MACKIE IS HELP­ING GIVE FOR­EST FEEL-GOOD FAC­TOR

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

WHEN Billy Davies looks at the sign­ings he’s made for For­est, I’m sure he’ll ad­mit that my old player Jamie Mackie is the pick of the bunch.

I had Jamie at QPR and his en­thu­si­asm alone make him worth a place in any side. Fans love him, team-mates love him – the way he plays just lifts the at­mos­phere of the en­tire club and that’s price­less.

I think it was very ap­pro­pri­ate then when he scored his first goal last week, it was the plat­form for For­est to go on and beat a poor Bolton side 3-0.

I see a lot of my old QPR side in For­est.We didn’t spend quite as much money but we could still get the play­ers we wanted.

And like them, we started the sea­son at about 12-1 or 14-1.We weren’t many peo­ple’s favourites.

But the thing is, we started well and got on a run. And when that hap­pens, play­ers just can’t see how they can lose.

They be­lieve in you, they be­lieve in their team mates. They’re full of con­fi­dence and it makes ev­ery­thing so much eas­ier. It re­ally can be some­thing as sim­ple as a feel-good fac­tor that wins you the ti­tle.

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