Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries hopes to play a part in Friday night’s FA Cup with Budweiser fourth-round clash against Preston North End (kick-off 8pm).The Dutchman has not featured for The Reds since the Capital One Cup tie at Burnley in September but has been a keen admirer of the excellent form of number one Karl Darlow.
De Vries told Forest Player: “I’ve got no complaints about not getting into the team because Karl is playing so well. In my opinion he is the best goalkeeper in the league at the moment. All I want to do is keep supporting him and be there for him if he needs any help.
“Obviously I’d like to get some minutes under my belt because it has been a while. I’m ready to play and looking forward to it if I’m selected. Training has gone well over recent weeks and I’m raring to go.
“I might have featured against West Ham but I picked up a little injury in my neck which stopped me from playing. That was quite frustrating but it is part and parcel of football so you have to get on with it.”
De Vries was part of the Swansea side upset by non-league Havant and Waterlooville in the FA Cup back in 2008 and says that memory will spur him on if he is selected to start against League One side North End on Friday night.
He said: “That experience was not the nicest I must admit. Preston will come here looking to do well against us and to cause an upset. But we want to progress and we have to show our qualities if we want to go through.
“The FA Cup is great because of all its tradition and history. You only have to look at Wigan winning it last season to show that anything can happen. Even as a Championship side you know you can get through to the semi-finals or even the final.
“We want to carry on the momentum we have built in recent weeks. Whoever plays wants to step off the field knowing they gave their best, and if we do that we’re confident of victory.”