Nottingham Forest defender Matt Mills discusses his hat-trick regrets

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The centre-back nearly scored a hat-trick against Fulham at the weekend.

Matt Mills was the unlikely hero for Nottingham Forest last weekend as he scored two, and nearly netted a hat-trick, as Forest defeated Fulham in the Championship.

He had headed in two goals already when another effort hit the bar and went over, with the Forest faithful begging it to drop in.

Mills, who was used as an emergency striker during his time at Bolton Wanderers last season, including in an FA Cup tie against Liverpool, does not get many chances to score a hat-trick and as you can imagine he was devastated not to get the third goal against the Cottagers at the weekend.

He told BBC Nottingham Sport this week:

"I'm still proper gutted about it. Obviously as a defender there is not probably a load of opportunities you are going to get in your career to score a hat-trick.

"No. It would have been special. But it just wasn't meant to be."

Mills should not however beat himself.

A Dougie Freedman favourite he arrived at the club on a free transfer in the summer from Bolton and has found it tough to completely win over the fans at the City Ground since making the move to the club.

But his heroic performance against Fulham might have finally won over the remaining doubters as Forest look to go into the top-half of the Championship table with a win against Wolves this evening.

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