Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies has told Forest Player that he and his players have taken the international break ‘in their stride’ ahead of Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth.The Reds went into the two-week layoff on the back of a tremendous 3-1 victory over Brighton, but any concerns that the break may bring about a stutter in form have been brushed aside by the Reds boss.
He said: “I don’t get too bothered about international breaks. It’s there and we’ve got to deal with it. We just take it in our stride.
“It came along at a nice time. We had played seven games in 21 days so the rest was much needed. It will be nice to get back to Saturday-Saturday fixtures because it allows us to get more important work done on the training ground.
“A lot has happened over the last couple of weeks. The players who were here have done some good work both individually and collectively and there has been a big integration between the Under 21s and the first team, which is very important to us.”
Bournemouth come into the match as one of the most unpredictable sides in the Championship. They beat Millwall 5-2 to go into the break in 8th place, but they have also been beaten 5-1 and 6-1 on the road this season.
Forest are strong favourites with the bookies, but their manager reiterated the need to treat the match the same as any other.
He said: “You’ve got to give all sides great respect in the Championship. No team at this level will give you an easy game. We’re all equal and capable of beating each other, we all have good players and we all have good days and bad days.
“We will encourage our players to go out and express themselves and try to pick up another very important three points.”
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