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Lam aiming to lift Reds

25 November 2016

Nottingham Forest defender Thomas Lam is targeting a run of results to lift The Reds up the Sky Bet Championship table.

Lam starred in a defensive midfield role in the 2-0 win at Ipswich on Saturday and is keen to follow that up with another positive result in front of the Sky television cameras at Barnsley on Friday night.

He said: “We needed a win and also it was nice to get a clean sheet for the first time this season. We are looking forward to the next game. We know that one win is not enough, we know we have to get a series of wins and we are looking forward to getting another good result.

“It was a big win for us. If you win you get confident and start paying better. We deserved the win on Saturday and we have to move on and do it again in the next game.  

“Everything starts with hard work. I think we have realised what we had to do on the pitch and what every player has to do. If we do that we are strong enough to win games and get to a better position in the table. We just need to have a good series of results.”  

Lam was deployed to shield the three centre-backs at Portman Road and it is a role that he has played before during his time in Holland playing at Zwolle.

He said: “I know that position, I have played there a lot and I know what to do. It fits me well as I like to play with the ball and get involved in the attacking game as well. It kept the balance in the team and it went well last time and hopefully I can get another start on Friday.

“I think with the way we want to play it is good to have one midfielder who stays in front of the defenders to keep the control when we lose the ball and that was important on Saturday. I am happy with that position and I want to improve it.

“When I played in Holland I was used to driving with the ball and doing the attacking as well, but in England I am staying with the defence which is difficult sometimes. But my teammates have helped me with that on the pitch and the importance of staying with the defence.”  

The Finnish international feels that he is finally finding his feet in England after making the move to Forest in the summer. He started with a bang after scoring twice in August, including the winner against Wigan, and had a big learning curve following his red card against Cardiff.

He said: “The first couple of weeks and months I was getting used to it and the new culture as it is a different style to what we play in Holland. It is getting better and better and every training session I improve myself. I have to work hard but that is normal and I am enjoying playing in England. The fans are great and support us every game and we need that.  

“The main difference is the tempo in the game and the physicality. In Holland the level technically is a little bit higher but the tempo and physicality is the most different. You get used to it and the longer you play in the Championship the better it will be. I have had to change a little bit but you use your strengths. I am training every day in the gym to improve myself and you have to go with the tempo otherwise you will not make it.   

“There have been ups and downs and I try to give 100 per cent every game. I want to play solid in every game and build on that.   

“I learned a lot of things from the red card. It was a stupid fault by me and I talked a lot with my family about it. The most important thing is to learn from it and move forward.”

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