, the most recent being a 1-1 draw at Luton on March 16 in which they led before the hosts scored a late equaliser.

Nuno said the ‘ambition to stay in the Premier League (is) huge for each and every one of us at the club’ and has emphasised his belief that the team will beat the drop, saying: ‘The way we work, the way we play, the togetherness, the commitment of the players – I see it every day and that’s why I’m so confident.’

The Portuguese coach called on his side to 'work harder' following their point deduction

The Portuguese coach called on his side to ‘work harder’ following their point deduction

Forest will go into the Palace match with coach Steven Reid not in the dugout, the Football Association having given him a two-match touchline ban and £5,000 fine, and the club a £75,000 fine, for their behaviour after the defeat to Liverpool earlier this month.

They will also be without forward Taiwo Awoniyi, who was absent for the Luton contest and has a ‘serious injury’, Nuno reported.

‘He is doing treatment,’ Nuno said of Awoniyi. ‘It is a serious injury, unfortunately. It is a big blow for us because he was returning back (after a groin injury), and the importance of Taiwo is huge.

‘I don’t know exactly the time (he will be out for) but I am positive we are going to see him again (this season). Definitely (he will be unavailable) for these two games (against Palace and then Fulham at home next Tuesday).’

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