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Nichols Hoping For Derby Experience

Nichols Hoping For Derby Experience

Striker Tom Nichols is hoping that he can be involved in this weekends match against Bristol Rovers, especially if he starts it will be is sixth start in a row for our first team.

Speaking to the Official Site Nichols says that City haven't had a bad record in derbies so far this campaign and he's hoping that continues, especially as it gives us a chance to get a positive result again following the disappointment against Mansfield Town and given the atmosphere on the day, he feels it'll be the perfect chance to get back to winning ways for the team.

'We lost last time out against Mansfield, we need to get back to winning games but we're not playing badly at all. It'll turn around and we'll start winning again.'

On a personal level, a start this weekend would be his sixth straight start for the first team, and now more than ever he feels he's really ready to keep making his mark in the first team.

'I'm delighted to be back involved, it's been brilliant. I feel like I'm ready now too. Looking back now to when I first played, I wonder whether I was mentally mature enough - I don't think I was. I feel like I'm a completely different player now, both mentally and physically.'

The youngster goes on to say that his previous experiences in and around the first team did teach him a lot, especially as he now looks back thinking he wasn't ready, and without those experiences he wouldn't be the player he is now because it gave him time to think, focus, and challenge himself knowing what the gulf was for him so he's learnt a hell of a lot over the past few years, and ultimately with young players that is why you give them the taste isn't it.

They do well in some moments, they are out of their depth at others. The ones who make it, use it as a learning curve, get back on the training pitch and in the youth squads/U21s determined that next time they get a chance they'll be better, so fair play to Tom for doing just that and letting the taste spur him on for improvement.

It's gone midnight now, so in a few short hours Nichols will also find out whether he just received a nomination for League 2 Player of the Month or whether he won it.

He's obviously delighted to be recognised like that for his performances last month, but he insists his only focus is on preparing for the weekend because one nomination doesn't mean he's made it, nor does it mean he can stop working hard and trying to improve.

He does joke however that if he doesn't win it this time round, he'll win it for January instead!



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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Friday January 10 2014
Time: 12:42AM

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