Simon Cox says Nottingham Forest are looking forward to a taste of the top flight when West Ham United roll into town for the third round of the FA Cup with Budweiser on Sunday.Only six places separate The Reds from their Premier League opponents, but Cox told Forest Player that Sam Allardyce’s side pose an attractive challenge for him and his team mates.
He said: “It’s going to be a tough task, but if we get to the Premier League next season we’ll be going up against this sort of team week in week out.
“You don’t necessarily like to play sides from your own league because it can feel like any other game, but this is a match everyone is looking forward to. It’ll be a good test for us.”
Cox had scored four goals in seven games before missing Forest’s 2-0 Boxing Day win over Queens Park Rangers, consequently having to settle for substitute appearances against Leeds and former club Reading.
Fully fit again and in contention for a start, he hopes to begin another scoring run on Sunday.
Cox said: “It would be nice to score against West Ham because they’re a Premier League team. But a goal is a goal no matter who it’s against.
“This season the gaffer has told me to forget about dropping into midfield, stick to the 18-yard box and score goals. That’s what I’m here to do and that’s what I feel I have been doing of late.”
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