Nelson Oliveira opens up over his ‘difficult’ moment at Rotherham United and reiterates his Norwich City focus ahead of the visit from his former club, Nottingham Forest
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Nelson Oliveira is happy to put a difficult few weeks behind him – ahead of his Nottingham Forest reunion.
The Portuguese striker made a goalscoring return to Norwich City's starting line-up at Wigan in midweek, after serving a three-match ban for violent conduct in the shock defeat at Rotherham last month.
Oliveira's flailing arm at Kirk Broadfoot early on at New York Stadium meant he missed City's FA Cup replay at Southampton, alongside the home Championship wins over Wolves and Birmingham, before a late cameo from the bench at Cardiff and then start at the DW Stadium.
'Ah… I think it was a difficult moment for me because I reacted and I should not react; I know that – it was a mistake,' admitted Oliveira.
'The guy pulled on my hair. Everyone saw what he did to me, and sometimes it's an instinct. It's like if I push you now, you will react.
'I know I shouldn't do that. I apologised for that. In the moment I was sad. I was angry. It was not a good time for me, the last couple of weeks.
'But now it's in the past. I'm happy I'm back, I've scored and hopefully I can continue to score more goals and help my team to get promoted.'
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Next stop is Saturday's visit from Nottingham Forest – where Oliveira spent last season on loan from Benfica, before finally getting a permanent move away from Estádio da Luz.
And the striker will hope for a better reception than the constant boos and jeering that welcomed Yanic Wildschut back to Wigan.
'Yeah, hopefully they will receive me better,' said Oliveira. 'But to be fair it doesn't matter because when you are on the pitch, I only think about playing. It doesn't matter if the fans receive me good or not. I'm focused on the game.
'Last season was a season with ups and downs. In the end I was looking forward to going to the Euros and I got a bad injury, I missed the last 12 games and I wasn't available to get to the Euros. It was a little bit frustrating.
'But in general I think it was a good season for me. I enjoyed my team-mates and everyone at Forest was good with me, and it was a good season. But now I'm at Norwich, and focused on Norwich.'