Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

No Fear in the Forest Fire, Says Danny; No Fear for Us at Forest

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

No Fear in the Forest Fire, Says Danny; No Fear for Us at Forest

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Byline: ERIC PAYLOR

KEEPER Danny Coyne insisted today that Nottingham Forest's impressive home record held no fears in the Boro dressing room.

Gordon Strachan's men go to the City Ground tomorrow facing a side which has won its last eight games at home, scoring 24 goals in the process.

But Boro, still smarting from their setback at Blackpool on Tuesday, are only thinking about playing well themselves and Coyne said: "Records are there to be broken. Unbeaten runs have to come to an end some time. We know it's going to be a tough game. Forest are a very good side.

"But anything can happen in football. You have to go out and concentrate on doing what you do.

"I think the lads are even more determined after what happened on Tuesday and we will go there in the right frame of mind."

Coyne has proved a big hit with the fans since returning to the side, but has rarely played in front of the same Boro back four from one game to the next.

However he reckons the influx of older players has improved the mental strength of the Boro squad.

Coyne said: "I think the mentality of the side has been improving all the time. I am not making save after save in games. Nobody is peppering our goal.

"We played Man City in the cup and they only had a couple of shots. We went to Sheffield United and they had one shot on target. I think we have defended well over the last few weeks. You have to be professional and make it difficult for your opponents.

"It doesn't matter if you are playing against Peterborough or Nottingham Forest. You have to treat all games the same and make it hard for the teams you play against."

Boro struggled on the grassless pitch at Blackpool, especially in the first half, but Coyne does not anticipate similar problems on the green expanse at the City Ground. …

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