Ando hoping to complete 'perfect week' with victory over former employers
Paul Anderson is hoping to complete a ‘perfect week’ for Town, by picking up three points against his former club Nottingham Forest tomorrow.
The Blues go into the game on a high after a superb win against high-flying Derby on Tuesday night, which followed victory over Brighton just a few days earlier at The Amex Stadium.
The 25-year-old says the players and staff are all very confident that Town can make the Play-Offs- and have been since the start of the season.
“I think we’ve been fairly confident from day one that we’d have half a sniff of the Play-Offs,” Ando told the Club’s website.
“There are a lot of good teams in the League but we’ve always believed in the work rate and togetherness we have and how we’re prepared to work hard, that is our strength. That’s worked and now we’re two points of the Play-Offs.”
Paul, who spent four years at The City Ground, says they’ll be no love lost on Saturday and all he is focusing on is helping Town keep the good run going.
“It’s obviously a big surprise [Forest’s recent form] as they’ve spent a lot of money but there’s also been a lot of change. They’ve had a lot of injuries with their main players,” Town’s number 11 added.
“But we’ll be looking at ourselves and we’ll be going into the game thinking we’ll win this and at the end of the game we will hopefully be in the Play-Off positions or be hovering just outside.
“We’re desperate to be that team that are in the Play-Offs and if at the end of the day it’s at the expensive of Nottingham Forest then so be it."
Cole Skuse faces a race against time to be fit for Saturday following a hip injury that kept him out of the Brighton and Derby games. David McGoldrick is out until the end of the season with a knee ligament injury.
Defender Jamaal Lascelles will miss out as he begins a two-match suspension, with Kevin Gomis one of the players who could deputise. Jamie Paterson and Radoslaw Majewski will both be pushing for starts after being named on the bench in midweek. Meanwhile Marcus Tudgay could come into contention after being recalled from his loan spell at Charlton.
Where they finished last season
Where they currently stand
Last time we met
Both teams were in similar positions in the League when they met back in December at the City Ground, with the match ending in a goalless draw. Town went into the fixture having won their last three matches and looking to close the gap on the top six.
It was a fairly even match, with both teams having chances at goal. Christophe Berra almost broke the deadlock late on as he steamed forwards playing a one-two with Frank Nouble to burst into the box but his shot was saved, whilst at the other end Dean Gerken made a couple of smart saves to ensure Blues left The City Ground with a share of the spoils.
Worn both badges
A popular player during his loan with Town during the beginning of the 2011/12 season, the defender has made 13 appearances for Forest so far this season. A solid defender, who can play across the back, Collins poses a threat in the air and is one of Forest’s most experienced players.
Referee- Andrew Madley
Assistants- Michael George & Adrian Sannerude
Fourth Official- Michael Bull
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