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24 January 2017

Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn believes The Reds can get something from the trip to Leeds United tomorrow night.

Osborn struck the winner against Bristol City on Saturday and is hoping for a similarly committed performance for the trip to Elland Road.

He said: “I do enjoy playing against Leeds; we normally have a good following there and we have done well so I am looking forward to it. We beat them at home and their team hasn’t changed dramatically since then. After the win on Saturday we are confident going into it.

“They are a well organised team, something that we can be as well. It will be tight with few goals in it but we are confident and playing away from home may suit us. We do like to press and get the opposition on the back foot and we can go there and nick something.”

The midfielder’s winning goal on Saturday has drawn acclaim for its ingenuity but it was all down to hard work on the training ground.

He said: “It was a good goal but the Derby goal has still got to be up there. It is my best goal of the season so far – there is only two – but I’m happy with it.

“I practiced it a couple of times in training with Dan the kit man and Cashy and had been successful. It was in a good range for me, I fancied it and it went in. I have been meaning to do it for a few games now and it looked a good range on Saturday and as soon as we got the free kick I said to Cashy that we were doing it and no one else knew what was happening. 

“The main thing was that we got the win. It was a massive game looking back on it, we knew beforehand but tried not to say too much. With the position they are in, the change going on here and for the new staff to get three points and hit the ground running, as well as ending our bad run, it was a vital goal and there was some relief when it went in.”

Osborn was full of praise for the work that Gary Brazil, Jack Lester and Rob Page have done since taking charge of the first-team and they have helped to bring a buzz back to the training ground.

He said: “It’s the first time I have worked with Jack and Rob and I have been impressed. If you speak with any of the other players, they will say the same. They speak very well, are very knowledgeable about the game, and if we had the news now that they were in charge for the rest of the season it would be very welcome. 

“It almost feels as if they have come in and it is like a new manager taking over. They have not come in and said that it is temporary, they are looking at it in depth and teaching us new things and all the lads are buying into it. There is a bit of a buzz about the place and we have the confidence from the win and if we can get a result tomorrow it will be very positive.”

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