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Ireland's Simon Cox eager to make impression for Nottingham Forest against West Ham

Updated: Friday, 03 Jan 2014 17:49 | Comments

Simon Cox: 'It's going to be a tough task but if we get to the Premier League next season we'll be going up against this sort of team week in, week out'
Simon Cox: 'It's going to be a tough task but if we get to the Premier League next season we'll be going up against this sort of team week in, week out'

Nottingham Forest striker Simon Cox is relishing the prospect of a taste of the top flight against West Ham in the FA Cup.

Forest will face Premier League opposition in a competitive match for the first time in almost 18 months when Sam Allardyce's team arrive at the City Ground on Sunday.

The last time was in August 2012 when Wigan won 4-1 on the banks of the River Trent in the League Cup - a game which saw Cox score the Reds' consolation goal.

Forest harbour realistic ambitions this season of ending their 15-year absence from the top flight and Cox sees the visit of the Hammers as a taste of what might be.

"It's going to be a tough task but if we get to the Premier League next season we'll be going up against this sort of team week in, week out, which obviously is what we want to be doing," said the Republic of Ireland international.

"You don't necessarily like to play sides from your own league because it can feel like any other game, but this is a match everyone is looking forward to. It'll be a good test for us."

"You don't necessarily like to play sides from your own league"

Cox had scored four goals in seven games before missing Forest's 2-0 Boxing Day win over QPR, consequently having to settle for substitute appearances against Leeds and former club Reading.

Fully fit again and in contention to start the third round tie, he hopes to begin another scoring run on Sunday.

"It would be nice to score against West Ham because they're a Premier League team, but a goal is a goal no matter who it's against," said the 26-year-old.

"This season the gaffer has told me to forget about dropping into midfield, stick to the 18-yard box and score goals. That's what I'm here to do and that's what I feel I have been doing of late."

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