NOTTINGHAM FOREST: Striker says tide will soon turn

Dexter Blackstock.
Dexter Blackstock.

Dexter Blackstock believes his and Nottingham Forest’s fortunes are on the up.

Blackstock, 29, has started just four games in what has been a frustrating campaign for the Reds so far.

And he says he is determined to put in the hard yards - even if that continues to be off the bench as an impact substitute.

“It is frustrating not playing. But it is not like I’m a magic solution,” said Blackstock.

“It is not a case of me saying ‘we have not been scoring goals so put me on the pitch and I will score loads’.”

“It is a team thing. We have capable strikers and, if we can get them the right service, then we will score more goals.

“For me, personally, I want to play as much as possible. But I am sure my time will come.

“And coming off the bench can be just as important as starting games, if you can come on and make an impact at a certain time.

“It is not just about me because I alone am not going to get us out of this position. It is about the team.

“You do go through periods as a player and as a team where you do not score as many goals as you would like.

“You just have to stick to what allowed you to play at this level in the past; you have to remember what got you to where you are and back yourself.

“It is a long season and I am sure that I will get my chance at some point.

“If I am called upon to have an impact off the bench, I will look to do that.

“If the manager wants me to start, I am ready for that as well.”