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Competition makes us stronger

10 February 2017

Nottingham Forest defender Danny Fox believes competition between players can only help improve the side as The Reds visit Norwich City on Saturday.

Fox revealed that the result of every game in training is recorded to push players to do better and instil a winning mentality in the squad.

He said: “There is a real togetherness about the squad, including the ones who aren’t starting or in the squad. The training is intense and we are demanding a lot from each other and if you look back on the games that Gary has been in charge we are fitter. They demand high quality in training every day and hopefully we will keep reaping the rewards come game day.

“Training is very competitive. Anything we do, be it small sided games or 11 v 11, it is all marked down and the results are recorded on a scoreboard in the hallway to show where you are in the league. It makes sure that we go in with the mentality that it doesn’t matter how you win as long as you win. 

“It gives you an incentive going into training as you know you can’t slack off as you will get some abuse. A few of the boys haven’t won a game for a week and they are getting abuse off some of the lads and you don’t want that!

“It is healthy and it is good. You play to win games and it is something you always enjoyed when you were younger. It is refreshing that Jack, Gary and Pagey have come in and made training fun and competitive. If they see you not working hard then they won’t pick you in the squad. Reputation means for nothing at the minute and if you work hard you will be in the squad.” 

Fox said that the clash at Carrow Road will be tough but that The Reds travel to East Anglia full of belief after a positive run of results.

He said: “The last four games have been really positive, even the Leeds game despite the defeat. They are in good form as well and they are going into the game on the back of a few good results but we have got to focus on ourselves and if we do that we will get a positive result on Saturday.

“Last Saturday was a massive win but that is gone now and we are going to a tough place in Norwich and you never know what can happen. We just have to focus on each game as it comes.

“They are a good team. When we played them here we were unlucky not to get a result. They were in the Premier League last season and I was expecting them to be in and around the top two because they had a flying start but the owners have stuck with the manager and he seems to be repaying them at the minute. We go there full of confidence but we will also have to be wary of them and continue to work as hard as we have been.”

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