Mackie: For­est are up for the fight

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jamie Holt

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.

Buzzing

“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.”

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