Andy Reid dreaming of a bright future at Nottingham Forest
IN the last few months, Andy Reid's performances for Nottingham Forest have won him a night in a posh hotel and a voucher for new bed.
But, ahead of today's home game with Hull, the chance to catch up on some more luxurious sleep is not why the Irish winger admits he is currently in dreamland.
Last season, Reid probably had more time than he would have liked for relaxation, as he found himself a peripheral figure under Steve McClaren and Steve Cotterill.
But now, having established himself as an integral figure at the City Ground, Reid is daring to dream of a bright future under Sean O'Driscoll.
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Reid, who followed up his player-of-the-month award in August with a 'dream moment' prize for October, following his breathtaking solo strike at Peterbrough, remains convinced that Forest are on the cusp of something special.
A poor performance and a convincing defeat at Ipswich may not, on the face of things, provide much evidence to support Reid's optimism.
But he hopes fans will be able to look at the bigger picture, saying: "Just because we lost does not mean we are not a good side any more.
"One defeat does not break our season, nor would one win make it.
"We know we are a good team, we know we can produce good performances. We had been on a good run, we had won two on the bounce.
"It was disappointing, but we will keep things in perspective.
"We are doing OK, we are not in a bad position and there will be a lot of teams looking at us and thinking we have a good chance this season.
"Do we believe that as well? Yes, we definitely do.
"We could have gone fourth or fifth on Tuesday evening and now we have two home games coming up.
"Who is to say that we won't win both these games? If we do that, we would be right up there.
"Things are very tight in this division. A few wins can change things for you very quickly.
"We have two home games and, at home we believe we can beat anyone. Although, saying that, we believe we can be a match for anyone away from home as well.
"We have proved that this season. There will have been nobody who has played against us this season and, afterwards, said to themselves 'that was an easy game'.
"We want teams to fear us and to fear our style of play. We want to be a difficult team to play against and, in my opinion, we are getting there."
Reid was a half-time substitute at Portman Road and helped inspire a 20-minute improvement early in the second half, along with James Coppinger.
But he makes no attempt to gloss over the disappointing nature of their performance.
"There are going to be setbacks in this league, we know we are not going to win every game; we are not going to go undefeated," he said. "The important thing is that you bounce back. We have to right what was a poor performance.
"It is difficult to put your finger on one particular thing that went wrong. Perhaps you can put it down to being just one of those nights.
"What matters is how you put things right. We have to address things against Hull and, let's be honest, if we can pick up three points then what happened at Ipswich will soon be forgotten."
Forest have so far suffered only four defeats, with a flurry of draws perhaps the more significant factor in their position on the fringes of the play-off race.
Those defeats have largely come against strong, physical sides in the form of Leeds, Derby, Millwall and Ipswich.
But Reid believes that is more a coincidence than something Forest genuinely need to be concerned about.
"It is something you have to contend with in this division, of course it is. But I would also point out that we have played against other big, strong sides this season and come through it OK," he said.
"We have played similar sides off the park, so I don't think it is fair to put it down to that.
"I look back at the Derby game and I just put it down to us playing 45 minutes with ten men.
"At Leeds, in the second half, we played particularly well and might have come away with something.
"You can find excuses and explanations every time you don't win a game and you can explain things when you do win as well.
"You don't need to look too deeply into these things. It is important to look at the positives and also try to put the negatives right.
"Look at your mistakes and try to move forward from them.
"If you can do that and do not consistently make the same errors, you will always be improving, you will always give yourselves a chance of winning games.
"Hull are a side who like to play football, so hopefully it will be a good game."
And, on Saturday night, Reid will be hoping that he can go to bed contemplating another three points – and another reason to dream of a positive future at the City Ground.