Nottingham Forest stopper Dorus de Vries is hoping to end Birmingham City’s high-flying start to the Sky Bet Championship season by being the first goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet against them.
Boss Gary Rowett has led Birmingham to an unbeaten start to the season as they sit comfortably in fourth place. With three wins and two draws, there’s no doubt that the Birmingham side have had a great start to the season.
However, De Vries is hoping that Nottingham Forest can ruin Birmingham’s party as the two sides meet tonight in a Sky Bet Championship clash.
The experienced keeper believes that Forest have nothing to fear when they take on Birmingham tonight after a deserved 2-1 win away from home at Queens Park Rangers.
Despite an out of character mistake from the shot-stopper in that game, Forest went on to win the game with goals from Henri Lansbury and Nelson Oliveira.
Forest boss Dougie Freedman has placed his trust in the Dutchman and that is giving De Vries the confidence he needs to excel.
When asked about keeping a clean sheet at St Andrews, De Vries said to the Nottingham Post: “It would be great, wouldn’t it? Absolutely. Particularly away from home. If you keep a clean sheet, you get a point as a minimum. It is simple.
“When you look at the team, I do feel that we can push forward now , after the result we had against QPR.
“But that should have been a clean sheet at QPR, because the guys defended really well in front of me.
“Now it would be great for me to keep one at Birmingham to help us build some momentum.”
The Dutch keeper is looking to improve on his performance at QPR but also build on a number of great performances before that this season. And after the departure of Karl Darlow from the City Ground, De Vries is happy to be the number one goalkeeper on Trent Side.
He added: “I wanted that number one shirt, I wanted to fight for it and now I want to hold on to it.
“All you can do is train hard and show that you are ready to go when you are called upon.
“I want to keep as many clean sheets as possible and contribute in my own way. I want to repay the faith people have shown in me this season.”
De Vries will be hoping that he can do just that tonight when Forest make the trip to St Andrews.
Birmingham have a free-scoring team at the minute and they will be looking to maintain their form as the season progresses. But Nottingham Forest may have other ideas as a host of new signings appears to have transformed their progress this season.
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