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Playing to the crowd

6 May 2016

Ben Osborn says the novelty of playing in front of Nottingham Forest’s huge away followings has far from worn off for him.

More than 4,000 Reds fans will be in the away end on Saturday as Forest end the 2015-16 campaign at MK Dons.

And 21-year-old Osborn, who is coming to the end of his second season as a first-team regular, admits it still excites him to play in front of packed-out away ends.

The midfielder told Forest Player HD: “Any time there’s a good atmosphere or a big crowd, it really makes a difference.

“You look around before the game kicks off and realise: ‘Yeah, you’ve got to go here.’ It’s still a great feeling.

“Our away fans are always brilliant. They out-sing the home support nearly everywhere we go and always travel in numbers.

“Hopefully we can put on a good performance for them and it’ll be a good atmosphere.”

Osborn now has more than 60 senior starts to his name and he has learned a lot from the current campaign.

He said: “This season’s been a massive learning curve for me, especially starting off with the injuries because I’ve never really been injured.

“I found myself out of the team and it’s just been good to get back in and have a good run of games towards the end of the season.

“I think defensively I’ve become more solid and organised and my positional sense has improved.

“I’ve spent the majority of this season out on the left, which I wouldn’t say is my natural position, but we’ve got so many central midfielders I’ve just been happy to get on the pitch and play the number of minutes I have.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with Dani Pinillos and Bojan Jokic – they’ve been two really, really good left backs to play in front of.”

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