Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Nottingham Forest have the character, determination and ability to solve problems posed by their opponents.The Reds are unbeaten in the Championship this season as they prepare to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park tonight (kick-off 8pm).
They came from 2-0 down at home to Birmingham on Saturday to force a 2-2 draw – the second time this season they have come from behind to claim a point.
Birmingham set out to stifle Forest’s free-flowing approach and first team coach Hasselbaink is expecting more of the same in the months ahead.
“Teams will set out to try and make life difficult for us but I think we will overcome that,” the Dutchman told us.
“We had half chances against Birmingham at 0-0 and if we had put one of them away they would have opened up and it would have become a different game.
“We didn’t score first but we were patient and showed spirit and character to come from behind, which is what you need.
“I’m happier that we came back against Birmingham like we did than the comeback against Bolton.
“Birmingham came with a plan and made it very difficult for us.
“But to still get something out of the game – from 2-0 down – was very pleasing. It was a good achievement for the players.
“We want to play well; we want to work the ball; we want to pass it and we want to give the opposition a problem.
“Unfortunately on Saturday it didn’t go how we wanted it to but we’re still unbeaten.”
Forest will go head-to-head tonight with a Palace side enjoying a mini-revival after a difficult start to the new season.
They lost their opening three league games but have bounced back with wins over Sheffield Wednesday and their arch local rivals Charlton.
Hasselbaink added: “Home or away in the Championship is a battle. You just have to prepare for games as well as you possibly can and be ready for the challenge – and we are ready.”
Reds fans are reminded that tickets for the Palace game will be available tonight at Selhurst Park. They can be purchased from the visiting supporters’ box office in Park Road.
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