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Scott Hogan: The secret to my 2018 success so far

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Scott Hogan: The secret to my 2018 success so far

Scott Hogan says new first team coach Steve Agnew has been key to the form that has seen him score in back-to-back Sky Bet Championship matches.

Hogan got off the mark in the league with the opener against Bristol City at the beginning of the month, and netted again to help us claim all three points at Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

And the striker believes Agnew's influence has been invaluable in the coach's first month at the club.

Hogan said: "Steve has been brilliant. He takes time out of his schedule to work with me every day. 

"We go through a lot of clips. I'll watch some of the best strikers in the world and study them.

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"Then, two or three times a week, we'll sit down and talk about things. He'll give me advice and look at how I can improve. 

"But the main thing is he's tried to instil confidence in me. He tells me when I'm doing things right and bigs me up to myself. That gets my confidence up.

"He's doing the same with Gabby and Keinan, too. He just makes you feel really confident and is working closely with us on a personal level.

"Hopefully now I can kick on further and continue to learn from him."

Hogan also believes the win at Forest has further proved our promotion credentials, having now beaten two teams with new managers away from home and two close challengers in the table in our last three matches.

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He added: "The match a Forest showed there's a real team here. You have to be able to grind out those results if you want to get out of this league.

"Beating Forest 1-0 away, with them on a high from the Arsenal game and with a new manager – I'd have taken that before the match, even if it meant it wasn't pretty.

"The goal has come off the side of my head – you've got to be in there to get those types of goals. It was a great ball in and it's won us the game thankfully."

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 15th January 2018