Georgia Hewitt and the rest of the Nottingham Forest side are gearing up for a fierce East Midlands derby tie with rivals Derby County in the second round of The FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds head into the fixture in fine form as they have picked up six consecutive wins across all competitions in their last six outings and Hewitt believes that the side are ‘capable of beating anyone’ as they look to make it seven wins out of seven.
“The ability we have as a team and the confidence I have for my team mates is unbelievable,” Hewitt explained.
“On our day, I think we are capable of beating anyone so I think going into Sunday if we play our game and focus on ourselves we can get the win.
“We can’t change the way we play or think just because we are playing in the FA Cup or against Derby, we will concentrate on our own game and hopefully that will get us through to the next round.”
Forest have enjoyed a successful few months as they have collected nine victories out of their last 10 matches but Hewitt states the side are not going to get carried away with their recent results.
Hewitt said: “As a team we are continually growing and our confidence is growing after every session and game but at the end of the day, this is football and anything can happen, especially in the FA Cup.
“You have to turn up to every game and play like it’s your last and that’s exactly what we will set out to do on Sunday, we want to win and that is exactly what we will set out to do.”
The 25-year-old has played on either side of the derby as she previously represented The Rams before joining Forest and she played a part in The Reds’ most recent win over her former side. A second-half Precious Hamilton goal saw Forest earn a deserved 1-0 win against their rivals at Pride Park.
Despite their recent derby day win Hewitt explains the side’s approach to the game is no different to any others and the previous result plays no relevance in the tie.
“The good thing about being from Derby is I think I understand the fixture incredibly well and I know how much it means to the fans and to us as Forest players to win because everyone wants bragging rights for the badge they wear on their heart,” she explained.
“Obviously, there’s a different element of buzz that adds to the game because it is the FA Cup and it’s against Derby but we will approach the game as we do every other game, it will be no different.
“We have to put previous results behind us, just because we won the previous encounter, it does not give us the right to turn up and expect to win.”
Hewitt joined The Reds ahead of the 2018/19 season from Derby after she made the short move down the A52 and it’s one that she is thankful that she made as she says Forest have improved her as a player.
She said: “It’s a decision I stick by and I am incredibly proud of.
“Since I’ve moved to red side of the A52 I’d say I’ve turned into a completely different player from what I was and I’m thankful to Forest for giving me the opportunity and for continuing to develop me as a player.”
After 18 months as a Red Hewitt would now call Forest her home as it’s a club that has a ‘special place’ in her heart.
“I absolutely love this club, whether it’s my team mates or the staff. I just absolutely love it and everyone involved. I consider it my home and a club that surprisingly has a special place in my heart,” Hewitt said.
“When Lee Billiard (general manager) ever asks for volunteers for events I’m probably always one of the first ones to say I’ll do it because I just love being involved with the club and representing it.
“Forest is a club I want to see in the leagues above and it has my 100% commitment and effort to try and make that happen.”