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Bennett and Middleton on fantastic support

4 April 2019

Nottingham Forest Ladies take on Blackburn Rovers Ladies at the weekend and the side will be hoping to be backed by another bumper crowd.

The Reds were backed by 1,252 Forest fans against Derby County in a fierce East Midland's rivalry match two weeks ago in a game that ended 1-1 and Forest stars Katie Middleton and Sianna Bennett explained how important the support is.

Bennett said: "When you can hear the crowd clapping and cheering, when we're either on the attack or you've made a good tackle, it gives you a good boost.

"Especially in the final moments when your legs are tiring, it really pushes you on. I know all the girls really appreciated it too, it gave us all that extra push."

Middleton added: "It's very motivating when you have hundreds of fans come and support the team, especially when you're getting into the last 20 minutes of the game and the supporters are there cheering you on; it really gives you a sense of pride.

"It makes the team feel motivated and they carry on giving their 100 per cent."

Both Middleton and Bennett also expressed how much the team as a whole would appreciate the support again on Sunday afternoon as The Reds welcome the recently-crowned FA Women's National League champions.

Bennett said: "We really do appreciate all the support and we would really love to see all those Forest fans back at our games to make it the best atmosphere."

Middleton said: "The team would really appreciate your support on Sunday as it gives us encouragement and motivation to give our best.

"There's still points to grab in the next couple of games so we will try our best to come away with a good result. Come on you Reds!"

Middleton is also the side's joint-top goalscorer, with nine goals across all competitions so far this campaign and can hit double figures on Sunday's match up with Rovers. This is the 17-year-old's first season in the Forest senior side and she expressed her delight at her success.

She said: "I thought at the start of the season it was going to be tough as I was 16 and it would be my first season as a senior playing for the first team so I knew it was going to be challenging.

"After my league debut, I knew that it would be more physical and be at a higher intensity as I would be up against older girls, but I've just worked hard and listened to what the coaches have said and I'm over the moon to be joint-top goalscorer in my first season."


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