Forest manager Alex McLeish refused to play down the importance of tomorrow’s match against Watford at The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).The Reds have their sights firmly set on the playoffs but The Hornets hover menacingly in their way.
Gianfranco Zola’s men occupy the final slot and, if Forest are to close the gap, there would be no better time to start than tomorrow afternoon.
McLeish insisted: “It’s a huge game – they have a five point advantage over us and we need to reduce the deficit.
“We’ve got a great chance – we must believe that and be confident, especially at home. We need to get the fans on our side by dominating the early stages.
“Watford are a well-drilled side who play similarly to a few Italian teams – we know they are heavily influenced by Udinese.
“But we have to impose our own style and try our very best to get the three points.”
Chris Cohen, who played with a back problem at Derby, trained all week and is fit – although there is concern over one of his fellow midfielders.
McLeish said: “We’ve been working with several players to try and get their sharpness up – Guy Moussi was coming into our thoughts but he unfortunately picked up a calf niggle while doing extra training last Sunday and is out of contention.”
Marcus Tudgay and Daniel Ayala are still injured, while Adlene Guedioura remains away with Algeria at the African Cup of Nations.
Andy Reid, however, is back in training after recovering from a hamstring problem.
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