‘We can beat anyone playing like that’ – Barrie McKay vows Nottingham Forest will come out flying after the international break


Barrie McKay believes Nottingham Forest have one of the most competitive squads in the Championship – and hopes the fight for places can help them to maintain their recent revival in form.

Mark Warburton’s side have claimed 12 points from their last six games and head into the international break in confident mood, following their 4-0 drubbing of QPR.

With players like Ben Brereton and Matty Cash unable to secure a place in the squad for the match at the City Ground – and David Vaughan and Tendayi Darikwa ruled out with minor injury problems – there are numerous good players on the sidelines.

And McKay hopes that strength in depth can help them to maintain their performance levels they demonstrated against Ian Holloway’s Hoops.

“I think we’re definitely up there, when you look at our squad. You only have to look at the players that weren’t even on the bench and then the players on the bench and those that came on – it shows you the real strength in depth,” said McKay. “It’s up to the ones that have got the shirts to keep them.

Barrie McKay in action against QPR

“We can beat anyone playing like that, definitely. We just need to have that belief that we can go out there and give those performances every week and beat teams.

“We have set the standard now. I think it’s just that level of consistency we need to show and we need to build on that as well.

“We’re going to have a few days’ hard training and then we’ll have a rest for the international break so we’ll come back against Birmingham flying again.”

McKay feels Forest played as well as they have done all season against QPR.

“Yes, it’s definitely right up there with our best performances of the season. We probably controlled the game after a sloppy first 10 minutes and we probably could have had more goals, if I am being overcritical,” he said.

“Maybe we had a sloppy first five, 10 minutes but after that we got on the ball with one and two-touch football, going forward whenever we could.

Barrie McKay celebrates with the Forest team after netting the third against QPR

“Tyler got his goal and that gave a lift to us and the fans – everybody got a lift from that.

“Some of the football was fantastic to watch, yes. I think you see it every day in training with the players we’ve got. Everybody is comfortable on the ball and that’s the way the gaffer wants us to play.

“We showed that with our one and two-touch play and it’s how easy it is with one and two touches to simplify football, really.”

And McKay believes it may well have been his best individual performance for Forest as well, following his summer move from Rangers.

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“It probably was my best performance so far. I think it’s up to me to keep that level of consistency and to keep adding goals and assists as well,” he said.

“I think every player has that day and I thought today was mine. I got on the ball a lot more and looked dangerous and we looked as if we could score on every occasion. I thought we were brilliant.

“I think it’s just that belief that we can do it week in, week out and it’s up to us to do that.”



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