It's good to be linked to Forest - 27/08/2003

There have been a number of reports linking me with a loan move to Nottingham Forest, and with being out of the first team spotlight, itís good to know that clubs are still aware of my situation at Newcastle. Forest are certainly a club Iíd be interested in Ė particularly on the basis of a loan deal as it would give both sides a chance to take a look at eachother. They havenít had the best of starts but I know that Paul Hart has assembled a very good footballing team. Heís also just brought in Steven McPhail and itís good to see the side being strengthened. Whatever does or doesn't happen, I'll keep plugging away and waiting for my chance to come.

Tonightís game at St.James will be interesting. Thereís so much running on this match and although the 1-0 win in Belgrade certainly gives us the advantage, itís by no means certain that weíll qualify. The team has been released to the media, so I can tell you that Olivier Barnard is in for a tough game tonight. The Partizan right-back likes to bomb forward Ė and they also pay with a winger so itís going to be a busy night for Olivier. Hugo is back in the team and will be playing on the left, but he was brought to the club for his ball playing, rather than ball winning skills. I their main threat will therefore be down our left side and the gaffer will be looking for a more solid performance than that given on Saturday against Man Utd.

The club really enjoyed our run in last seasonís Champions League, and if we get the result tonight, everyone will be looking forward to the UEFA draw. They donít come much bigger than Barcelona, Juventus, and Inter Milan, although one team weíd love to be drawn against is Real Madrid. But letís not get ahead of ourselves, tonightís game comes first.

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