Nottingham Forest’s Dexter Blackstock on why Middlesbrough match will be special for him

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Dexter Blackstock is looking forward to making his 150th appearance for Nottingham Forest against Middlesbrough in the Championship on Saturday.

Dexter Blackstock has told Nottingham Forest’s official website that he has enjoyed his time at the club immensely.

The 28-year-old striker joined the Reds from Queens Park Rangers in 2009 and has gone on to establish himself as one of the key players in the team.

The former Southampton man is in line to make his 150th appearance for Forest on Saturday when Middlesbrough come to town.

Blackstock is looking forward to a landmark appearance for the Nottingham-based club at the City Ground.

“It’s a massive honour to play 150 games for a big club like Nottingham Forest,” the Antigua and Barbuda international told Forest’s official website.

“My time at the club has been very good. When I first arrived we were in the dire situation of possibly getting relegated and it has been a bit of a rollercoaster since I got here.

“We’ve had times when we’ve been close to getting to the Premier League and others where we’ve been close to going down again.”

Blackstock has scored one goal and created seven chances in 11 Championship appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 50% and a shot accuracy of 44%.

The 28-year-old’s place in the first team is not guaranteed, but his importance in Dougie Freedman’s team cannot be underestimated.

Forest are currently ninth in the Championship table with 50 points from 35 matches, 11 points behind sixth-placed Brentford.

The playoffs have probably gone, but the Reds will be determined to win against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Boro are the current league leaders, and defeating them will mean so much for Freedman and his players.

One suspects that Blackstock will be looking to celebrate his landmark appearance in style on Saturday.

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