Fierce fight for Nottingham Forest places fuels motivation levels, says Liam Bridcutt


Liam Bridcutt says the fierce fight for places at Nottingham Forest provides daily motivation for every player in Mark Warburton’s squad.

The midfielder will return from suspension this weekend, when Forest head to face Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town.

He will be one of four players fighting it out for the two deeper lying midfield roles in the Reds’ preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, along with David Vaughan, Ben Osborn and Andreas Bouchalakis.

That is not the only area of the pitch where Warburton has options, with a host of players fighting for a chance in defence and in attacking areas.

And former Leeds United skipper Bridcutt says it is a situation that keeps every member of the squad on their toes.

Liam Bridcutt plays a ball down the line for Forest

“There are a few players fighting it out for places. We all push each other every day. We all get on as lads, but we also know that there is competition there every single day,” said Bridcutt.

“We all want to be in that starting 11 and we push each other every day. You know whoever is selected that they will go out there and do a job for the team.”

Bridcutt has played alongside both Osborn and Vaughan in recent weeks, prior to his one-match ban.

And he has been impressed by both men, saying: “Ben has been brilliant for us. His energy and what he brings to the team – he is so versatile. He can play in a number of positions and the rest of the squad all have a lot of respect for him.

“We know that he will turn up every day in training and put a shift in – that he will push players.

David Vaughan in action for Forest

“I definitely enjoyed playing alongside David as well, he has been a key part of Forest for a number of years now. He is a great player to play with.

“He is very technical and he understands the game well. I think we can play well together.”

Bridcutt believes Warburton is good at making the most of his squad – and knowing when players need a rest from the action or when they need to be pushed harder.

“The manager and coaching staff are very good at knowing when players need a break and when they need to work hard, particularly when it comes to those who have been away on international duty,” said Bridcutt.



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