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Watson ready for Derby

8 November 2019

Ben Watson is ready and raring to go as Nottingham Forest welcome rivals Derby County to The City Ground on Saturday.

The East Midlands derby is a big occasion and tomorrow’s game will be no different, with Watson eager to achieve one thing – winning the three points.

“We have already had a taste of it in the cup, we got a fantastic result and we want more of that this weekend,” he said.

“The main aim is to try and stay calm, but the nature of the game means you will be fired up. Normally, in these games, whoever keeps the calmest on the pitch comes out on top.

“We are fifth in the league, they are not far behind us so it has all the ingredients to be a good game.

“We know this is a big game, for the fans it is the biggest of the season. As players and as a team, we go out there having to treat it as a normal game so that we don’t get too excited and keep our heads. Whichever side that does that normally comes out on top at the end of the 90 minutes.”

The Reds picked up a victory last week at Luton to get back on track and Watson believes that confidence can stand them in good stead this weekend.

He said: “No matter what your form is, you will be up for it. It is always nice winning games of football and confidence is a huge thing within the players. We go into the game confidently, so will they.

“We just have to concentrate on our own performance and at the end of the 90 minutes, if that is good enough for the win, then great.

“It is probably the biggest derby I have personally played in. Before I signed here, I didn’t realise how big a rivalry it is. Having played in it and being in and around the city, it is huge.

“It will be tight early on, it will be intense with both teams looking to play with energy and play good football. Whoever keeps their head will have the chance of winning the game.”


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