Striker expecting feisty clash with Forest under the floodlights at the DW Stadium.
- Waghorn expected fast and frenetic start
- Former England youth international grateful to Forest boss for international opportunity
- Let’s get the fundamentals right
Latics forward Martyn Waghorn says he expects the edge of Tuesday night’s clash with Nottingham Forest to produce an FA Cup style atmosphere and match at the DW Stadium.
Waghorn feels the combination of a night fixture, Forest’s superb start to the season and Latics’ own need to pick up points after Saturday’s defeat at AFC Bournemouth will produce a special evening.
“It was a bad day for us at the weekend and it’s important now that we stick together and work incredibly hard to put things right,” Waghorn said.
“We know on our day we can beat any side in this division but first and foremost it’s about getting the fundamentals right and giving the fans something to cheer about.
“We’ll need the fans on our side, the game will have a little edge; I think it’ll be like an old school FA Cup tie with a fast start at a high intensity.”
Forest are yet to be defeated in the Sky Bet Championship and Stuart Pearce’s side have built on the early season expectation that they’d challenge for promotion.
And Waghorn, who played under Pearce for England U21’s, expects a tough evening from a side that include former teammates of his in Matty Fryatt, Henri Lansbury, Andy Reid and Danny Collins.
“Forest have started really well and they have a lot of a good young players in their team,” he added.
“It’s going to be a good test and I know a few of their lads from my previous clubs, they’re all very experienced and they know this league well.
“We can beat anyone in the Championship, we have the players to do that, but it’s about making sure that we focus and stick to what has served us well in the past.”
On Pearce, Waghorn says he is very grateful to the man who gave him his international bow and he expects a hard-working Forest side to turn up under the former Manchester City manager’s leadership.
“Stuart Pearce was a great to work with, he demanded hard work and intensity in training and in your performance and often he got the best out of you,” Waghorn continued.
“I’m very grateful to him for giving me the chance to represent my country and I learnt a lot from him, playing with a great set of players.
“Someone with a playing and managerial CV like his will always command respect and obviously he’s gone to his former club in Forest and worked wonders for them so far.”