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Thursday 24 August 2017

Forde still driven by dream of the Premier League

IRELAND keeper David Forde believes that Millwall can help him fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League in England.

Unbeaten in four games, the Lions are creeping up the Championship table under boss Ian Holloway and Forde, with three clean sheets in his last four games, has played a part in that run and the Lions are in confident mood ahead of tomorrow's league tie with Watford.

Forde has played top-flight football in Ireland (Galway United, Derry City) and Wales (Barry Town) but never in England, though the 34-year-old hopes that the Lions can go all the way and win promotion.

"We're making strides. Ian Holloway was the reason why I stayed in the summer and why I want to be here," said Forde.

"I really feel that under his leadership, and with his knowledge and the way he sees the game, that I can achieve my dream of reaching the Premier League.

"The team's structure and shape is so much better, We know now that we've got a way of playing that suits us and our players. Under this manager, any team that plays us knows they are going to have a difficult game - that was always the case under Kenny Jackett and Holloway has given us back that ethos.

Spirit

"If we can give anyone a good game, then we won't be found wanting this season. We've got that spirit in the dressing room again and it's been a while since I've felt like that," added Forde, on form at club level as well as with the international side.

"We're going to Watford in great spirits - we're unbeaten in our last four, we've done well away from home and we're racking up a few clean sheets," Forde added.

"This is an important period of our season - we've got three games in a week before the next international break. If we can go away to Watford, who are joint-top of the league, and get a good result, we'll set down a marker," concluded the Galway-born keeper, who was this week named in the squad for the November internationals against Scotland and the USA.

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