Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies has warned that his side will enjoy no easy matches between now and the end of the season.The Reds have been in unbeatable form recently and have come away from tough-looking fixtures against the likes of Hull, Brighton and Burnley unscathed.
And for many, Saturday’s visit of Blackpool (kick-off 3pm) – a side languishing in mid-table after enduring a bitterly disappointing campaign thus far – would represent a winnable fixture ahead of two tricky away games at league-leaders Cardiff and playoff-chasing Middlesbrough.
But not for Davies, who remains staunchly committed to treating every opponent with the utmost respect.
Speaking exclusively to Forest Player, he said: “I don’t look at whether a match is home or away, I don’t look at the team, I don’t look at the league position – I certainly don’t look at the club and think one game’s easier than another.
“When we first came in we had 15 very tough games – now we have six. The situation is very clear; we’re now competing against teams who have had a very long time to organise themselves. We’re trying to do the best we can to make this team better – we tried to utilise the loan market but unfortunately the answer was ‘no’ on a couple of occasions.
“It’s not easy at this stage of the season - you’ll see strange results right across the division. Everyone is fighting for their lives. We know we need to be up for every game and that there’ll be bumps and bruises along the way, but I’m positive that every single player is doing everything they can for the cause.”