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Feeling sharp

4 December 2015

Nottingham Forest defender Michael Mancienne says he felt ‘sharp’ on his comeback from injury last weekend.

The defender made his first appearance for almost two months when he came off the bench in the 3-1 win over Reading.

And he had no problems to report to Forest Player HD ahead of Saturday’s visit of Fulham.

Mancienne said: “I’d been training for about a week so I felt good, I felt sharp and I felt fit.

“Against Hull I went in for a tackle and my standing leg got caught in the ground. It twisted my knee around and I tweaked a ligament.

“I’ve never had that injury before but the physio team have helped me come back as quickly as possible and have done a really good job.

“My main focus now is on staying fit and getting back into the team.”
Mancienne contributed to a fine defensive effort in the closing stages against the Royals, helping Forest keep their opponents at arm’s length despite the dismissal of Jack Hobbs.

Either Kelvin Wilson or Mancienne could step in for the suspended centre back tomorrow as The Reds look for their third home win on the bounce.

And Mancienne believes a similar performance to last weekend’s could help develop Forest’s reputation as a tough nut to crack on home soil.

Mancienne said: “We want to make it hard for teams to come to us. We want them to be afraid – to look at our record and know we’ve been winning and doing really well at home.

“That’s always going to be in the back of their mind so that gives us the edge in the game, and obviously it’s great for the fans.

“We played really well against Reading. We created a lot of chances, and took them. I thought we got what we deserved finally.

“I think it’s going to be the same kind of thing tomorrow – we’ve got to take our chances and defend well.”

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