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Yates on goalscoring return

11 December 2019

Ryan Yates is determined to give everything for Nottingham Forest as he made a goalscoring return to the side against Middlesbrough last night.

The midfielder completed a three-game suspension following his red card against Bristol City but returned with the opening goal before Forest were frustratingly pegged back.

Speaking after the game, he said: “I was disappointed [to be sent off] but I am young, hungry and determined and I give everything for this club. I overstepped the line at Bristol but to come back and score is brilliant.

“I just want to win football games; I would rather we play rubbish, or I play rubbish, and come away with the three points.”

Yates feels that the side need to show more of a killer instinct and put teams to the sword when they take the lead, especially at The City Ground.

He said: “We are all devastated as we need to be winning games at home. I thought we dominated until we scored, then we seemed to take our foot off the gas and we stopped doing the things that was getting us the chances in the first place. They got a bit more possession and ended up getting the chance.

“It might be down to a change in mentality, when you go 1-0 up you think that you have to protect the lead. Whereas I think, especially at home, we need to put teams to the sword and make it two or three and kill the game.

“Top teams kill games off; you see the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool go 3-0 or 4-0 and it is game over. That is what we need to add into our game.

“We need to have confidence that we aren’t going to concede and, not exactly flinging bodies forward, but keeping that solid base and attacking with numbers in the box and hopefully that second and third will come.”

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