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Bendtner braced for Derby

10 December 2016

Nottingham Forest striker Nicklas Bendtner says confidence is high going into the East Midlands derby against Derby County on Sunday.

The Danish striker struck the equalising goal against Newcastle last week in the 2-1 win and is keen to follow that up with a victory at the iPro Stadium.

He said: “I have been told by the fans that it is a massive match. I know about it, the boys have been speaking about it and it is the biggest match of the season.

“The Newcastle match had everything you would want in a football match. We were happy to get the three points and we are now three wins in a row so we have a lot of confidence.

“We can still improve. We have confidence and belief which can carry a great weight, but we can still improve and we are working hard to do that. When we finally get there we will look a stronger side.”

Bendtner is no stranger to a derby game having played in several North London derbies during his time at Arsenal and he is determined to remain focused on the pitch on Sunday.

He said: “I love derbies. The atmosphere and everything around it is amazing and when the game finally comes there is always a lot of tension and you have to be 100 per cent ready. It is always that extra few per cent that makes you win the match.

“There is always the extra bit of excitement as you know what it means to the club. You feel that and I think the most important thing is to go out there and try to win. It is the same for every player as when the game starts you forget about everything else and play your game. 

“It is going to be a tough match, Derby is a strong team and they can pass the ball around well. For us we need to attack the game head on and take our chances. If we do that we have a great chance but we need to be strong defensively as well. In these last few games we have improved defensively so we want to keep that going.”

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