Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies has spoken to Forest Player about the important role Reds fans have to play in Saturday’s East Midlands derby at The City Ground (kick-off 12.15pm).The fixture is well-known for its vociferous atmosphere and, with the match being broadcast on Sky Sports as well as foreign channel Al Jazeera, The Reds’ boss believes Forest fans will cherish the opportunity to showcase their unique energy to a global audience.
He said: “The fans as always will play a big part. This is probably the biggest footballing event of the weekend right across the country. There’ll be many eyes on the match monitoring what’s going on.
“It’s important that the supporters get behind the players and let the world hear the wonderful City Ground roar we hear every week.
“We know it’s a big weekend for them, it’s all about the bragging rights. They have suffered in that respect after the last few derbies but we’re very well prepared again and we have a great group of players who are looking forward to what will be a tough game for both sides.”
While focussed solely on picking up an important three points, the manager was keen to stress that tomorrow’s occasion will be one for all to savour.
He said: “This is what football is all about. This is why you play and manage at this level, because you look forward to these big-pressure games.
“We will do all we can on the pitch to put smiles on our fans’ faces.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.