Nottingham Forest midfielder Jamie Ward is not afraid of the challenge posed by high-flying Sheffield Wednesday when they visit The City Ground tomorrow.
Ward missed out on the trip to Fulham on Tuesday night and is keen to be involved tomorrow and he believes that with hard work, The Reds can get a result.
He said: “I missed out on Tuesday night and it is one of those things. It is a squad game which means it is important when you do get a chance that you perform. We have got a lot more bodies and brought in some good signings towards the end of the window so it will be tough to get a position towards the top end of the pitch. We have to work hard in training and it is down to Gary to pick who they think is best for the team.
“We have got to work hard in training. I would like to think Tuesday was a rest to give my body a chance to recover. Tuesday was disappointing as you always like to be involved and this weekend hopefully I am.
“We could do with a result every week but after two losses we need to try and get something back on the board. The most important thing is a hard-working performance and hopefully that will take care of itself.
“We started both halves really well and just seemed to sit back. If you give a team like Fulham time to play, then that is where they are good and if you close them down that’s when they’re not so good. We didn’t have it in our legs to do it for the 90 minutes but it is gone now and we aren’t worried about it.
“Wednesday are going for the play-offs again, they have good individuals in the team and plenty of goalscorers. We won’t take them too lightly but we won’t be afraid of them. We can match any team in this league when we perform and we just have to worry about our own performance and what will be will be.”
Forest’s form on Trentside can be crucial to helping them pull away from the relegation spots and Ward feels everyone needs to pull together to make The City Ground a difficult place to visit.
He said: “At home you should always try and get a good record. It should be tough for teams to come here, the players should make it tough and the fans should make it horrible for the other team. If we stick to our game plan and work hard the result should take care of itself.
“Sheffield Wednesday are in better form than Aston Villa were. The performance against Villa was good and we showed spirit which is what we need for where we are in the table at the minute. We need to fight and scrap and that is what we will do.
“We are fighting for points and we have got to make sure we survive. We have done well since Gary and Jack have taken over at home and we have to carry that on. It is about building momentum.
“When the fans get behind you they are brilliant. Now we are starting to get them behind us at home and you can understand why they have been upset but hopefully our performances are helping to turn things around.”