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10 February 2017

Striker ready to go up against former club

THERE will be no room for sentimentality when Norwich City host Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday (3pm), according to forward Nelson Oliveira.

The Portugal international represented The Reds during a loan spell from Benfica last season, netting nine times in 24 starts.

Oliveira has already matched that tally for City since joining on a permanent deal in the summer, and told the media on Friday: "This won't affect me because when I'm on the pitch I only think of playing football.

"The fans at Nottingham Forest were always good with me, and I was good with them too. I enjoyed my time there because it was a good season.

"At the end I had a bad injury so missed 12 or 13 games but the people were nice. I left with having good friends there, although the focus for me is on the next game.

With the battle for places hotting up, the 25-year-old relishes the challenge represented by Cameron Jerome's recent run of impressive goal-scoring form.

"I feel good and like I can play my best football here", Oliveira added.

"It's my job to score goals and I will try to score more. If it's me who scores, or another player, as long as we win then I'm happy.

"I don't have a goals target because I can create as well as score. I'm not type of striker who only stays in the box so shouldn't be judged only on whether or not I score.

"Norwich was a good move for me. I'm prepared to have my best season and over the next few years as well; my career is different from now."

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