Billy Davies has told Forest Player that his expectations for Saturday’s match against Burnley haven’t changed despite the recent spate of injury within his Nottingham Forest ranks.The Reds are likely to go into the game with Jamaal Lascelles as their only fully-fit centre back after Jack Hobbs and Greg Halford joined Danny Collins and Kelvin Wilson on the treatment table.
Forest will also be missing key midfielders Andy Reid and David Vaughan for the visit of the table-toppers, but their manager insists that The Reds’ misfortune should not hamper their pursuit of victory.
He said: “Expectation will never change at this football club. It’ll never change from the owner, fans, staff or players. We know what Nottingham Forest is all about and the expectation will always be extremely high no matter the situation. We will continue to try and match that as best we can.
“What’s happening to us in the centre back position is very unusual. We’re missing some key players, there’s no doubt about it. But that’s what happens in this game. We’ve just got to deal with it.
“I certainly believe we have some very good, experienced players who can fill in. What we have got to do is encourage our forward players to cause their defence as many problems as possible. It’ll be another competitive match and we’re very well prepared.”
The Reds boss recently revealed that he had been knocked back in an attempt to sign several loan targets, but he this morning told Forest Player that discussions surrounding the January transfer window have now begun in earnest.
Supporters can learn more by viewing the full interview on Forest Player, in which the manager also discusses the recent international break, how the integration between the first team and Academy is progressing and how the hard work put in by his backroom staff could come to the fore this weekend.
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