Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga is aiming to use the strength of a young Forest fan as inspiration when The Reds take to the field against Aston Villa at The City Ground.
Britt visited City Hospital on Friday to see 20-year-old Dylan Barker who is battling with cancer, and the Forest frontman is keen to get three points on World Cancer Day.
He said: “It was great to see Dylan as it puts a lot into perspective with all of the things that a lot of people go through. To come here and see him shows how strong he is. It helps people like me to use them as an inspiration to keep going in life, whatever happens.
“We will be wearing the bracelets and the t-shirts so if everyone can get on board it will mean a lot. It is important to support causes like this and get on board as it is appreciated.”
Britt scored his first goals since November in the win over Rotherham on Tuesday night and he is hoping to use that as a springboard for the visit of the Villans.
He said: “From Tuesday we want to build on that with back-to-back wins against Aston Villa. It will be a tough game as they are a good side and hopefully we can come out on top.
“We have got to keep doing what we are doing. With the new management that has come in they know the way they want to play and they have got us focusing on our game and it is going in the right direction.
“It was big for my confidence but it is big for the team as well. We just want to make little statements that we are a team that shouldn’t be at the bottom. We are climbing our way up and we just need to keep building points.
“We are looking upwards but we just have to keep focusing on each game as it comes and they will take care of themselves. The Championship is a funny league and anyone can beat anyone so anything can happen.
“We are not worried about Villa too much. We want to look at our game and let them worry about us. The way we have been playing in the last few weeks hopefully we can carry that on, go out and attack and see what happens.”
With two new strikers signing for the club on deadline day in Ross McCormack and Zach Clough, competition for places is strong and Britt knows that can only help the team.
He said: “The new boys have settled in great and have got on with everyone from the get go. They have been good in training and long may it continue. For all the boys there is a lot of good competition which gets everyone going and everyone driving forward.
“That is what football is about. You have to compete with the person next to you and it only makes you better. I am relishing the challenge and it is for the benefit of the team and it can only make us better.”