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Karl Keen To Blunt Blues

17 April 2014

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow says The Reds must ‘tighten up’ defensively ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Birmingham City (kick-off 3pm).

Gary Brazil’s side have conceded nine goals in their last three matches and the Reds number one has told Forest Player he is looking to stop the rot against the relegation-threatened Blues.

Darlow said: “We are leaking goals at the moment which isn’t nice, especially for me. We know what Birmingham are about and we know they have an attack which can cause us problems. But we definitely need to tighten up at the back.

“We need to perform, first and foremost, and then take it from there. The recent performances have been disappointing but if we can get three points then hopefully we can take that into the last few games of the season and finish well.”

Lee Clark’s side sit just three points above the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone and will arrive at The City Ground looking to take a giant step towards securing their second-tier status.

And although Darlow admits the game will be a tricky one given Birmingham’s precarious position, he believes The Reds have enough quality to take a first win in 14 attempts.

He said: “It will be tough because they are fighting for their livelihoods. They’ll be scrapping to avoid relegation but I’m pretty confident that if we perform to the best of our ability then we’ll beat them.

“We need to go out and put on a display for our supporters. Like any Championship side on their day, Birmingham are a dangerous side but this game is all about how we do. Three points would give us a massive confidence boost.”

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