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Ameobi ready for The Lions' den

18 December 2020

Nottingham Forest midfielder Sammy Ameobi hopes The Reds' midweek win over Sheffield Wednesday will provide them with a much-needed springboard ahead of Saturday's trip to Millwall.

Forest picked up a vital 2-0 victory over The Owls on Tuesday night and Ameobi says that success has vastly improved confidence levels inside the dressing room and hopes that can continue when they travel to The Den this weekend.

He said: "It has been a difficult period for us where we've played a lot of the top teams and although the performances were good, the results didn't quite come so it was good to get the win on Tuesday night and hopefully we can build on this now. To get the early goal was really important for our confidence, it was a fantastic start from the boys and it gave us something to hold onto.

"It was a nice feeling to get off to such a good start but credit to everyone involved on Tuesday because we all battled hard to hold onto that clean sheet and the three points. On a personal note, I really enjoyed being able to come in from the right wing but we've got a lot of talented players in that position like Joe Lolley and Anthony Knockaert so I'm just happy to play a part in any position.

"Any time you win a game it is going to give you a good feeling but to be fair, we were happy with our performances in the games against Watford and Norwich but we couldn't quite get the results to match. We've got some top players in this squad so we've got a lot of confidence in ourselves and there's no reason why we can't put a strong run of results together and climb up the league table."

Forest are coming to the end of a schedule which has seen them play nine games in 29 days but Ameobi says he has no doubts that the squad will be able to cope with the busy festive fixture list coming up.

He said: "We all know the Championship, it's a crazy league, so we know that we'll have to play a lot of matches in a really short space of time. Of course it's difficult but it's the same for everybody so every team that we come up against will have the same problems in that regard. We've got a strong squad and the manager likes to chop and change to keep everybody fresh so I'm confident we can cope with the schedule.

"I'm not someone who is hugely concerned about the league table at this time in the season. We've still got 27 games to play so there's such a long way to go and with the quality we've got in this squad, the league table doesn't concern me because I know we can put a good run of results together.

"We know how physical and combative Millwall are as a team and they're usually a very strong team at home but hopefully we can capitalise on their lack of confidence at home this season. If we start well like we did on Tuesday night then there's no reason why we can't bring all three points back on Saturday night."

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