Britt Assombalonga was thrilled that his first Nottingham Forest hat-trick came at The City Ground.The summer signing from Peterborough has begun his Trentside career in blistering form, last night scoring his sixth, seventh and eighth Forest goals in the 5-3 win over Fulham.
And, while the 21-year-old is proving he is more than adept at scoring both home and away, Assombalonga says yesterday’s hat-trick was made even more special due to the fact it came on home turf.
He said: “I’m delighted with my first hat-trick, especially as it came at home in front of all our fans.
“As a striker all you want to do is score goals. Every goal gives you a confidence boost.
“This was a big step for me, coming from Peterborough and playing in front of 25,000 every week.
“It was a bit nerve-wracking at the start but now I’ve settled in with the boys it’s all good.”
One negative note to come out of yesterday was the confirmation Chris Cohen had suffered the third serious knee injury of his career, news Assombalonga says has hit the squad hard.
He said: “It’s sad news which has affected all the boys.
“At training he always speaks to everyone, encouraging people. He’s obviously still going to be around but not having him on the pitch will be difficult.
“But if we can keep doing well he’ll be happy, and when you’re happy things start to go well for you.”
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