Kieran Dowell says he is getting ‘stronger and stronger’ after hitting brilliant hat-trick for Nottingham Forest


Kieran Dowell says he is getting “stronger and stronger” after hitting his first senior hat-trick in Nottingham Forest’s 3-2 win over Hull City.

The midfielder took his tally to five goals in 17 appearances since joining from Everton on a season-long loan with his treble at the KCOM Stadium.

While Dowell still closely follows what is happening at his struggling parent club, he is relishing his time at the City Ground as he works to ensure he learns from both the positive and negative aspects of his performances.

“I’m an Everton fan. I’ve got loads of mates there and I do keep in touch with what’s going on,” he said.

“I’m loving it here. I’m getting stronger and stronger as games go on.

“I’m getting fitter and learning the game a lot more than I would with the Under-23s at Everton. For example, I gave the ball away at Derby (for their second goal).

“It was a bad experience, but you learn from that.

Kieran Dowell celebrates his opener at Hull

“It’s a tough league. You become more robust. That’s what I came here to do.

“I’m happy to be playing every week. It was a decent night. It was a good performance from the lads and I’m very happy to get the three goals.

“We’ve been playing well for the past few weeks. It clicked together and we took our chances.”

Dowell has featured in every game this season, starting all but four.

The England Under-20 international admits he would love to start every time, but accepts that is not going to happen given the demands of the Championship.

“We’ve got a really good squad here. It’s going to happen that I don’t play every single game,” he said.

“There’s good depth here. You saw players sat in the stands today.

“It’s still not the biggest squad, but everyone can easily fit in.

“It’s a relentless league. That’s how it is. We’ll be working hard every day until Tuesday at Reading.

“That’s what I wanted. I came here to play football.”

Dowell opened the scoring in the first half with a stunning strike from 25 yards before adding a well struck half volley and a penalty after the break.

Despite his age, he already has a growing reputation for long-range thunderbolts and he felt he was due one for Forest to add to his collection.

“I’ve been waiting for one of them since I joined the club. I was due one,” he said.

Nottingham Forest’s Kieran Dowell with the match ball after scoring a hat trick in the 3-2 win

“I was looking for a pass but it seemed to open up. There were some good runs from the lads and their defence backed off so I took it on.

“I suppose we scored at the right times. We spoke about killing the game at half-time.

“We thought the second goal had done that but then they got back into it so we needed a third.

“Coming into the game, we didn’t have the biggest side, without Murph (Daryl Murphy). The gaffer told us to enjoy our footie and play the ball about like we can do. That benefited us.”



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