Sean O’Driscoll has warned his Nottingham Forest players they will face dangerous opposition in Fleetwood Town this evening.The Reds launch their 2012-13 campaign with a first-ever encounter with the Football League newcomers in a Capital One Cup first round tie at The Highbury Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm).
Fleetwood stormed to promotion last season and Forest boss O’Driscoll is acutely aware of the challenge that will his face his side.
He told us: “A team with momentum are always dangerous and Fleetwood will have that after what they achieved last season in getting promotion with more than 100 points.
“They romped away with the Blue Square Premier which is a difficult league to get out of.
“They are now in League Two and people tell me there’s not a lot of difference between that level and the division they have just come out of so they will no doubt be there or thereabouts.
“It’s a great start for them – it’s a nothing to lose game for them, they will go out and enjoy it and it’s got all the ingredients of a difficult game for us.
“But we’re trying to look at it as good preparation for the Bristol City game – that’s the way we have to look at it.
“We have to go in with a plan of what we are going to try and do. “We want to win the game but that’s easier said than done.”
Forest rounded off their campaign of pre-season games with a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of West Brom on Friday.
O’Driscoll was disappointed with several aspects of his side’s display against The Baggies and is looking for an improvement this evening.
He concedes: “Fleetwood will be a different proposition to the game we had against West Brom but the principles underlying it will be the exactly the same.
“I will be looking for us to be better with the ball and when we haven’t got the ball can we defend as a unit, which is what West Brom did really well?
“We’ve got to progress as a team and the Fleetwood game is our next opportunity to do that.”