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The fans keep us going

13 March 2019

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill knows how important the fans are in keeping The Reds' play-off push going as they get ready to take on Aston Villa tonight.

The levels of support shown for the team continues to amaze O'Neill who said they can continue to be a really big influence on the results at The City Ground.

"I am staggered," he said. "It is nice to see that and obviously there is a feel-good factor and that is from the start of the season. The fans have bought into what is happening at the football club at the start with the season tickets which is great and it is record breaking.

"I think of the days that I enjoyed as a player and we didn't have remotely close to the number of season tickets then as we do now, in a different division. The fans have been terrific and the atmosphere against Derby was something that I have found difficult to experience elsewhere in recent times.

"It is up to us now to keep that going, that we have got to give the fans something back in return. Maybe in the last 20 minutes of the game on Saturday we returned that favour partly but it is up to us to continue that.

"If we can give the fans something to cheer about, trying to get on the front foot early, getting some shots away and maybe getting an early goal like we did against Derby, I think that always helps immensely.

"The crowd have been really terrific and they played a big a part as the players did in keeping us going on Saturday."


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