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Appiah looking to build on first start

11 April 2019

Nottingham Forest forward Arvin Appiah is eager to build on his first start for the club and make an impression in the first team as The Reds get set to take on Blackburn Rovers this weekend.

The 18-year-old made his debut for the club earlier in the season, scoring against Burton Albion, and appeared from the start for the first time at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

In what is a breakthrough season for the academy graduate, he was over the moon to get the call up from manager Martin O'Neill.

He said: "I was nervous at the time but also excited as I wanted to show everyone what I could do. The nerves started to kick in when we were in the tunnel, then shaking the players hands but after I got my first touch I got into it. The players around me helped me a lot. I was speaking to Robbo a lot, Jack Colback helped me during the game as well so it was great to have that support around me.

"The gaffer told me to be myself; sometimes you are going to lose the ball but be positive and keep working hard. That was the thing and I just had to have that strong mentality to keep going, not crumble or anything and have the confidence to beat my man. I enjoyed it in the first half as you could see.

"Overall, considering it was my first start, I thought I did well. It was hard because I am an attacking player but in the Championship you have to do a lot of work to help your teammates out. I thought I did my defensive duties well and attacking, we probably didn't have as much of the ball as we would have liked but overall I thought I did okay but there is more to come."

Following on from his debut in the Carabao Cup, Appiah went on to make his league debut against Leeds United at The City Ground in January and has since gone on to represent England Under 19s for the first time. He is determined to keep impressing and hopes to be involved again this weekend.

He said: "It has been a tough season but also been a good one for me. I made my debut, scored on my debut and have been able to get some minutes. I just want to take every game as it comes, work hard for the gaffer and on the training pitch and when I do get a chance, I want to show what I am capable of.

"I've just got to keep working, listening to the coaches and all of the experienced players and hopefully I could be starting again or on the bench.

"It would be amazing, I would love to start 100 per cent. I want to show the Forest fans what I am about. Hopefully I can get on the pitch, excite the crowd and take my chance."

Arvin was speaking with Forest Review for this Saturday's game at The City Ground and you can read the full interview in the matchday programme, available for £3 from around the ground before the match.


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