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The will to win

15 September 2014

Chris Burke says his Nottingham Forest teammates’ disappointment at a derby-day draw speaks volumes about their attitude.

The Reds came close to securing their second 1-0 victory over Derby in as many seasons but were denied late on by a Ryan Shotton goal.

And, while Burke accepts Forest have made a terrific start to the campaign, he revealed there was an air of frustration in the dressing room after full-time.

Burke said: “That shows you how we are as a team. We’re winners.

“We’re top by a point, which we’d have taken before a ball was kicked, but with the demands we set ourselves we thought we could have pushed ourselves further clear.

“I don’t think there was any flow to the game for either team, which sometimes happens in derby games. It wasn’t to be and I’m sure Derby will be happy to go away with a point.

“The good thing to look at is that we’re still undefeated.”  Forest will be looking to uphold that record when Fulham visit The City Ground on Wednesday night.

Felix Magath’s men have endured a torrid start to the campaign and sit bottom of the league with a solitary point to their name.

But Burke knows there will be no room for complacency as The Reds look to cement their position at the opposite end of the Sky Bet Championship. 

He said: “We have to show them respect. In the Championship anything can happen so we have to be at it.

“But with the crowd behind us, and if we approach the game in the right manner, I’m sure we can challenge for the three points.”

Click here to watch the full interview with Chris Burke on Forest Player.

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