Nottingham Forest’s on-loan striker Billy Sharp has told Forest Player of his desperation to net again before the season ends.The Southampton front man has found first team opportunities limited at The City Ground in recent weeks and has consequently seen his goal tally come to a standstill.
But, with Darius Henderson set to begin his three-match ban at Middlesbrough this evening (kick-off 7.45pm) , Sharp harbours hopes that the Teesside trip will present him with the opportunity to further distance himself at the top of The Reds’ scoring charts.
He said: “If the gaffer gives me the nod at Middlesbrough I’ll give 110% as always. Hopefully I can chip in with some goals and help us win the game.
“I’d take any goal – off the bench, after a start. I haven’t scored since Billy Davies came in. Everyone knows what goals mean to me. I want to score as many as I can and I’m raring to go.”
A chest infection was the main reason for Sharp’s recent absence from the starting line-up, and the 27 year old admitted that the set-back came at a bad time.
Sharp said: “I wasn’t right for a couple of weeks and I lost my place in the team. The lads did really well in my absence – a two-week illness has probably affected me for the last eight weeks.
“But I’m ready to go and whenever I’m needed I’ll do my best.”