Following a run of only one win in their last six games, Championship side Nottingham Forest have dropped down to eighth in the table and out of the play off positions. However, defender Elliot Ward who is on loan from Norwich City, has spoken to This
Forest are currently only one point behind sixth placed Leicester but have only three games left to overhaul the deficit and secure a play-off semi-final place in a bid to return to the Premier League.
Ward spoke ahead of today’s game against relegation candidates Barnsley about he and his teammates have refused to lose self confidence going into the last few games of the campaign.
“This is what you play football for. We are in this game because of what it is. We want to play in front of big crowds; we want to play at Wembley. You have to be confident in yourself, in your ability and in your strength as a team.”
“You have to get on with it and, if you are not strong enough, you do get found out. But we believe that we can achieve something. We believe we can do it.”
“The fans can play a big part, without a doubt. Two of the last three games are at home, so that is important. I am sure they will be nervous, but we will go out there with confidence; with self belief. We believe we can win, we are confident we can do it – but we need them to be right behind us.”
Manager Billy Davies, who returned to the club in February after originally leaving in 2011, has echoed his players’ sentiments, declaring that the fans can also play a big part in determining how Forest end the season.
“My message to the fans is clear – if they do what they do really well, they can be a big help to this group.
“They will be so important in helping us get the three points. I ask that they stay positive, get behind the team and give encouragement to every single player.”
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