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We need the fans behind us

21 April 2017

Zach Clough believes the Nottingham Forest fans can play a big part in helping to secure safety as The Reds get set to face Reading on Saturday.

With two of the final three league matches being played at The City Ground, Clough says the fans have been great in helping him settle at the club and play a big role in helping Forest avoid relegation.

He said: “We have two big home games and I’m sure the fans will be there in numbers and be behind us. If it is 0-0 at half time or we haven’t scored yet, just stay with us, be patient and hopefully we will get the result. 

“I am really enjoying myself. I have found a house which has helped as the first month I was living in a hotel. Now I have settled into a house I feel I have been playing well, I have been happy with my performances and now, hopefully, we can get over the line.

“Since I made my debut and have been in the first team I have always popped up with goals. That is something I enjoy, arriving late into the box, and I have a knack for scoring. 

“I think the goal that helped was the goal against Derby, and the celebration helped as well; I think that was key to the fans taking to me and they have been great with me.

“We just need them now to stay behind the whole team and on Saturday they will be behind us I’m sure they will be.”

Clough says that confidence can be a key component in the relegation fight and if The Reds can show composure in the final third they should be able to ensure safety.

He said: “We are all training hard and are confident about it. We are a point above the relegation zone and let’s hope we can make it count. Taking the chances on now is vital. We have been working on the play in the final third with the manager and I think it will pay off in the last three games and we will get what we deserve.

“We just need to slow things down and be composed. We have great ability and a lot of players who can score goals and I think they will come up with the goods in the last few games. There is a lot of pressure and people may be snatching at chances because we are in a tough situation, but we need to keep battling and slow things down in the final third and be composed. 

“You have got to be confident when you are in these situations. I have been there before with Bolton and we got relegated, but we weren’t in the same position as we are now as it is in our own hands. With Bolton we were playing catch up all through the season but I am more confident this time around. 

“We have the belief. We have been playing well but losing 1-0 and it is just about taking our chances when they come, like against Huddersfield. In that game we took our chances and if we can do that then I think we will be fine.”