Ag­gres­sion is key to un­beaten run of re­sults

LOL­LEY BE­LIEVES CHANGE OF AT­TI­TUDE HAS BEEN CRU­CIAL

Nottingham Post - - SPORT - By PAUL TAY­LOR

NOTTINGHAM For­est’s sev­en­match un­beaten run - and their climb into the Cham­pi­onship top six - has been in­spired by Ai­tor Karanka’s side find­ing their “ag­gres­sion”.

Winger Joe Lol­ley be­lieves the Reds’ re­cent resur­gence has come about af­ter the For­est boss called for a change in at­ti­tude from his squad.

For­est re­sponded by em­bark­ing on an im­proved run of form, which started with a 0-0 draw at Swansea, where the Reds might have taken all three points, and cul­mi­nated most re­cently in an im­pres­sive 2-0 win at Mid­dles­brough.

As they head into an­other in­ter­na­tional break, prior to the visit of Nor­wich City next week­end, winger Lol­ley hopes their good form will con­tinue.

“Since the last in­ter­na­tional break and up to this one, we have re­mained un­beaten and we are in pretty good form,” said the for­mer Hud­der­s­field man.

“We have played well, we have been ag­gres­sive and we hope that con­tin­ues for us be­cause we will go a long way if we can con­tinue that. I think that was the change [be­ing more ag­gres­sive]. Both de­fen­sively and go­ing for­ward. We’ve al­ways had the po­ten­tial to score goals but we prob­a­bly needed to de­fend bet­ter as a team.

“But, with a bet­ter struc­ture, we now press teams, we do not let them play and we get the ball higher up the pitch.

“We are a lot more ag­gres­sive de­fen­sively as well. That helps us. It is pay­ing off so far.”

Lol­ley, whose goal at the River­side Sta­dium last week­end was his third in four games, says it will be hard to top the per­for­mance against Tony Pulis’s side but feels that must be For­est’s tar­get, re­gard­less.

“We hope we will top that per­for­mance but it will be hard over the course of the sea­son to put in a bet­ter away dis­play,” he said.

“To come away with three points and a clean sheet is a mas­sive bonus. We con­trolled the game through­out.”

When Nor­wich visit next week­end, Lol­ley knows For­est will get good back­ing from the stands.

“That feel­ing of not los­ing games and be­ing dis­ap­pointed when you draw, rather than win­ning - that is a good feel­ing to have,” said Lol­ley. “Af­ter Mill­wall we were frus­trated and an­gry. But it was an­other point and we had not lost the game.

“Since I have been at For­est the sup­port has been bril­liant and it seems to have gone up an­other notch again this sea­son.”

Joe Lol­ley hopes For­est’s form will con­tinue af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break

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