Date: 7th February 2020 at 8:00am
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All for one and one for all.

That seems to be the message that Nottingham Forest defender Matty Cash wants to get across as his side get set to face one of their biggest tests of the season against second-placed Leeds United.

With the result of the game likely to have a huge effect on how the rest of the Championship season plays out, it’s vital that Forest are at their best ahead of the showdown at the City Ground.

But if they don’t manage to get the result they want, it sounds as if they’ll be in a pretty good place. Speaking to The League Paper, Cash pointed out what one of the key factors has been behind Nottingham Forest’s climb up the table this season:

“We have got everyone together and every day in training we are working hard. We have got Watto (Ben Watson) in there, the skipper. He leads by example. He talks very well and he leads everyone on. We have experience with the likes of Watto, Grabbs (Lewis Grabban) and Daws (Michael Dawson) and you need those players in your team. When you are losing games and you need to come through, the experienced players guide you along and that really helps us.”

I think Cash raises a very interesting point in all that.

Whilst there has been significant turnaround at Forest this season, in the dugout as well as on the pitch, you need to have players who have been there and done that to get you through these last few months.

And with Dawson having experienced promotion with Hull back in 2016, and Grabban with Norwich in 2015, they can really act as the catalysts that help push Forest over the edge during this promotion push.

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So hopefully it’s not just the players that are leaning on them, but the manager as well. Because he’s done a good job so far getting Forest this close, but he might need that little boost to navigate these next couple of months.

 
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