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Lolley ready for Rams

22 February 2019

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Nottingham Forest winger Joe Lolley said The Reds are refreshed and ready to go ahead of the East Midlands derby on Monday.

After picking up two draws on the road in the last week, Forest return to The City Ground to face Derby and Lolley is expecting a tight and tense game.

He said: "We have had a few days off to relax the minds away from football. We have had a lot of games but now we are back in training and focusing ahead of a big game.

"Not just the fact it is Derby but the fact that we need to start picking up wins to put ourselves back in the play-offs and naturally it becomes a bigger game.

"It won't be the most open game, they are always cagey and tense and that is normal for any derby. This season, we had the better chances and equipped ourselves well.

"They are a great atmosphere and it will be tight. Both teams are good teams but hopefully we will come out the better of it."

Should he feature for The Reds, it will be Lolley's third outing in the East Midlands derby and he is well aware of the significance of the fixture while also keeping the bigger picture in focus.

He said: "Since I have been here, we haven't lost but it would be nice to experience a win in a derby. Even the weeks and months leading up to it, the fans say to you 'as long as you beat Derby' so, of course, it is a massive game, everyone knows that and hopefully we can deliver.

"Whoever the game is against, it is a massive game and we are concentrating on the fact that we need the points more than anything.

"Sometimes you can go into games, especially derbies, and you have the feeling that you don't want to lose the game. We need to come away from that and go out there and win the game.

"We are playing a bit of catch up now in terms of the play-offs and we need to go on a bit of a run. That is our main focus as we do want to make the play-offs and we need to win games. The fact it is Derby makes it a bigger game but we need to start picking up wins."

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