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Togetherness is key

28 March 2017

Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Ward said togetherness can be key as The Reds get back into Sky Bet Championship action this weekend against Preston.

Forest make the trip north for the match at Deepdale on Saturday and Ward, who scored the opening goal in Northern Ireland’s win over Norway on Sunday, is keen to get back on the pitch after missing games against former clubs Burton Albion and Derby County through suspension.

He said: “It was a good productive break, a nice goal for myself but the important thing was that we won the game and we are sitting in a good position in the table. I have never scored a goal so quickly and it helps to grow your confidence and an early goal can give you that extra buzz. 

“It was really frustrating [being suspended] as it was against the two teams I would have liked to have played against the most. It is one of those things and it is the way I play the game – on the edge.

“The lads are confident and have had a good week training last week. We have got to take on what we did in the Derby game, build on it and hopefully grow into getting some more results. 

“We need to win as many games as possible now. We are in the situation where it is all or nothing and we can’t get dragged into the bottom three as the pressure will be on us even more. We need to do what we are good at and start controlling things around us and try and win as many games on the pitch. 

“We are all together, as you could see at the end of the Derby game, and we have got to make sure we stick together.”

Ward has been impressed with Mark Warburton and David Weir since the pair came into the club as manager and assistant manager, and knows they have a tough task to pick from a large squad.

He said: “They have introduced little tests in the morning, such as hydration tests and wellness tests, and the lads know they need to be hydrated and ready for training every day and if they are you will get the best out of people in training.

“It is going to be frustrating for some who aren’t going to get much game time between now and the end of the season, but we need to muck together and get on with it and help this club to stay in the league.”

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