McGugan eyes Forest resurgence

Reds midfielder seeks a return to glory days

McGugan: Not fazed by pressure

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Lewis McGugan is hoping Nottingham Forest can rediscover their former glories in the not too distant future.

A club which can boast two European Cup wins has come off the rails in spectacular fashion in recent years, becoming the first side to slip into the third tier of their domestic league pyramid after conquering Europe.

They did clamber back into the Championship last season, at the third attempt, but have now been out of the top-flight for a decade.

A disappointing start to the current campaign did not bode well, and put pay to Colin Calderwood's tenure at the club, but a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup on Saturday has got the City Ground buzzing once more.

Confidence

"The aim is to get this club back where it once was," said McGugan.

"The name Nottingham Forest speaks for itself. The history is there for everyone to see.

"We should not be where we are but results like this will just build confidence even more.

"Hopefully we can go on a run of games now and start picking up points in the league, which is the proper stuff for us."

Burden

It has been suggested in the past that the extraordinary feats achieved under the guidance of Brian Clough in the late 1970s have weighed heavy on the shoulders on those that have followed that success

However, McGugan believes a rich history is something to be cherished, not feared.

"You can't look upon the name as a burden," said the 20-year-old midfielder.

"If you are going to look at the history of the club and see it as a pressure, you should not be here.

"It is something you have to deal with and put it to one side so you can play your football."