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Forest ready to fight

24 February 2017

Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga is prepared to fight for the three points when The Reds travel to face Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Forest lost 2-0 at the DW Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup earlier in the season, and return to Wigan looking to get a result and pull away from the relegation spots.

Assombalonga said: “Last time we went there it wasn’t good, especially for the fans as it must have been hard to watch that game. But we have turned it around with the way we have been playing and hopefully we can get a result. We need to stick together, the players and staff, and we go to Wigan and we are prepared to fight.

“It is a whole different feel to before and the management are getting us to do different things so we need to go there and be prepared to fight.

“We need to focus on the next game. It is a clean slate and that was in the cup. This is the league and we need to get three points. 

“Everyone can beat each other in the Championship and we have to take each game seriously. We beat Newcastle at the top and lost to Wigan in the FA Cup. We have to go there with a clear head, focus on our own game and when we do that we can do well.”

Britt has found himself out of the side in recent weeks due to the form of Ben Brereton and Ross McCormack, and he feels that the extra competition for starting roles can only help improve the team.

He said: “I am fit and getting better every time I step on to the pitch. It is disappointing not to play but it is football and I am ready when the manager calls on me to play. It is a team game and I was disappointed but I have got to show a reaction for when I go on the pitch to show what I can do.

“Everyone has good quality so I don’t think there will be a change in the way we play. The competition for places is very tough. Being top goalscorer then coming out again is tough but the way the manager has done it makes me even more hungry to play. I am happy for Ben, he has gone in and scored and that confidence takes you sky high.

“I look forward to playing with anyone up top. You like to play with forwards like Zach and Ross who drop deep and create something out of nothing. Everyone has different things to offer and it is a shame we can’t get everyone on the pitch! Every time everyone has gone on the pitch they have done well so it is a fight to get a place.”

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