Nottingham Forest's Billy Sharp ready for duel of the strikers
BURNLEY arrive at the City Ground on Saturday boasting the country's most prolific striker in Charlie Austin.
But Nottingham Forest will be hoping their very own proven goal machine, Billy Sharp, can cut him down to size to get the Reds back to winning ways.
Austin has bagged 21 goals in 22 games already this season, but Burnley are a point behind tenth-placed Forest in the Championship.
After back-to-back defeats, Sharp insists the Reds need to win to close the four-point gap to the top six.
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And after bagging five goals himself in his last ten games, including two in his last three outings, the Forest striker is hoping to continue his own scoring streak.
Sharp, himself, boasts a superb career record of 124 goals in 236 league starts and the 26-year-old will be hoping to overshadow his goalscoring rival on the banks of the Trent this weekend when Austin arrives with the Clarets.
Sharp said: "He's (Austin) on fire but he has cooled off a little bit in recent weeks, but 20 goals before Christmas is great. It is what any striker wants for the end of the season so he must be delighted at the minute.
"He is the focal point of Burnley's play and he went on a good early run and confidence is the key. He scored goals and will be a big danger.
"It took me a while to get going but I feel as though I am playing well now and looking like I am going to score. And I hope to get another one on Saturday.
"I have always scored goals and believe I will score goals here. It was nice to score a few lately and I want to keep it going."
Strike partner Simon Cox has been ruled out for up to two months after suffering an ankle injury in the 2-1 win at Wolves.
Forest have lost the two matches since, to Ipswich and Hull, but Sharp is confident he can shoulder the responsibility, along with the likes of Dexter Blackstock, in Cox's absence from the side.
"Coxy is an influential player for us as he showed against Wolves," said Sharp.
"Funnily enough we have not won since he has been out and he will be a huge miss.
"But we have players to come in, like Dexter, and I am sure we will be fine with getting the goals."