Anthony Forde talks to www.themillers.co.uk...
Rotherham United winger Anthony Forde says that the positivity currently engulfing the club’s Roundwood training base will be key, as he and his teammates travel to Swansea City on Good Friday as part of the 2018/19 season run-in.
The Irish wide man has called upon his side to replicate the performance which saw them dominate large parts of the game against Stoke City last weekend, and ultimately, leave them departing the Bet365 Stadium unfortunate not to have all three points.
Speaking ahead of an Easter weekend double header against Swansea City and Birmingham City, the former Walsall midfielder has called for more of the same in both attitude and performance.
“We've got a good positivity around the group at the moment and that is really important at this stage of the season,” Forde told www.themillers.co.uk.
“You've just got to take each game as it comes now and we've got a few tough ones, but if we can perform like we did at Stoke then we should be alright.
“I was delighted to be back in the side and as a team, we were brilliant, which is the most important thing.”
Forde played a starring role on the left flank for Paul Warne’s side at the weekend, providing plenty of ammunition for a barrage of Millers attacks which caused the Potters all sorts of problems.
The winger continued to add that he has no complaints in where he is deployed on the pitch and expressed his pleasure at being handed a starting shirt.
“I was happy with my display. I thought I contributed to the performance and got the assist for the first goal. I put some dangerous balls in but that's expected from me and from all of the other wingers,” Forde explained.
“I like playing on the left as well and I like going either way when facing a man. It doesn't bother me whether I'm playing on a certain side, I'm just happy to be in the team.
“In the first 25 minutes we did really well. The 20 after that was a bit rocky when they got their goals, which were poor goals really, although they did get a bit of luck with the second to be fair.
“We just knew if we could get one back in the second half then we'd go on and draw, if not, win it. We probably should have nicked it in the end had it not been for their 'keeper, who made a few unbelievable saves.”
Forde concluded by paying lip service to the home victory over Friday’s opponents, whilst reiterating that performance levels will once again have to be right up there if his side are to return from Swansea City with precious points.
“I think we were brilliant on Saturday,” he continued.
“Every game is different and you don't know what can happen, so we'll just be ready and organised the way we usually are and hopefully get a great result.”