Nottingham Forest striker Matt Derbyshire has told Forest Player that the Christmas schedule could define The Reds’ season.Billy Davies’ men face important league matches against QPR, Leeds and Reading over the festive period as well as an FA Cup third round tie against Premier League side West Ham United.
And while the 27 year old says it is important for the players to spend Christmas with their families, he won’t be letting the festivities get in the way of his preparations.
He said: “December is a crucial month for all of us. We’re looking to string a few wins together and get right back up towards the top of the table. We’re also going all out to win the FA Cup game because it is vital that we get through to the next round.
“We’ve got to be switched on over the Christmas period and make sure that we do everything right.”
The former Olympiacos man has notched four goals for The Reds this season and says he is pleased with the way his campaign has progressed thus far.
He said: “Every single day I’m trying to prove myself to the manager and to the players around me. When I get my chance I’m determined to work hard for the supporters of this football club.
“The season has gone okay for me so far. I’ve started in a few of the cup matches and I’ve also been getting some game time in the league. I’m pleased I scored goals in those games.
“The manager is a big influence on me and he gives me great confidence. All I can do is continue to work hard on the training ground and then impress the gaffer when my chance comes around.”
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