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Dalton excited for Sunderland test

25 September 2019

Izzy Dalton believes The Reds are brewing with confidence heading into Sunday’s game against Sunderland after they’ve picked up three consecutive wins.

Dalton said: “It’s definitely a huge confidence boost heading into the upcoming games off the back of three wins.

“I think we have been deserving of the last three results so we are proving that we can compete with anyone.”

Forest most recently beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 at Eastwood CFC, who at the time sat second in the league standings, six places above The Reds. Forest headed into the break 2-0 up but Huddersfield sparked a comeback in the second-half and grabbed a goal back to ensure it was a nervy end for The Reds but the side held on to deservedly claim all three points.

Dalton explained how ‘pleasing’ it was to come away with all three points not just last Sunday but also in their previous two games.

“I think as a whole we are extremely pleased with the past three results we have picked up,” she said.

“We are starting show what we are about so it’s been good to come away with three points.”

Not only have Forest impressively picked up all nine points in their last three games they have also only conceded the one goal. Dalton, who has took up the position of right back in those last three games, takes no credit from that feat and thanks the midfield that roam in front of her.

Dalton explained: “It’s definitley reassuring knowing that stat that we’ve only conceded the one goal and knowing we are doing our job back there.”

“But credit to all the girls in front of us for making it a lot easier.”

This is Dalton’s first season playing in Garibaldi after her move from the United States of America in the summer and she explained how the move was perfect for her.

“I have absolutely loved every minute of being at Forest,” she stated.

“It’s not often you can find places that tick every box but Forest has done that and I’m enjoying every bit of it.”

The 22 year old began the season playing deep inside the Forest midfield but a change from Head Coach Andy Cook saw her make the move from right-back.

Talking about her position change Dalton said: “Moving to right-back from the midfield was a slight change from what I’ve been used too but I have played there before so It wasn’t too unknown to me.

“I have been enjoying playing back there and just trying to get forward as much as I can within reason.”

Looking ahead to Sunday’s fixture The Reds welcome the unbeaten league leaders, Sunderland, to Eastwood CFC which will be the biggest test Forest have faced so far this season. 

Dalton explained how her side are prepared to take on the task: “Sunday will be a huge one for us. 

“We have faced some tough teams so far and this will be another tough one but one we are prepared for it. 

“We will stick to our usual game plan and go about our business as usual and play the way we have been. 

“It is a huge three points on the line so we will be eager to come away with all of those.”


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