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Lewis-Potter relishing new wing-back role

17 December 2021

Keane Lewis-Potter is relishing the freedom afforded to him in his new wing-back role.

The 20-year-old has started the Tigers’ last five matches in an unfamiliar position on the right, occasionally swapping sides with opposite wing-back Ryan Longman.

The Tigers have gone unbeaten in that time and the youngster, who has mainly been deployed wide left during his burgeoning career, is enjoying his new responsibility.

“It’s been different for me, something before this season I had never done before,” said Lewis-Potter.

“It’s a bit of a deeper role to what I’m used to but the gaffer gives us freedom – me and Ryan – to play out wide, get in pockets in the middle of the pitch.

“We get the freedom to go forward. When one wing-back is on the ball, the other wing-back is expected to be in the box.

“I’m used to playing on the left-hand side but there have been a few times last season and this season where I have played as a right winger.

“It’s been challenging playing as a wing-back but I’m enjoying it. It’s something I’m looking to improve on and I can do that game-by-game.”

Lewis-Potter has scored two goals during the Tigers’ six-match unbeaten run and says his confidence – and that of the team – is high, after a difficult period before then.

“The first game of the season against Preston, getting a goal and an assist, my confidence was sky high.

“I followed that up with a goal against Wigan in the cup. Then, I – and the team – had a bit of a dry patch of no goals.

“The last six games, winning four and drawing two, we’ve been scoring goals and getting clean sheets.

“Once you’ve got that confidence back, it’s what you need to help you. We have played with confidence in the last few games and I think you can see that.

“We’ve come out the other side and, for me, this is just the start of us, going six unbeaten. We’ve got so much more and we can hopefully continue this run and start climbing the table.”

Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest are in excellent form themselves but Lewis-Potter says the Tigers will be aiming for maximum points.

“They are a team in form – a bit like us,” he added.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game but there’s enough in this changing room and in this team to go there and get three points.”

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