Jamie Paterson has told Nottingham Forest’s official Matchday Magazine he and his teammates are looking to make “a statement” with a positive result against Leicester City tonight.The winger scored Forest’s goal - his third in two matches - in Sunday’s FA Cup with Budweiser defeat at Sheffield United, and tells the latest edition of the magazine (£3) tonight’s match, coupled with Saturday’s trip to Burnley, will give The Reds a chance to gain a mental advantage on their promotion rivals.
“If we can do the double over Leicester and get a result at Burnley it will put a big statement out there,” says Paterson. “The atmosphere will be brilliant tonight but once you’re out on the pitch you don’t think it’s a big game.”
The summer signing from Walsall, who is the featured player in this edition, also recalls his feelings ahead of the reverse fixture in November, when he claimed an assist in an impressive performance at The King Power Stadium.
“I was really nervous because I hadn’t played much before that,” says Paterson. “I remember lining up and thinking it was a massive game in a big stadium against quality players.
“I remember thinking afterwards I was starting to get used to the Championship.”
Also featured is Simon Cox, who says Forest’s main target this evening is bouncing back from the recent defeat in South Yorkshire.
“It was frustrating to lose our unbeaten run but we can’t dwell on that,” says the Republic of Ireland international, who has scored seven goals in seven games against tonight’s opposition. “It was inevitable we were going to lose eventually.
“Our attentions are all on a massive game tonight. It should be a fantastic contest between two excellent sides.”
The full interviews with Paterson and Cox, along with Carl Froch’s thoughts on potentially fighting at The City Ground and a host of other features, will be available to read when the magazines go on sale from the usual outlets around The City Ground tonight.
A digital version of the magazine will also be available to download via this app from 6.45pm onwards.