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A tough test

6 April 2018

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It will be a tough test against Middlesbrough on Saturday but it is one the Nottingham Forest squad are looking forward to, according to Danny Fox.

Boro are pushing for a play-off spot and Fox knows it will be a difficult encounter at the Riverside, but one that The Reds will relish.

He said: "If you look at the games we have performed well in, they have been games against teams fighting for something. We just need to become more consistent.

"We just need to get that mentality right to be able to perform at that level. We all enjoy those big games more as you go into it knowing that you have to perform and to get out of this league you need to have that every week regardless of who you are playing against.

"We lost against Millwall, then the game was off on Monday. We were itching to get back out there after the defeat but it is a different kind of test on Saturday.

"They are pushing for the play-offs and Tony Pulis has come in and got a few good results playing some effective football. It is a test and a challenge and at this stage of the season it is rare you will play against a team with nothing to play for."

Fox penned a new one-year contract on Thursday and was delighted to have committed his future to the club.

"I am enjoying it. I have been here for a while now and I feel like I am showing my true ability playing as a centre back. I obviously started as a left back but I am enjoying working with the gaffer and the staff and the club is going in the right direction.

"I am enjoying every minute of it. I just want to stay fit and hopefully I can contribute to some good performances and some good results from now until the end the of the season, come back in pre-season and start fresh and hopefully the start of something special next year."

The defender added that his recent run in the side has been one of the most enjoyable as a real team spirit has developed amongst the squad.

"The seven game unbeaten run which we just had gave me the satisfaction when you come off the pitch having known that you have done your job, that it was a tough game but you have enjoyed it as well," he said.

"Working hard and being a team - this is the most together as we ever have been as a collective. Its not just the lads who are playing, its those who aren't travelling or in the 18 on the Saturday. You need that good bond and togetherness if you want to do anything in this league.

"I can't remember the last time we went unbeaten like that. We are becoming a real team that sticks together and does the dirty work for each other.

"We have a good mix. The gaffer has brought in players with experience and we have a good mix. Everyone talks to everyone and we are all bonding well on the pitch as well as off it. Long may that continue and hopefully we can finish the season strongly which is the most important thing."

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