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The battle for victory

23 September 2016

Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj is expecting a ‘physical battle’ when The Reds travel to Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.

Forest have picked up draws in their last two away games at Aston Villa and Rotherham and although Lichaj knows the game at Hillsborough will be a difficult one for his side, he maintains they are in a confident mood ahead of the clash.  

He said: “We know Sheffield Wednesday like to play. They play a similar style to Arsenal the other night but obviously not quite to that level. But they will want to perform, especially at home, and that will make it a really tough game for us.  

“It’s always been a good battle between the two sides when we go there or when they come here. It’s going to be a good Championship game, a tough physical battle and hopefully we can come out on top.  
“Before the international break we didn’t get a point away from home but now we’ve managed to get two on the board. Now we’re aiming to get that first away win and hopefully that will come on Saturday.   

“We feel like we should have won the game at Rotherham and we dropped two points there. Now we want to get that win on the road and start climbing up the league table.”  

The American full-back almost grabbed his second goal in Forest colours against Norwich last weekend but he remains focused on keeping things tight at the other end as The Reds go in search of a first clean sheet of the season.  

He said: “Last season I didn’t get forward as much as I probably should have done. So this year I’m trying to get into the box more and be an option when the crosses come in. It was probably a really bad miss from me against Norwich but I got a bit lucky that Tolis was there to put the ball into the net.  

“We’ve been conceding a few too many goals but we know that winning 4-3 is better than drawing 0-0. We always aim to get three points but we’ve been working on set-pieces and defending in training to make sure we get that clean sheet as soon as possible.”

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