Nottingham Forest midfielder Jamie Paterson says the club is ‘blessed’ to have one of the best sets of fans in the Sky Bet Championship ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Bolton Wanderers.A sell-out allocation of over 2,200 Reds fans made the trip to Blackpool for last weekend’s dramatic 4-4 draw and the 23-year-old admits the Forest faithful continue to provide the players with inspiration both home and away.
Speaking to Forest Player, he said: “I can’t see many teams having better support than us in the league. The support we take away from home usually sells out at every ground we go to and they always back us vocally.
“They stayed behind us even during our bad run and I think we’re blessed not only with one of the best supports in the division but also in the country. As long as they stay positive then it gives us a lift on the pitch.”
Paterson has made 20 appearances for Forest this season mainly from the substitutes’ bench but the winger says the appointment of manager Dougie Freedman has renewed his determination to break back into the side.
He said: “Football is a funny game. One minute you’re in the team and playing well and the next you’re fighting to get back into the side. But that only shows what a fantastic squad we’ve got because anyone can step in at any time.
“It was difficult for me at the start of the season but the new manager is here now and we’ve spoken quite a lot. The future looks really positive and I’m just looking to get that one chance and hopefully stay in the team.
“The players that aren’t in the side at the moment could play for most Championship sides so we’ve got a lot of strength in depth. Now we want to use that to push on and maybe reach the play-off places.”
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