The Reds will put their unbeaten start to the season on the line when they face Roberto Martinez’s Premier League outfit in the second round of the Capital One Cup at The City Ground tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).
Forest have impressed many observers with their early season progress in the league, with an opening day win over Bristol City followed by excellent away draws at Huddersfield and Bolton.
Skipper Collins has no doubts where their priorities lie but believes a good showing against Wigan could have long-term benefits.
The summer signing from Stoke said: “It would be good if we can make progress in this. The priority is the league, we know that.
“If you could pick a good cup run or a challenge for the play-offs or promotion, I know what most people would take.
“It is just nice to win football matches and you can take confidence from a decent cup run, if you can get one.”
Collins, meanwhile, knows what to expect against Wigan, declaring: “I watched them against Chelsea, they lost, but they could have got something out of the game. They like to play football as well.
“They have good players going forwards and, for the neutral, it should be a good game. Hopefully we can come out on top.
“It would be good to make progress in the cup, whether you are playing a Premier League team or anyone else. The fans always like to have a good run in the cup.
“We had a good run with Stoke, getting to the (FA Cup) final a few years ago. It was a good run for us and it was a good day out for the fans.“
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