We caught up with Nottingham Forest captain Lyndsey Harkin ahead of Sunday’s league fixture against East Midlands rivals Derby County.
You have played for Forest numerous times during your career so how different is it facing up in an East Midlands derby?
“Every time I play for Forest I am proud to put on the shirt. Local derbies are that bit more special.
“The build-up is bigger, the match is talked about even more and it does usually bring out more fans out to support, which is great.
“I’m from Nottingham and also support Nottingham Forest so it does bring that extra spice to the game too and we are all really looking forward to it.”
How has it felt captaining the side on numerous occasions this season?
“I’ve loved it. To captain the team that I support and started playing at when I was eight-years-old is a huge honour for me and my family.
“My highlight was getting to lead the side out against Jamaica at The City Ground.”
A lot of young new faces have come into the squad recently, along with a lot of first-team starters who are still young themselves. Being experienced in the game, how do you help them grow and do you offer them any advice?
“There are a lot of young players in our squad but I’ve always believed if you are good enough then you are old enough.
“The younger ones have really stepped up and shown everyone how good they are and how much they deserve to be in this team no matter what their age.
“I always try to remain positive and encourage as much as I can. Any advice I can give I always try to help out with that too.”
The results haven’t gone our way recently, but they’ve both been games and performances to be proud of so how do you and the rest of the side pick yourselves up and go again each week?
“The results might not have gone our way in quite a few games this season but we have taken huge positives and lessons from them.
“Our team cohesion has been key. We have had many ups and downs but we always want to train and play to the best of our ability for our team. We always train at a high tempo and work on anything we have highlighted from previous games to hopefully put right in the next one.
“Our last match away at Stoke on Thursday was a strong and battling performance. We showed our strength and team work throughout and we could have even taken all three points in the end against a very good Stoke side. It’s a performance that we are looking to build on and go again against Derby on Sunday.”