Nottingham Forest defender Matt Mills says the players ‘can’t wait’ for tomorrow night’s East Midlands derby at The City Ground (kick-off 7.30pm).
The Reds take on the Rams under the lights and Mills, along with a number of others, is looking forward to experiencing the fixture for the very first time.
He told Forest Player HD: “The lads can’t wait for it. When you sign for Forest everyone tells you that it’s the biggest game and it’s certainly one that I’ve been looking forward to. On Sky, under the lights – it should make for a great evening.
“In derbies gone by I’ve picked up good results so that’s a good omen. Whenever I play it’s pretty full-hearted, and it’ll be the same Friday night.
“The atmosphere is going to be heated. It’s up to us as players to try and keep it cool on the pitch. That’s something we need to take into account going into the game.”
A minute’s silence and the playing of the Last Post is sure to add to the atmosphere, before Mull of Kintyre rings out around The City Ground.
And for Mills, the playing of the club anthem never fails to affect him.
He says: “The song before the game always gives me goosebumps on the back of my neck. I can’t speak for everyone, but for me it’s amazing. I love playing at home for that. I can never get tired of that feeling before the game.
“I’m sure it’s going to be electric. I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully we can get the win and send the fans home happy.”