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Forest fan Morrell ready for threat from County

5 March 2018

Forest fan Joe Morrell admits playing cross-city rivals Notts County is always special - but he is well aware of the threat they will carry on Tuesday night.

Morrell - who supports Forest thanks to his dad - revealed he remembers watching the Premier League as a youngster and seeing the likes of Shola Ameobi and Jon Stead playing in the top-flight.

And that duo could line up against the Bristol City loan man again this week in the rearranged Sky Bet League Two fixture.

"The main threat is their front two," said Morrell. "Ameobi and Stead both played in the Premier League and I grew up watching that league and them.

"When we played away it was a bit weird playing against them in my first league season. Coming up against them was a bit strange.

"We have worked on their threats, we will do that again today, so we will be prepared.

"I have played against (Jorge) Grant in the Under-23s and I'm a Forest fan too so if I can play well against Notts County then that is a good one. Grant is a threat, as are a lot of a players in their team."

Morrell scored a wonder goal in the recent 2-2 draw with league leaders Luton Town as he thumped home a stunning 30-yard effort.

But he has no plans on living on the history of that goal for very long.

"I've watched it back a few times on twitter and social media," smiled Morrell. "But now I've got to concentrate on the rest of the season and forget it.

"I can strike a ball fairly well - I just don't do it very often! The ball came out, I took a touch and decided to hit it. It felt like a good strike. Hopefully it won't be too long until I do it again.

"I'm not really a goalscorer midfielder so that is something I need to improve," he added.

"The system helped at Luton with Nigel (Atangana) sitting in behind and me and Winny (Carl Winchester) having the responsibility to support Mo (Eisa).

"Going into the game I felt I had more responsibility and onus on me to get forward. But in a 4-4-2 you are there to protect. I had the freedom to go and express myself and enjoyed that."


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