The Serbian boss said: “I remember Forest many years ago when I was a kid. Their players play for an important club and they must defend the shirt.
“It is a historic field and it is my pleasure to work at this stadium. If it is not a pleasure for Nottingham Forest to play here that is a problem for them.”
By his words, Jokanovic is suggesting that Forest will struggle if they do not enjoy playing home games whilst competing to win promotion from the Championship.
There was certainly no apparent displeasure of playing at the City Ground on Wednesday night, with their 3-1 loss being due to some great finishing from the Hornets, and not due to a lack of effort from the Forest players.
Dougie Freedman’s men certainly put on a good show, even with 10 men, and they did not look like a team with nothing to play for.
However, there is always the sense that Forest are playing in the shadow of their former selves, and until they can shake that off they will never return to those heights. The pressures of the City Ground seem to always exist, even when a team is doing well, and that seems to relate to consistent struggles in recent years.
In the current situation, Forest have nothing to play for and so are free of pressure to perform - and they are putting in good performances. However, as soon as the pressure increases upon them, the struggles become apparent, and Jokanovic is right to suggest that the players should always be happy to be at the City Ground, otherwise it could become a problem for the team.