Mackie: Forest are up for the fight
JAMIE Mackie knows how to win promotion from the Championship and the Nottingham Forest striker claims the character shown in Thursday’s win over Watford proves they are up for the fight.
Their next challenge arrives in the shape of strugglers Yeovil today, but Mackie isn’t taking anything for granted.
Forest found themselves 2-0 down against the Hornets before goals from substitutes Simon Cox and Darius Henderson drew them level with 17 minutes to go.
Mackie then climbed off the bench and headed home with his first touch before Cox sealed the 42 victory – Forest’s fourth in six league games.
And having seen first-hand the sort of grit and determination it takes to win promotion to the Premier League with QPR in 2011, Mackie sees something similar engulfing the City Ground.
“I’ve been promoted from this division before and looking back at that we won games where we weren’t necessarily on top and we came out and showed great character,” said Mackie.
“We reacted great against Watford and that’s what it’s all about, character, if you want to get promoted from this league. It’s the run-in now, it’s the business end of the season and performances with character are a great sign.
“It just shows the belief we’ve got in the staff here.We’ll carry on executing the boss (Billy Davies’) plan as best we can, and if we do that we’ve got a great chance of getting promoted this year.”
Mackie took his season’s tally to three goals with his late header on Thursday while Cox jumped up to seven.
But Mackie, 28, doesn’t get jealous, he just wants to see Forest win and admits the form of his teammate bodes well ahead of today’s clash against the Glovers.
“I’m delighted with my goal, and I’m massively delighted for Coxy to get two goals because that’s what you want, your forward players scoring goals and feeling confident, and it’s a great sign for everyone because we’re buzzing,” added Mackie.
“It shows the sort of belief we’ve got, as staff and as a group, the messages we get given from the boss are great, if you’re on the bench you trust him and his decisions.
“I was desperate to get on and be busy and get in and around the goals. I need to find myself in those areas more and I’ll know I’ll score goals with the quality of Reidy (Andy Reid) dinking balls over.”
Boss Davies has bolstered the already swelled ranks at Forest by re-signing Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan on loan until the end of the season.
Vaughan, who played five games in an injury-plagued loan spell earlier this season, joins new arrivals Rafik Djebbour and Danny Fox and he’s determined to make up for lost time.
“A key factor behind me coming back here was to be part of a squad pushing for promotion,” said Vaughan, who won promotion from the Championship with Blackpool.
“The players believe in what the manager is trying to achieve and we’re all in it together with the same aims, which we’ll work hard to achieve.
“I’m pleased to have everything sorted. I’ve enjoyed my time here so far and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. I like the way we play, we’ve got a good squad and the ambitions of the club are in line with what I want to achieve. It’s good a good opportunity for me.”
SHOOT ON SIGHT: Nottingham Forest’s Jamie Mackie fires in another shot