He had a « friendly derby », but now midfielder Harry Arter is eagerly awaiting a fierce version with Nottingham Forest
The summer signing will experience the East Midlands rivalry for the first time tonight, when County Derby visits City Ground
The atmosphere will not be the same as usual, the matches taking place behind closed doors
However, Arter says it won’t change the meaning of the game, as the Reds look to continue their unbeaten start under new boss Chris Hughton, as well as make sure fans have bragging rights.
“I had the one from Bournemouth-Southampton, but it wasn’t really a fierce derby It was like a friendly derby,” Arter told NottinghamshireLive with a smile “From what I have seen, this one is a little different!
« I have a few friends who played there – Grabbs (Lewis Grabban), obviously, and a few Derby guys that I know They said it was a real derby
« It’s evidenced by the lack of fans It’s a huge disappointment, but we know it will make them happy if we win
« As much as we have to attack the game with intensity and aggressiveness in the right way, we have to realize that this is a game – in relative terms – in the season
As big as the game is for town and gamers, it’s another game
« Our goal is to be in the top two, so it’s a game we have to win for that reason, more than anything »
Arter made two replacement appearances under Hughton, in Saturday’s win over Blackburn Rovers and 1-1 home draw against Rotherham United on Tuesday night
« Everyone is really excited, especially after the last two results, » he said ahead of tonight’s game
« It was a little disappointing not to get the three points on Tuesday, but we are now two games unbeaten in a big derby match
« Even though I’m a little older now I still have that little selfish side – wanting to be on the team and wanting to play But you realize the team is more important
« The manager chooses the team he thinks is the best, and if you come in as a sub you have to try to impress and have a good impact on the team
« But you watch the game and look for areas where you think you can improve the team when you step in
« We have such a great squad here – and we’re going to need it because there are so many games
« Everyone knows they are going to play a role this season and it’s about trying to help the team »
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