Turn the New Lawn into a fortress, says Klukowski
YAN Klukowski want to turn the New Lawn into a fortress as Forest Green prepare to welcome play-off rivals FC Halifax Town on Saturday, 3pm.
Klukowski opened his goalscoring account for the season from a free-kick at Braintree last Saturday in a 1-1 draw in Essex, and the popular midfielder feels home form will prove vital to Rovers' promotion hopes.
Klukowski said: "Our home form is very good and we are scoring lots of goals and playing great football, so we must continue to meet these high standards.
"Our home form will be crucial in achieving promotion and we are unbeaten at home, and we must turn the place into a fortress."
Klukowski insisted David Hockaday's side were more than satisfied with a point at Braintree.
He added: "We got the perfect start with an early goal, which gave us a great lift in confidence and seemed to deflate their players and from that we dominated the early stages of the first half.
"Unfortunately for us we then got dragged into their style of football and gave away too many fouls resulting in us having to defend long balls into the box, which swung the momentum in their favour.
"We defended bravely at the end of the half and we all feel aggrieved with the penalty decision, however we still had enough chances to win the game in the second half, so we do have to look at ourselves.
"On the positive side it's one more point than we got there last season and I do believe that teams will go there and drop points, it's a difficult place to go."
The Chippenham-born attacking midfielder feels he is now starting to find his form after forcing his way back into the team.
"I am starting to get more confidence and rhythm into my game now as I have managed to get my place back into the starting eleven.
"I understood the reasons why I didn't start the first game of the season and have shown a great attitude to get my place back in the side.
"It was fantastic to get my first goal of the season at the weekend and now I need to make sure I keep scoring and creating chances for others, that's the way to stay in the team along with a high work ethic.
"It's such a competitive squad so you have to play well every week to keep the shirt.
"It felt great being back in the middle of the park and it always feels more natural for me being it that position as I can make forwards runs from deep and get in the box late and score goals.
"Marcus Kelly has had a stunning start to the season so my time in midfield has been limited but hopefully I have done enough to retain my place in that position, but I will play anywhere as long as I am in the team."
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