Nottingham Forest midfielder Harry Arter is looking forward to his first taste of the East Midlands derby on Friday night.
The Reds entertain Derby County at The City Ground and, although the fans won’t be able to attend in-person, Arter knows the importance of the game to all of the Reds watching from home.
He said: “It is a shame the fans are not here for it. I have seen it on the tele before and it always looks like a great game to play in, so it is a shame they are not here but the two previous games really sets us up for a positive result.
“The fans not being here will take that derby feel away from it, but it is a big game. There are lads that have played in it previously and it is one that I am looking forward to playing in, if I am playing.
“Hopefully the fans sitting at home will have a good weekend and we can bring them a bit of happiness.”
Arter has come off the bench in Chris Hughton’s two games in charge so far and is hoping to be involved from the start on Friday night.
But he knows that whoever is playing will be giving their all to get the three points.
He said: “I was a bit disappointed not to start, every player has that selfish streak where they want to play every game. But the most important thing is the team and we picked up two decent results.
“The Rotherham one was slightly disappointing not to get the three points, I think overall we deserved it. You wanted to change those losses into positive results, albeit it was only a point on Tuesday it is still a point in the right direction and it has set up a great game for Friday night.”