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Cash excited for Leeds clash

7 February 2020

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Matty Cash says he is expecting "an incredible atmosphere" at The City Ground on Saturday night as Nottingham Forest host fellow promotion chasers Leeds United.

Cash has enjoyed a superb season so far in his new position at right-back and the 22-year-old has paid tribute to head coach Sabri Lamouchi for developing his game in ways he couldn't imagine.

He said: "From the day he joined the club he has been pretty hard on me but that's what I need. He has been teaching me all about the new position I'm playing in and I need his quality of coaching to help me improve. He demands the best from us in training every day and that's great.

"If we win on a Saturday then the training session on the Monday is always the toughest because he demands that we improve and work on our skills ahead of the next game. Understandably he wasn't happy after the Birmingham game but he has encouraged us to get back on track this weekend.

"We know how big the game is on Saturday, especially considering the position of both teams in the league, and Forest vs Leeds is always a massive fixture. The atmosphere is going to be incredible so we're all looking forward to it."

There was plenty of speculation surrounding Cash in the January transfer window but the Forest man is only concentrating on life at The City Ground and a potential push for promotion.

He said: "It's always nice to hear people mentioning your name but my intention was to stay here from day one of the transfer window. I'm enjoying my football here and I'll just leave everyone else to do the talking. My number-one aim is Nottingham Forest and I want my future to be here and I want to be successful.

"It means a lot to me to come through the academy, to make my debut at 18 and to still be in the first-team now. For me it's a dream come true because aged 17, I was working in a toy shop and now I'm playing for Nottingham Forest. I'm treating every day as a blessing because I'm playing for one of the biggest clubs in the country so my mind is concentrated on playing here.

"I've always had to appreciate earning money so I keep my feet on the ground and stay level-headed. To be playing football in front of 30,000 people most weeks is incredible so I just try to focus on where I've come from to where I am now."

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